Industry News and Analysis

Helium Drives for Data Storage
March 31, 2014 -- You might consider a helium drive, but make sure you’re making the right product comparison.
Doubts about Gartner's Analysis of Enterprise Arrays
March 26, 2014 -- The methodology behind the research firm’s analysis of enterprise arrays is decidedly unclear.
Box Files for $250M IPO
March 25, 2014 -- The provider of business-friendly cloud storage services announces its plans to go public.
Tips on Future-Proofing Your Fibre Channel Assets
March 24, 2014 -- Despite many competing technologies emerging in the data center, Fibre Channel can maintain its place.
Actifio Raises $100M, Valued at $1B
March 24, 2014 -- Company announces a new round of VC financing as it prepares to take on legacy storage and expand into the mid-market.
CloudBerry Launches Cloud-to-Cloud Backup
March 21, 2014 -- CloudBerry Backup v3.8 gives businesses more cloud backup options, including a healthy selection of public cloud storage providers.
Backblaze Debuts Open Source Storage Pod 4.0
March 20, 2014 -- Cloud backup company cracks open the case on its faster, cheaper open source storage system.
Data Storage: Metadata Everywhere (And Not a Drop to Drink)
March 20, 2014 -- Because they can't handle the many different types of metadata in use today, POSIX systems are likely on the way out.
SpiderOak Announces Unlimited Secure Cloud Storage
March 19, 2014 -- The company offers businesses access to its privacy-enhancing public cloud for a flat fee.
Optical Storage for Data Archiving?
March 17, 2014 -- A data storage pundit opines that Blu-Ray is not suitable for long term data archiving.
Fibre Channel's Future in a Software-Defined World
March 14, 2014 -- Experts disagree about whether fibre channel will survive as datacenters become increasingly software defined.
SolidFire Continues Its All-SSD Push into the Enterprise
March 13, 2014 -- The storage company upgrades its all-flash lineup with new data protection features and Fibre Channel support.
Why Is Software-Based Storage Management Still Hardware-Dependent?
March 12, 2014 -- For now, most storage continues to be sold as appliances but moving to true software-defined data centers could disrupt the market.
VMware's Virtual SAN Finally Ships
March 12, 2014 -- Company jumps into the server-side storage fray by announcing the general availability of its Virtual SAN product.
StoneFly Unveils DR365 Backup and Disaster Recovery Appliance
March 11, 2014 -- The storage systems maker melds its backup and recovery technologies into an all-in-one storage appliance.
Data Storage Mysteries: What Happened to MAID?
March 10, 2014 -- The technology behind massive array of idle drives never took off, despite massive hype. Its failure offers a lesson for today's storage admins.
Sony and Panasonic Work on New Optical Archival Disc
March 10, 2014 -- Another optical disc format? The companies see a future for a Blu-ray successor that packs up to 1 TB of storage capacity.
Avere Launches FXT 4800 Cloud-Friendly Filer
March 6, 2014 -- Company adds more SSD capacity and faster processors to help speed up the company's cloud-connected NAS filer.
The Need for Realistic Benchmarking Protocols
March 5, 2014 -- Without realistic benchmarks that address real world problems all we we are going to get is vendor hype.
DataDirect Networks Launches WOS 360
March 5, 2014 -- The company doubles down on data protection after delivering an object storage platform for Big Data.
Rackspace Taps Brocade for Leaner, Greener Cloud SANs
March 4, 2014 -- The cloud computing company manages growth with Brocade's efficient Gen 5 Fibre Channel SAN technology.
Hybrid Flash Storage Arrays: When and Where?
March 3, 2014 -- Hybrid flash storage arrays are more expensive than other options, but in certain scenarios they are clearly the best choice.