GlassHouse Technologies has launched a Virtualization Optimization Service to provide visibility into the management of virtual infrastructures. The service includes reports, metrics and analysis on performance reporting, capacity planning, configuration and asset management, forecasting and constraint identification, incident management and monitoring, and other services.

— CA has launched the Back-Up Wakeup Call program for resellers and users, offering deeper discounts for software such as ARCserve Backup and four related suites, as well as a Business Intelligence Dashboard with two free copies of CA XOsoft replication software.

— Storage Guardian is offering “enterprise-grade” services to managed service providers (MSPs) through the Storage Guardian VAR program. Services include online data backup, business continuity protection, and information lifecycle management (ILM).

— Compellent Technologies is in the process of integrating STEC’s ZeusIOPS enterprise solid-state disk (SSD) drives into its SANs. Compellent’s Data Progression software will enable customers to deploy only two SSDs in a “tier 0” configuration, automatically migrating inactive data to less expensive drives. Compellent plans to offer its SSD SANs through channel partners in Q2 of 2009.

— Arista Networks and IBRIX are collaborating to develop a NAS and iSCSI cloud storage platform for financial services, media, Web 2.0, HPC, and cloud computing applications. The platform will combine Arista’s 7100 family of 10GbE switches and the IBRIX Fusion scale-out NAS platform. In testing, the Arista 7100 and IBRIX Fusion delivered a single-stream file read performance of almost 600MBps in a one-to-one client-to-file server ratio configuration, and a request/response rate of 46,000/sec.

— Caleido AG, the Swiss maker of the online storage solution Wuala, announced today that it has merged with LaCie, the French manufacturer of external storage devices. Together the companies plan to build a cloud storage service.

— Sun Microsystems announced that the Internet Archive, one of the world’s largest digital libraries, has migrated its digital archive efforts onto Sun’s open hardware and software platforms and established a new primary datacenter that will be housed at Sun’s Santa Clara, Calif., campus.

— RAID Inc. and Terascala, a developer of parallel storage appliances, have entered into a strategic partnership to leverage Terascala’s parallel file system and RAID Inc.’s storage solutions for the high performance computing (HPC) market.