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Industry News and Analysis

Oracle Ships 'Columnar Compression' for its Storage Systems
Customers who want columnar compression of data, but don't want to use Exadata, the restraints are gone.
(Another) POSIX Rant
Standard POSIX commands may be adhered to today, but they are old and haven't kept pace with the times. Is irrelevancy imminent?
QLogic Expands 'Adaptive Convergence' with New Switch, Routers
Under its so-called Adaptive Convergence initiative, the company aims to make it simpler and less expensive for customers to migrate storage and networking in the data center.
Supercomputer Center Claims Largest Storage Cloud
University of California, San Diego's supercomputer center boasts what may be the biggest storage cloud in the U.S.
Storage Features: Where Are They?
A bad economy doesn't mitigate the need for improvements in technologies. Two critical technologies in need of a refresh are ANSI T10 Data Integrity Field AKA Protection Information (DIF/PI) and declustered RAID.
Over 1M IOPS and 12 Gb SAS
If SSD vendors are depending on PCIe 3 and beyond for performance, the limitations they face will likely be from PCIe and OS performance.
Toshiba Ships New Portable Hard-disk Drives
Toshiba's new Canvio 3 and Canvio Basics 3 drives pack up to 1 TB of storage in a portable form factor.
Follow-up: PCIe 4.0, Not a Good Plan
Having a doubling of performance between now and 2015 will stifle innovation. Or could it actually be part of some vendors' secret plan?
Teradata to Add Columnar Processing
Teradata adds hybrid 'columnar' storage and retrieval to its database flagship.
BridgeSTOR Ships Dedupe on a Card
BridgeSTOR announces a data deduplication card for Microsoft Data Protection Manager 2010.
ESG Lab Review: Druva inSync
This hands-on tests examines the endpoint backup solution, with a focus on ease of deployment and use, near-CDP, access and restore and data deduplication in a mixed Windows and Mac environment.
PCIe 4.0, Not a Good Plan
PCIe 4.0 will double PCIe 3.0 performance, but it's not coming fast enough.
Demand for Cheaper SSDs for Frontline Storage Growing
Survey finds IT trending towards use of SSDs to replace HDDs in datacenters.
Future Development
With most manufacturing going on outside of the United States, how long will we continue to be the major center for ideas that are used in computers?
D-Link Debuts 'Secondary Server' Arrays
D-Link introduces the DSN-4000 Series xStack Storage iSCSI SAN Arrays for secondary server applications such as disaster recovery, backup, surveillance, and archiving.
Iomega Shows Low-cost Video Surveillance Systems
The EMC subsidiary aims at SMBs and distributed enterprises with affordable video surveillance.
Tape, Here We Go Again
Tape is dead. So are hard drives. Is it really true this time?
ESG Lab Review: NEC Express5800
This ESG Lab report looks at the NEC Express5800 Fault Tolerant server with a focus on the operational simplicity, continuous availability, and cost effectiveness of turn-key fault tolerance in a consolidated virtual server environment.
Intel Aims Longer-lasting SSDs at Data Centers
The chip giant targets its own previous generation of solid-state drives for replacement by the new industrial strength SSDs designed for data center use.
New Genesis SSDs Feature Memory Signal Processing
Second-generation drives  feature high-endurance and high-performance.
The Oldest File on Your Desktop
How long is 'too long' to keep an untouched file on your desktop?
Kaminario Releases New 'Hybrid' SSD Appliances
SAN maker Kaminario comes out with new storage appliances that can use different types of solid-state drives.
Permabit Strives for 'Dedupe Everywhere'
The company's latest dedupe software targets removing duplication throughout the data lifecycle to simplify life for data administrators.
Seagate Ships 4 TB External Hard Drive
A new hard-disk drive supports as much as 4 TB of data in a 3.5-inch external form factor.
CA Updates ARCserve to r16
The latest release of the company's data protection suite adds new components and support for a hybrid storage model.
Storage Software Sales Continue to Soar
Mirroring other portions of the IT infrastructure space, software for storage continued to grow in double digits in the second quarter of 2011, according to IDC.
Does Block Storage Have a Future?
Block storage depends on file systems, and NTFS, the most common file system on the planet in terms of instantiations does not scale well, putting this longstanding symbiotic relationship at risk.
openBench Lab Review: Veeam Backup & Replication vs. Symantec Backup Exec
openBench Labs compared the functionality of Veeam Backup & Replication v5, designed explicitly for VMware virtual infrastructure, with Backup Exec 2010 R2, designed as a full-featured data protection package for SMEs.
Gluster Founder Details Data Management Strategy
Video interview: In the era of cloud computing and big data, the use of the open source GlusterFS filesystem is growing thanks to systems scalable architecture. But how is the company behind Gluster set to grow?