Industry News and Analysis

How server virtualization affects storage
<B>May 30, 2008</B>—It's no secret that virtualization is one of the hottest trends in IT, but what's less clear is how virtual servers impact end users' storage strategies.
SANpulse - Automating Data Migration
The process of migrating data and applications to a new infrastructure can be extremely lengthy, costly and error prone. SANpulse Technologies employs a powerful combination of people, processes and technology to solve the data migration problem. ESG lab performed hands on validation of the SANlogics software platform and audited a multi-month data migration project with a SANpulse customer.
Plasmon virtualizes archiving
<B>May 30, 2008</B>—Plasmon is moving beyond the physical limitations of traditional optical archiving into a virtual world with the announcement of the latest release of its Enterprise Active Archive (EAA) platform.
Xsigo, Verari offer virtual storage, I/O combo
<B>May 29, 2008</B>—Blade vendor Verari Systems and I/O virtualization specialist Xsigo Systems announced a joint product partnership this week that has the duo offering high-density blade systems with virtualized network and storage connectivity in the same enclosure.
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Atto Technology, Call/Recall Inc., Chelsio Communications, Citrix, Data Domain, EMC, Harris, Hifn, LSI, Nichia Corporation of Japan, Reldata, StoredIQ, Voltaire Ltd., Xdata
CommVault upgrades SRM software
<B>May 28, 2008</B>—CommVault has announced an updated version of CommVault Storage Manager, one of five software modules that make up the company's Simpana storage management software suite.
Silver Peak accelerates WAN appliances
<B>May 27, 2008</B>—Silver Peak Systems has introduced the NX-9000 Acceleration Appliance, the newest and biggest member in its family of NX systems, with 10Gbps interfaces, wire-speed encryption, de-duplication, and a new set of acceleration techniques
Video storage has unique requirements
<B>May 23, 2008</B>—Generating video content is no longer the exclusive domain of television and movie companies. The Internet is exploding with video and other rich media content.
Double-Take speeds up P2V migrations
<B>May 23, 2008</B>—Double-Take Software has enhanced its flagship Double-Take for Windows software with a Virtual Recovery Assistant (VRA) module that the company claims can reduce physical-to-virtual (P2V) migrations in VMware ESX environments from hours or days to a matter of minutes.
BakBone embeds VMware support
<B>May 22, 2008</B>—BakBone Software has become the latest vendor to integrate its data-protection software with VMware virtual server technology with the release of NetVault 8.1 and a software plug-in
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Brocade, Chi Corp., Ciena, Citrix, Dallas Digital Services, Dell, EMC, Fujitsu Computer Systems, Hifn, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Lefthand Networks, Mimosa Systems, NetEx, ONStor, RSA, Unitrends
Atempo intros CDP for SaaS providers
<B>May 21, 2008</B>—Atempo is set to ship a new version of its Live Backup data-protection and archiving software that will mark its first continuous data-protection (CDP) offering for the Linux and Mac OS X markets, as well as the company's first foray into providing a platform for service providers interested in delivering storage services via the Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) model.
EMC adds de-duplication to disk libraries
<B>May 20, 2008</B>—EMC pulled back the curtain at this week's EMC World user conference to reveal a family of de-duplicating disk libraries, new disk drive spin-down capabilities, and low-power drives for its high-end DL 4000 virtual tape library (VTL),
HDS unifies storage management tools
<p><strong>May 19, 2008</strong>&mdash;Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) today made headway in its quest to unify the management of block-, file-, and content-based storage with the introduction of the Hitachi Storage Command Suite</p>
Brocade rolls out 8Gbps HBAs, switches
<B>May 16, 2008</B>—As Brocade builds momentum for its vision of unified networks in the data center, the company continues to roll out real-world hardware to support users suffering the limitations of existing fabrics as they deploy virtual server and storage infrastructures.
HP revamps database archiving software
<B>May 16, 2008</B>—In an effort to combat "database bloat" and better manage data throughout its lifecycle, Hewlett-Packard has introduced an enhanced version of its HP Database Archiving software
Spectra Logic enters de-dupe VTL market
<B>May 15, 2008</B>—There's a new player in the world of de-duplicating virtual tape libraries (VTLs). Spectra Logic has inked a deal with FalconStor Software
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AmeriVault, Atto Technology, CA, DocuVault Group LLLP, Dot Hill Systems, Dynamic Network Factory, EMC, Insight Integrated Systems, Iron Mountain, NetApp, Network Technology Group, PHNS, QLogic, StoneFly, Uniadex Ltd., VMware
Caringo touts clustered storage capabilities
<B>May 14, 2008</B>—Caringo has announced a new version of its CAStor content-addressed storage (CAS) platform with an eye toward making its software an attractive, low-cost option for users interested in clustered storage.
Data Domain boosts de-duplication performance
<B>May 13, 2008</B>—Data Domain has moved from dual-core to quad-core processors to deliver a new data de-duplication system that boasts a 75% boost in performance, more capacity, and extended support for remote office replication.
VMware automates disaster recovery for virtual servers
<B>May 12, 2008</B>—VMware has announced a new tool for disaster-recovery management and automation in virtual server environments with today's launch of VMware Site Recovery Manager, a software product that works with VMware Infrastructure, VMware VirtualCenter, and replication software
The power shift to green storage
<B>May 9, 2008</B>—According to IDC, average data-center energy costs are growing at 20% per year and are expected to double by 2012. Discussions with Wikibon.org users confirm this expectation, as shown in <B>Figure 1</B>. Compounding this dynamic is the fact that power density is going up for all IT equipment, at a rate of 20% to 30% per year.
Riverbed ties into network management tools
<B>May 8, 2008</B>—After fine-tuning its WAN acceleration hardware appliances, Riverbed Technology has announced a round of software upgrades to its Central Management Console (CMC),
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Atec Group, Dell, LSI, Overland Storage, Seagate, Solid Data Systems, SunGard, VMware
IBRIX Fusion - Simple Scalable File System
This ESG Lab report examines the ease of installation and deployment of direct and SAN attached systems running IBRIX Fusion scalable network-attached file system software. Scalable capacity, performance for a wide variety of workloads and high availability are also explored.
HP announces multi-petabyte file storage system
<strong>May 7, 2008</strong>&mdash;Hewlett-Packard has announced the upcoming availability of the HP StorageWorks 9100 Extreme Data Storage System (ExDS9100), a high-performance, high-capacity system specifically built to house and serve file-level data for businesses
MonoSphere adds capacity management for VMware
<p><strong>May 6, 2008</strong>&mdash;Storage management software maker MonoSphere today announced a round of enhancements to its Storage Horizon capacity management product, including more features for VMware environments,</p>
Mimosa ships file system archiving platform
<B>May 5, 2008</B>—Mimosa Systems is branching out. The company, known primarily for e-mail and instant-message (IM) archiving products, will announce tomorrow the NearPoint File System Archiving (FSA) system
RenewData speeds up e-discovery
<B>May 2, 2008</B>—Searching thousands of backup tapes for individual files or e-mails is often time-intensive and costly. That is why RenewData is applying a new technology in its tape processing services that can quickly comb large volumes of tapes for discovery and risk management of stored information.
IBM launches SaaS storage services
<B>May 1, 2008</B>—This week, IBM announced its first foray into the on-demand data-protection market with the introduction of new Information Protection Services offerings based on Software as a Service (SaaS) technologies obtained via last year's acquisition of Arsenal Digital Solutions.
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Asempra Technologies, BakBone Software, Cofio Software, Data Domain, DataCore Software, Freescale Semiconductor, Hifn, Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, Hitachi Ltd., PMC-Sierra
Pillar addresses virtual servers
<p>In an effort to overcome performance and capacity utilization problems associated with deploying traditional storage systems in support of virtual server environments, Pillar Data Systems has introduced a set of pre&ndash;configured application profiles for its family of Axiom disk systems designed to improve the storage provisioning process for virtual machines.</p>
Virtual reality sets in
<p>According to IDC, the number of virtual servers deployed will rise at a 41% CAGR through 2010, resulting in almost 8 million virtual servers implemented on 1.</p>
Video storage has unique requirements
<p>No &ldquo;one&ndash;size&ndash;fits&ndash;all&rdquo; device meets the requirements of every video application.</p>
The power shift to green storage
<p>The pressure to go &ldquo;green&rdquo; in general, and in storage specifically, is an opportunity to assess and modernize IT infrastructures.</p>
Symantec updates Storage Foundation
<p>Symantec has announced the newest versions of its high&ndash;availability storage and server management software&mdash;Veritas Storage Foundation 5.</p>
Sense and sensibility about tape and disk
<p>The rise of disk&ndash;based backup&ndash;and&ndash;restore technologies, most notably virtual tape libraries (VTLs), has been well&ndash;documented.</p>
Sense and sensibility about tape and disk
The rise of disk-based backup-and-restore technologies, most notably virtual tape libraries (VTLs), has been well-documented.
<p>Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer&rsquo;s guide for professionals.</p>
HDS beefs up search for NAS, archiving
<p>Addressing the tricky task of searching and retrieving unmanaged data in the data center, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has introduced a new file and content services product that delivers common search, retention, movement, and protection of data across NAS and content archive environments.</p>
It&rsquo;s time for primary storage optimization
<p>Capacity optimization is no longer limited to secondary storage. The advantages are the same when applied to primary storage.</p>
How server virtualization affects storage
<p>An ESG Research survey of virtual server users reveals some interesting storage technology and implementation trends.</p>
FalconStor releases IPStor 6.0
<p>FalconStor Software recently announced that it is taking a new tack toward selling its data&ndash;protection software with a round of upgrades as well as a change in its selling strategy that will see its IPStor technology sold as separate products rather than as a single software suite.</p>
Energy concerns impact secondary storage
<p>While much of the recent attention paid to data&ndash;center power and cooling concerns has focused on servers and primary storage systems, a recent Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) Research survey of 398 North American IT decision&ndash;makers found that energy&ndash;related issues are also affecting organizations&rsquo; secondary storage purchase decisions.</p>
CAS systems make the grade
<p>It has been several years since content&ndash;addressed storage (CAS) systems emerged to assuage end users&rsquo; fears that the pressures of regulatory compliance would ultimately result in a long&ndash;term stay in a sanitarium.</p>
Brocade debuts file virtualization box
<p>Brocade recently announced a new twist on its file virtualization technology in the form of the Brocade File Management Engine (FME), a 2U in&ndash;band network appliance that automates the movement and management of file data in Windows environments.</p>
<p>This section takes on late-breaking business and partnership news written for industry insiders.</p>
Avoiding &lsquo;partial information loss&rsquo; in ECM
<p>Enterprise content management (ECM) systems may require data&ndash;protection solutions that go beyond traditional backup&ndash;and&ndash;recovery software.</p>
Virtual servers meet VTLs
<p>The explosive growth of server virtualization is fueling a change in the way end users evaluate and ultimately choose their backup systems.</p>