Industry News and Analysis

Plasmon, NetApp offer archiving platform
Optical archiving vendor Plasmon has joined forces with NetApp to deliver a new hybrid archiving system that combines NetApp’s disk storage for quick data recovery and Plasmon’s optical archiving platforms for long-term retention.
Plasmon, NetApp offer archiving platform
<p class="MsoPlainText" style="margin: 0in 0in 0pt"><font face="Courier New" size="2">Optical archiving vendor Plasmon has joined forces with NetApp to deliver a new hybrid archiving system that combines NetApp&rsquo;s disk storage for quick data recovery and Plasmon&rsquo;s optical archiving platforms for long-term retention.<br /></font></p>
Brocade outlines FCoE plans
<B>June 27, 2008</B>—Brocade executives took the stage in New York this week at the company's annual meeting with investors and analysts to detail the company's latest products and to temper some of the hype and expectations swirling around the availability of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) networking technologies.
Brocade outlines FCoE plans
<strong>June 27, 2008</strong>&mdash;Brocade executives took the stage in New York this week at the company's annual meeting with investors and analysts to detail the company's latest products and to temper some of the hype and expectations swirling around the availability of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) networking technologies.
Latest announcements from:
Adaptec, CRC Technologies, Hewlett-Packard, Intronis Technologies, NetApp, Open-E, Parascale, Plasmon, Sepaton, VKernel, VMware, Xcedex LLC
HP launches de-duplicating backup systems
<B>June 26, 2008</B>—Hewlett-Packard has announced a new crop of enterprise-class virtual tape libraries (VTLs) equipped with data de-duplication software OEM'd from Sepaton, as well as a homegrown de-duplication feature for its family of disk-based backup systems for SMBs.
The promise of FCoE, the reality of adoption
<strong>June 25, 2008</strong>&mdash;Since Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) was first proposed as a standard nearly a year ago by a collection of network storage vendors, the noise surrounding the technology has been deafening. Touted as the next-generation networking and storage technology, FCoE is an elixir for data centers that suffer from excessive power consumption, cabling nightmares, and spiraling costs.
Cisco enhances virtual data centers
<B>June 24, 2008</B>—Cisco today announced several additions to its portfolio of Data Center 3.0 unified fabric products and services aimed at helping customers virtualize data centers and provision applications more efficiently.
MozyEnterprise: Secure online backup for the Enterprise
For organizations of all sizes, remote PC and server backup is a critical task that can be both challenging and expensive. This ESG Lab Validation report explores secure and automatic offsite backup for desktops, laptops and Microsoft Windows servers as provided by MozyEnterprise. This report is focused on the capabilities built into the MozyEnterprise offering that address the needs of enterprises, including open/locked file support, in-flight and at-rest data encryption, CDP, etc.
Data Domain adds file-locking option for compliance
<B>June 23, 2008</b>—De-duplication specialist Data Domain added a new software feature to its repertoire today when the company announced Retention Lock
Continuity releases DR management software
<B>June 20, 2008</B>—Continuity Software is set to release version 3.0 of its RecoverGuard disaster-recovery (DR) monitoring and management software with a new set of enhancements that allows the product to detect and correct DR threats and vulnerabilities in VMware environments.
Atempo adds e-mail to file archiving platform
<B>June 19, 2008</B>—Atempo has added to its file archiving platform with this week's introduction of Atempo Digital Archive for Messaging (ADAM) 2.0, a new e-mail and instant messaging archiving software product.
Recent announcements from:
Atto Technology, Bosch Security Systems, DataDirect Networks, Emulex, Fusion-io, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, LSI, Mellanox, NEC Corporation of America, NetApp, Red Hat, QLogic, Sony, Spare Backup, Synnex, Voltaire
Copan overhauls enterprise VTL
<B>June 18, 2008</B>—Copan Systems has added a series of enhancements to its Revolution 300 Series virtual tape library (VTL) platform that increase storage density, security, performance, and the reliability of the system's de-duplication engine.
NEC debuts HA software for virtual servers
<B>June 17, 2008</B>—NEC Corporation of America has announced an enhanced version of its system continuity software that offers application and data protection for server virtualization platforms, including VMware ESX, Microsoft Hyper-V, and Citrix XenServer.
NetBackup PureDisk from Symantec - Efficient, Storage-Optimized Data Protection
A growing number of organizations are deploying disk-to-disk backup and data de-duplication technologies to improve the speed and reliability of their backup and disaster recovery operations. This ESG Lab Validation Report examines Symantec's family of backup and recovery solutions that combine the power of the PureDisk global data de-duplication engine with industry-leading NetBackup backup and recovery software to improve the speed and reliability of disk-based data protection
Dell puts 2.5-inch SAS drives in PowerVault arrays
<B>June 16, 2008</B>—Dell today introduced the PowerVault MD1120 disk array, which features 2.5-inch small-form-factor (SFF) disk drives. Although Dell has been offering both 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch drives in its PowerEdge servers for some time, the MD1120 marks the first time the company is integrating 2.5-inch SAS drives in its storage subsystems.
FalconStor integrates VTL with NetBackup
<B>June 16, 2008</B>—FalconStor has announced availability of the Virtual Tape Library (VTL) OpenStorage Option, a new feature that turns FalconStor's VTL into a native storage target for Symantec's Veritas NetBackup 6.5 data-protection software.
Incipient automates data migration
<B>June 13, 2008</B>—It's surprising to think that spreadsheets and bodies still rule the day in the world of data migration, but it's true. Getting data off old storage arrays and onto new systems is still a personnel-intensive and pricey process.
Benefits of a storage services architecture
<B>June 13, 2008</B>—The basic premise behind a storage services architecture is to address infrastructure as a granular set of reusable services that can be invoked as needed by the appropriate business application.
NetApp refreshes FAS, adds caching appliances
<B>June 12, 2008</B>—NetApp feels the need for speed. The company this week announced a new family of appliances and a set of plug-in caching modules
IBM adds space saving features to SVC
<B>June 11, 2008</B>—IBM today announced that it has upgraded the software features of its System Storage SAN Volume Controller (SVC) virtualization device to bring some space saving capabilities to users concerned about disk capacity and power consumption
Symantec announces virtual server and storage platform
<B>June 10, 2008</B>—Symantec announced today that it has joined forces with Citrix Systems to offer customers a virtual server and storage infrastructure that the companies claim are more than the sum of its parts.
Symantec adds de-dupe, CDP to NetBackup
<B>June 10, 2008</B>—Symantec today announced a series of updates to its Veritas NetBackup software platform, including the integration of data de-duplication and continuous data protection (CDP) technologies previously available only as stand-alone products.
Sepaton delivers enterprise VTL with de-dupe
<B>June 9, 2008</B>—Sepaton today announced the S2100-ES2 Series 1000 virtual tape library (VTL), a new model of its data de-duplicating backup systems that will take its place atop the company's product family in terms of capacity, throughput, and de-duplication performance.
EMC Avamar - Revolutionizing Backup and Recovery
Rapid adoption of virtual server technology and the challenges associated with the backup and recovery of ever-growing stores of information located within branch and remote offices are causing a number of IT managers to reevaluate their data-protection strategies. ESG evaluated Avamar by examining a number of compelling capabilities that address these issues, including Source-based Global Data De-duplication, how Avamar addresses VMWare backup challenges and EMC NetWorker integration.
Primary storage and the green data center
<B>June 6, 2008</B>—The green data center—or rather the lack thereof—is a serious issue. Bloated energy budgets are finally impacting IT after years of successfully ignoring them
Sun joins the SSD scramble
<strong>June 5, 2008</strong>&mdash;In a meeting with press and analysts this week, Sun Microsystems announced that it is on the verge of shipping a new crop of homegrown flash-based storage systems that combine general-purpose hardware, solid-state disks (SSDs), and open-source software.
The new case for open source data protection
<B>June 4, 2008</B>—Open source tools, utilities, and products have been available for many years. While these alternatives tend to offer low acquisition costs, companies have been hesitant to adopt them for several reasons.
Nexsan ships SAS array with MAID
<B>June 3, 2008</B>—This week, Nexsan Technologies introduced the SASBoy RAID array, which features the company's AutoMAID (massive array of idle disks) technology. The introduction marks Nexsan's first foray into the SAS market.
How green is your storage?
<B>June 2, 2008</B>—An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report to Congress [1] compared the energy consumption of four primary data-center components: high-end servers, midrange servers, networking equipment, and storage devices.
Benefits of iSCSI and virtual servers
iSCSI SANs provide a solid foundation for virtual servers.
Benefits of iSCSI and virtual servers
<p>iSCSI SANs provide a solid foundation for virtual servers.</p>
This section takes on late-breaking business and partnership news written for industry insiders.
Data Domain boosts de-duplication performance
<p>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.</p>
HP announces 'extreme NAS'
<p>Hewlett-Packard plans to deliver in the fourth quarter the HP StorageWorks 9100 Extreme Data Storage System (ExDS9100), a high-performance, high-capacity NAS system specifically built to house and serve file-level data for businesses with multi-petabyte storage requirements, such as Web 2.0, digital media and other large enterprises.</p>
<p>Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer&rsquo;s guide for professionals.</p>
Sizes and sources
<p>You may have noticed that the dimensions of this issue are slightly smaller than usual.</p>
VMware automates DR for virtual servers
<p>VMware has announced a new tool for disaster-recovery management and automation in virtual server environments with the recent launch of VMware Site Recovery Manager, a software product that works with VMware Infrastructure, VMware VirtualCenter, and replication software from third parties to automate disaster-recovery planning, testing, and execution processes.</p>
What&rsquo;s a &lsquo;next-generation FC array?&rsquo;
<p>The Taneja Group research and consulting firm has produced a report, titled Next Generation Fibre Channel Storage Systems Market Forecast: 2007&ndash;2011, that provides market size estimates/predictions, as well as a taxonomy that describes various segments of the Fibre Channel disk array market.</p>