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The next decade: Solving the big 3 IT problems
Challenges include data center transformation, data analytics, and integrated data management.
VCs score big in EMC-Isilon deal
VCs score big in EMC-Isilon deal
Mellanox acquires Voltaire for $218 million
InfiniBand vendors come together for next generation of high performance computing.
ESG Lab Review: HP P4000 SAN
Testing verifies support for more than 150,000 Microsoft Exchange users.
Brocade boasts record revenues, but . . .
Brocade boasts record revenues, but . . .
Oracle isn't losing its Lustre
Since Oracle acquired Sun, there has been uncertainty surrounding the fate of the Lustre file system.
Managing mid-range storage is a balancing act
Success depends on managing resources to keep capacity and utilization in balance,
Mid-range RAID recap: Infortrend, Dot Hill, AMI
A trio of RAID vendors that are focused primarily on the channel recently began shipping mid-range products, with an emphasis on multi-protocol (e.g. Fibre Channel, iSCSI, NAS) support.
Recent business news from:
Intel (five new storage design wins), QLogic and Avaya, Nirvanix, Emulex and Red Hat, Winchester Systems and CA Technologies, Neverfail, and the ExecEvent (formerly BDevent)
NetApp revenue up 33%, earnings up 72%
NetApp revenue up 33%, earnings up 72%
SSDs hit mainstream stride
SSDs hit mainstream stride
Storage highlights from Supercomputing 2010
New products from Voltaire, Chelsio, Virident, Terascala, NextIO, BlueArc and Penguin Computing.
Data Robotics lands reseller deal with HP
HP will resell the entire line of Drobo RAID arrays.
ESG IT Audit: MS adCenter = EMC Symmetrix + SQL Server
Microsoft's adCenter BI platform is powered by Symmetrix and SQL Server.
EMC’s $2.25 billion bid for Isilon exceeds expectations
EMC’s $2.25 billion bid for Isilon exceeds expectations
Brocade's 10GbE switches support TRILL, FCoE
TRILL protocol eliminates the need for the Spanning Tree Protocol (STP).
Hitachi GST enters SSD market
Solid-state disk (SSD) drives were developed in conjunction with Intel.
LSI ships SSD-based accelerator card
The 300GB WarpDrive SPL-300 plugs into a standard PCIe slot.
Silver Peak ships WANop virtual appliance for data centers
Company claims end-to-end performance of up to 1Gbps.
Violin's cache appliances accelerate NFS NAS
Appliances combine Gear6 caching software with Violin's flash-based memory arrays.
16GFC standard doubles Fibre Channel speed
16GFC doubles Fibre Channel's speed to 16Gbps. Products are expected next year.
EMC shells out $2.25 billion for Isilon
IDC: The market for scale-out NAS will grow 36% annually, reaching $6 billion by 2014.
Startup BridgeSTOR enters data reduction market
Appliances combine data deduplication, compression, thin provisioning, encryption.
IBM Stakes its Cloud Storage Claim
IBM Stakes its Cloud Storage Claim
Isilon stock volatility stabilizes, but acquisition speculation stays
Isilon stock volatility stabilizes, but acquisition speculation stays
openBench Labs Review: Software optimizes physical/virtual environments
Testing up.time software in a VMware vSphere infrastructure.
Panasas scales parallel storage
ActiveStor 12 is based on a parallel file system, 64-bit multi-core processors, 10GbE  and a scale-out NAS architecture,
The future of storage management (it's not good)
Will storage management tools ever be as good as network management tools?
Extreme Makeover: FalconStor Edition
Extreme Makeover: FalconStor Edition
EMC acquires Bus-Tech for mainframe VTLs
Bus-Tech’s VTLs leverage open systems disk resources to store and retrieve mainframe-based tape data.
CA upgrades ARCserve Replication, High Availability
Multi-Stream Replication provides at least a 2X performance improvement.
ESG Lab Review: EMC Symmetrix VMAX and MS Hyper-V
Enterprise Strategy Group tests VMAX with Microsoft's CSV and Hyper-V
NetApp overhauls product line, from arrays to OS
NetApp bills today's announcements as "the biggest launch in the company's history."
Quest to acquire BakBone for $55 million
BakBone's NetVault includes CDP, data deduplication, replication, and tape- and disk-based backup.
Recent business news from:
HP and FalconStor, EMC and Redstor, CA and LabTech, Lenovo and Dot Hill, Symantec and Sepaton, TwinStrata and VMware, and the Evaluator Group
Promise ships Intel C5500/C3500-based RAID
Company claims a 4X performance boost with the VTrak Ex30.
Netgear offers free cloud storage with ReadyNAS
New ReadyNAS appliances range from $699 for a 2TB model to $3,999 for a 12TB model.
Dot Hill enters storage virtualization market
AssuredUVS (Unified Virtual Storage) virtualizes heterogeneous arrays.
Dell and Broadcom 1st with Modular LOM
Dell and Broadcom 1st with Modular LOM
End-user survey: Virtual server backup and recovery
Only 29% of IT organizations back up their entire virtual infrastructure.
Intel’s card play in unified networking (10GbE+iSCSI+FCoE)
Intel’s card play in unified networking (10GbE+iSCSI+FCoE)
Bocada upgrades backup reporting software
Bocada is migrating customers to Data Protection Service Management.
Q&A: FalconStor CEO James McNiel
Executive changes may signal a shift in direction and strategy.
Marathon integrates everRun MX, CA ARCserve
Marathon has combined its everRun MX high-availability software with CA’s ARCserve replication software.
CommVault reports solid second quarter
CommVault reports solid second quarter
Guest blogger: DCIG's Jerome Wendt on The Future of RAID
Guest blogger: DCIG's Jerome Wendt on The Future of RAID
Avere to upgrade tiered NAS OS
Features include bi-modal CIFS ACL support, parallel file access, and support for up to 24 NAS filers.
How does your IT salary measure up?
IT salaries in 2011 will merely compensate for last year's 2-4% decreases.