Industry News and Analysis

Recent announcements from:
Brocade, CRU-DataPort, Emulex, ExaGrid Systems, Foundry Networks, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Permabit and ZL Technologies.
The 'C' in CDP has been downgraded
The 'C' in CDP has been downgraded
BC/DR advice for SMBs
Large enterprises typically have solid disaster recovery and business continuity plans in place. However, that is not always the case with small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), which often don't have adequate budgets for BC/DR.
Storage spending according to TIP
Storage spending according to TIP
HDS puts SSDs in disk arrays
Hitachi Data Systems this week became the latest vendor to add support for flash-based solid-state disk drives to its enterprise and midrange storage arrays.
Recent announcements from:
Aenigma, ATTO Technology, EMC, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, Keating Technologies, Mimosa Systems, Novell, Overland Storage, QLogic, Rebit, Seanodes and Sonnet Technologies.
Quantum DXi7500 - Deduplicated backup for the enterprise
This report examines in detail Quantum's new enterprise-focused DXi7500 platform, featuring policy-based deduplication, which allows users to choose between deduplication methods. ESG lab also explores the DXi7500's role in a full edge-to-core data protection solution, focusing on bandwidth-optimized remote replication, physical tape integration as well as performance and scalability optimized for data requirements.
Symantec combines change management, SRM
Symantec is offering customers an alternative to buying more storage with a new version of its SRM software with integrated storage change management.
Dell PowerVault DL2000 powered by Symantec Backup Exec
The Dell PowerVault DL2000 is designed to provide small and medium-sized businesses broad-spectrum data protection for physical and virtual systems in a turnkey appliance. This ESG Lab Validation explores how the DL2000, pre-installed with Symantec Backup Exec 12.5 software, can be deployed to protect critical data in about 20 minutes.
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StrataScale launches on-demand server and storage service
Managed hosting provider StrataScale recently announced the availability of a managed server environment that gives users on-demand control of automated server and storage provisioning via the Web.
Caringo adds file system access to CAS clusters
Caringo is rounding out its product line with file system access software that eliminates the capacity limitations of traditional NAS systems.
LSI enhances SAS/SATA adapters
The 3.5 release of LSI's MegaRAID software, which works with the company's MegaRAID SAS 8700 and 8800 family of 3Gbps SAS/SATA adapters, includes a number of enhancements – most notably, multipathing and load balancing.
Recent announcements from:
CommVault, Hewlett-Packard, JMR Electronics, Microsoft, Neverfail, Pillar Data Systems, StoneFly, STORServer, Reldata and VMware.
IBM Real-time Compression: Reducing Storage Capacity and Costs without Compromise
This ESG Lab report examines an innovative high speed data compression appliance from Storwize. Hands-on testing is used to demonstrate non-disruptive deployment, loss-less capacity savings, real-time performance, and non-stop fault tolerance.
Dell extends EMC deal, adds Celerra systems
Dell and EMC have extended the length and scope of their storage partnership and that Dell will add EMC's Celerra NX4 NAS systems to its storage portfolio.
Avid upgrades storage platform
Avid Technology has launched a new version of the Avid Unity ISIS storage platform packed with more capacity and performance than its predecessor.
Robobak offers thin option for Exchange backups
<strong>December 4, 2008</strong> -- Robobak is set to launch version 9 of its&nbsp;data protection&nbsp;software with a host of upgrades, including an option&nbsp;that can cut the backup window for Exchange by as much as 90%.
New Approaches To Disaster Recovery: Are You Prepared?
New Approaches To Disaster Recovery: Are You Prepared? Originally Broadcast: Dec 04, 2008 Overview: There are a number of different disaster recovery (DR) solutions available today, so it is incumbent upon IT storage managers to select an approach which is best suited to their requirements.  Issues that need to be considered include the backup window, recovery point objective (RPO), and recovery time objective (RTO).  In this webcast, we’ll describe and compare the pros and cons of various approaches to DR, including two common approaches – one based on enterprise backup software combined with a data de-duplicating virtual tape library (VTL) and an approach  based on continuous data protection (CDP) technology.
Brocade offers new fabric monitoring service
Brocade is revamping an acquired network monitoring technology to offer customers a more comprehensive remote monitoring, alerting and reporting service for data center fabrics.
Recent announcements from:
Chelsio, Citrix, DataCore Software, Emulex, Exanet, Gresham Enterprise Storage, Hammer, Hifn, Hitachi GST, Intel, NEC Corporation of America, Nirvanix, Ooyala, Oracle, Pillar Data Systems, Promark Technology, RAID Inc., and Rebit.
3PAR 3cV - Virtual Utility Computing
In the real world, IT must combine hardware, software, and technologies from multiple vendors to solve business problems -- often with great effort and mixed success. First coined by a mutual customer, 3cV is the combination of 3PAR Utility Storage with HP BladeSystem c-Class servers and VMware Infrastructure. The partnership aims to simplify the implementation and integration of these three products into a single IT infrastructure. ESG Lab examined 3cV and evaluated its suitability as a blueprint for utility computing in today's complex and dynamic IT environments.
2008: The Year of . . .
2008: The Year of . . .
IBM validates cloud services
Cloud computing can be confusing, and in an effort to make sense of it all IBM has kicked off a new set of services to help users take advantage of cloud computing and validate cloud environments.
HP launches virtualization platform
This month, Hewlett-Packard began shipping the HP StorageWorks SAN Virtualization Services Platform (SVSP), a network-based storage virtualization system that can migrate and manage data between midrange arrays in heterogeneous SAN environments
Sun ships arrays with SSDs
Sun Microsystems made good on its promise to ship new storage arrays designed to take advantage of high-performance solid-state disk (SSDs) drives last month with the launch of the first three systems in its Open Storage portfolio -- the Sun Storage 7000 family.
SAS product roundup
Recent product releases for OEMs, integrators/VARs and end users range from 6Gbps SAS components and test/analysis equipment to 3Gbps SAS RAID arrays.
Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer?s guide for professionals.
Overland adds REO appliances
Overland Storage has added a new family of disk-based appliances to its product lineup in an effort to simplify moving data between disk and tape-based backup systems across the WAN.
This section takes on late-breaking business and partnership news written for industry insiders.
EMC unveils cloud storage platform
<strong>November 10, 2008</strong> -- The rumor mill has been working overtime since EMC's Joe Tucci first uttered the word "Maui" more than a year ago, hinting at a new storage platform for managing distributed, unstructured data. Some of EMC's competitors and the trade press went as far as to say the project was dead.</font></p>
Dell inks de-dupe deal with Quantum, EMC
Dell has chosen Quantum and EMC as its running mates in the race for data de-duplication dominance.
BC/DR advice for SMBs
Many small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have limited, or non-existent, business continuity and disaster-recovery plans, but their risks are the same as those of larger enterprises.
8Gbps FC SAN bolsters VOE
An 8Gbps SAN infrastructure from QLogic provides both the performance and functionality to scale the next generation of virtual machines.
2008: The Year of . . .
It?s customary to take a year-end look back at the key trends and technologies that shaped, or re-shaped, our industry.
Sun ships arrays with SSDs
Sun Microsystems made good on its promise to ship new storage arrays designed to take advantage of high-performance solid-state disk (SSDs) drives last month with the launch of the first three systems in its Open Storage portfolio?the Sun Storage 7000 family.