Industry News and Analysis

A Small Step for VMware, A Giant Leap for iSCSI
July 30, 2010 -- A Small Step for VMware, A Giant Leap for iSCSI
IBM to Acquire Storwize
July 30, 2010 -- IBM to Acquire Storwize
IBM scoops up Storwize
July 29, 2010 -- After weeks of rumors, IBM today officially announced that it plans to acquire Storwize, which specializes in real-time data compression for primary storage.
A backup vendor you haven’t heard of
July 29, 2010 -- A backup vendor you haven’t heard of
Options for long-term data retention
July 28, 2010 -- Alternatives range from scale-out file-based systems to traditional tape archives.
Oracle supports LTO-5 on STK tape libraries
July 28, 2010 -- Allaying doubts about its commitment to tape, Oracle recently announced support for LTO-5 tape drives and media in all of its StorageTek tape libraries.
HP P4000 with Citrix XenDesktop: Optimizing Virtual Desktop Infrastructure
July 27, 2010 -- A growing number of organizations are using VDI to reduce the cost, complexity and risks associated with PC desktop management. This report documents hands-on testing of an HP P4000 SAN in a Citrix XenDesktop environment—focusing on ease of management, performance, storage efficiency, and availability.
Attention storage pros in the entertainment industry
July 27, 2010 -- Attention storage pros in the entertainment industry
Recent announcements from:
July 26, 2010 -- SNIA, STEC, Infortrend, Vision Solutions, Double-Take, GreenBytes, Caringo, Certeon, Druva Software
MLC vs. SLC flash for enterprise SSDs
July 26, 2010 -- Until recently, conventional wisdom dictated that SLC technology was the only type of NAND flash that was suitable for enterprise-class SSD drives. That situation is changing
Why SSDs won't replace HDDs
July 23, 2010 -- Consultant Henry Newman looks at the limitations of SSDs and explains why SSDs and HDDs will coexist for the foreseeable future.
Fusion-io debuts flash-optimized OS subsystem
July 23, 2010 -- Fusion-io introduced a flash memory-based OS subsystem called the ioMemory Virtual Storage Layer (VSL) this week.
Isilon stock soars on Q2 earnings report
July 23, 2010 -- Isilon stock soars on Q2 earnings report
EMC Forum: Integration, integration, integration
July 23, 2010 -- At the EMC Forum conference last week, the emphasis was on integration, including VMware, private clouds, Unisphere, vStorage APIs, vBlock, and EMC's entire product line.
Overland adds SnapServer NAS, NEO tape library
July 22, 2010 -- Overland Storage's new SnapServer NAS N2000 may be positioned at the high end of the SnapServer line, but it carries a low-end price tag: $4,999 for an 8TB configuration.
Keep an eye on this startup
July 22, 2010 -- Keep an eye on this startup
EMC breaks Q2 revenue record
July 22, 2010 -- EMC breaks Q2 revenue record
IBM expands SONAS, adds ProtecTIER appliance
July 21, 2010 -- July 20, 2010 -- IBM has added automated, policy-driven, file-level tiering to its Scale Out Network Attached Storage (SONAS) platform, as well as support for the IBM XIV.
Xiotech array targets VDI environments
July 21, 2010 -- July 20, 2010 -- Xiotech introduced the Emprise 9000 disk array and software enhancements this week, targeting performance-intensive environments such as virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) deployments.
EMC doubles Data Domain performance
July 20, 2010 -- EMC made a number of data deduplication announcements this week, including the introduction of the DD670 disk-based backup appliance.
Dell to acquire Ocarina for data deduplication
July 20, 2010 -- Dell to acquire Ocarina for data deduplication
Recent announcements from:
July 19, 2010 -- PAR, NetEx, DeepStorage Labs, Microsoft, Violin Memory, Cloudera, Netezza, CTERA Networks, NTP Software, GlassHouse Technologies
Nimbus scales all-flash SSD arrays
July 19, 2010 -- Nimbus Data Systems today added a high-end model to its line of S-class storage arrays, which are based solely on solid-state disk (SSD) drives.
InfoStor + Enterprise Storage Forum = Storage Synergy
July 17, 2010 -- InfoStor + Enterprise Storage Forum = Storage Synergy
Startup's iSCSI array merges primary, secondary storage
July 15, 2010 -- Nimble Storage today launched an iSCSI array with a converged approach to primary and secondary storage.
Storage tiering with automated data migration
July 14, 2010 -- Taking advantage of expanding storage tiers via automated data migration is becoming commonplace, but vendors differ widely in how they implement the technology.
It may be a slow boat to converged networks
July 14, 2010 -- It may be a slow boat to converged networks
VMware vSphere 4.1 includes powerful storage features
July 13, 2010 -- VMware has added a slew of new storage features in the 4.1 release of vSphere that bring storage hardware acceleration to the virtualization platform.
Recent announcements from
July 13, 2010 -- Double-Take, IBM, Compellent, Esteem Systems, Crossroads, Fujifilm, PSS Systems, Diskeeper, Evaluator Group
3G C-NICs Address Mass Migration to 10GbE
July 13, 2010 -- 3G C-NICs Address Mass Migration to 10GbE
Storage considerations for VDI implementations
July 13, 2010 -- A Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) can have more stringent storage requirements than a virtual server environment.
Fabric convergence: Changing the nature of fabric attach
July 10, 2010 -- Converged fabrics will address the challenging demands of the consolidated, virtualized data center, for which legacy networks are a mismatch.
RAID array recap: Infortrend, MaxTronic
July 10, 2010 -- July 8, 2010 -- Infortrend recently began shipping a new addition to its ESVA RAID family that includes 8Gbps Fibre Channel host interfaces and 6Gbps SAS drive connections.
Microsoft Hyper-V R2: Scalable, Native Server Virtualization for the Enterprise
July 9, 2010 -- This report documents hands-on testing of Microsoft server virtualization technology with a focus on the enhanced flexibility, availability, and performance of Microsoft Hyper-V R2.
Maximize ROI with Diskless Desktop VMs, Low-Latency Autonomic Storage
July 9, 2010 -- This openBench Labs review tests a Xiotech Emprise 5000 SAN array in a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) environment with Citrix XenServer and XenDesktop Enterprise Edition.
Open season on open-source ZFS?
July 9, 2010 -- Open season on open-source ZFS?
NetApp threatens Coraid over ZFS
July 8, 2010 -- July 7, 2010 -- Coraid may face legal action from NetApp if the company does not cease plans to sell the Coraid EtherDrive Z-Series NAS appliance based on the open-source Zettabyte File System (ZFS).
EMC to buy Greenplum for “big data” private clouds
July 7, 2010 -- EMC to buy Greenplum for “big data” private clouds
EMC acquires data warehousing vendor Greenplum
July 7, 2010 -- EMC on Tuesday revealed it plans to acquire privately held firm Greenplum, a move that aims to up its appeal to IT buyers thanks to the smaller firm's data warehousing and analytics processing capabilities.
Promise adds storage services appliance
July 6, 2010 -- Promise Technology today announced the VTrak S3000 appliance, which includes a variety of storage services, including volume virtualization, thin provisioning, snapshots, volume copy, remote replication, data migration, WAN optimization and SSD caching software.
EMC pulls the plug on Atmos Online
July 3, 2010 -- EMC pulls the plug on Atmos Online
EMC upgrades Ionix change management software
July 2, 2010 -- EMC has enhanced its Ionix Storage Configuration Advisor (SCA) software with added support for mixed storage networking environments and new compliance features.
Arkeia integrates backup with VMware vStorage
July 2, 2010 -- As part of its ongoing rollout of version 8.2 of its Akeia Network Backup software, Arkeia this week introduced a backup agent that leverages the VMware vStorage API.
Recent announcements from:
July 1, 2010 -- Emulex, Cisco, Oxygen Cloud, Data Robotics, Dot Hill, Intel, QLogic, Promise Technology, PMC-Sierra
Oracle adds FC, dedupe to Sun Storage 7000 array
July 1, 2010 -- July 2, 2010 -- Oracle introduced a number of enhancements to its Sun Storage 7000 Unified Storage System this week, including support for Fibre Channel, data deduplication and compression, and 1TB and 2TB SAS drives.