Industry News and Analysis

Symantec launches managed backup service
Symantec today announced a Managed Backup Service for managing day-to-day backup operations in existing NetBackup environments at a lower cost than in-house management, according to the company.
HDS expands software to virtual servers, application monitoring
Hitachi Data Systems is launching three new software tools that, when combined, extend an end user's management view from storage systems to business applications, virtualized servers and other IT resources in the data center.
Recent announcements from:
Emulex, Numonyx B.V., Ovonyx, Pillar Data Systems and Seagate Technology.
IBM TSM 6.1 - Unified data protection and recovery management
This ESG Lab Validation focuses on key improvements in the IBM TSM 6.1 platform that drive greater efficiency: incorporation of the DB2 database for enhanced scalability, availability and performance; embedded data de-duplication; enhanced monitoring and reporting; as well as integration with NetApp's Snapshot Difference API and SnapMirror to tape technologies to back up IBM N series and NetApp FAS volumes.
IBM to resell Brocade's IP networking gear
Brocade and IBM are expanding their decade-long OEM relationship beyond Fibre Channel SAN switches to include Brocade's full line of enterprise IP networking switches and routers acquired from Foundry Networks.
Oracle+Sun: Whither -- or wither -- the storage?
Oracle+Sun: Whither -- or wither -- the storage?
CA adds de-dupe, SRM to ARCserve
CA today announced a slew of enhancements to its flagship ARCserve backup/recovery software and its XOsoft line of replication and high availability products, all of which fall under the CA Recovery Management umbrella.
NetEx accelerates replication in the cloud
NetEx is taking its software from the wide area network (WAN) into the cloud with the debut of HyperIP for Cloud Data Transport acceleration, a new version of its WAN acceleration product built to overcome bandwidth limitations related to replicating and recovering data from cloud storage repositories.
Hype vs. reality – A Q&A with Wells Fargo's head of IT
Hype vs. reality – A Q&A with Wells Fargo's head of IT
Product highlights from NAB
Among the 1,500+ exhibitors at this week's National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas, a number of storage vendors introduced or showcased products optimized for the entertainment industry. Here's a quick rundown.
Atempo makes Mac archiving a priority
Atempo is making inroads in the archiving world in a non-traditional way. The newest version of the company's Atempo Digital Archive (ADA) product is aimed squarely at the underserved Mac archiving market.
ONStor ships open-source unified storage for SMBs
ONStor is breaking its own product mold by basing a new "unified storage" system for small and medium-sized businesses on open-source software and the Zettabyte File System (ZFS). The company this week announced an addition to its Pantera line of integrated storage systems, the Pantera LS 2100.
Panasas pumps up 'parallel storage' systems
Aiming to go beyond, and deeper into, its technical/scientific and high performance computing (HPC) roots, Panasas has announced three new members in its ActiveStor lineup of NAS platforms -- the Series 7, 8 and 9 -- as well as data management features such as automatic storage tiering, asynchronous replication, and automated data migration.
HDS offers free storage virtualization software
In an effort to entice users into attaching heterogeneous arrays to its Universal Storage Platform V, Hitachi Data Systems is launching a program that gives customers storage virtualization software to create a common pool of heterogeneous, tiered storage, at no cost.
Recent announcements from:
Arkeia, Atto Technology, FalconStor, Rorke Data, Samsung Electronics, Tandberg Data, Wave Systems and Western Digital.
Broadcom makes hostile bid for Emulex
Broadcom makes hostile bid for Emulex
VMware's vSphere of influence
VMware's vSphere of influence
LSI supports 8Gbps FC, adds encryption
LSI today announced support for 8Gbps Fibre Channel host interfaces, as well as SafeStor encryption services that work with self-encrypting drives (SEDs) from Seagate, in its Engenio 7900 line of disk arrays.
Permabit drives down archiving costs
Permabit Technology is using bigger drives, faster processors and capacity optimization techniques to power the newest storage node in its Enterprise Archive Data Center Series of archiving platforms. The result, according to company executives, is an archiving system that costs less than $1 per GB.
Q1 the worst ever for VARs
Q1 the worst ever for VARs
HP debuts LeftHand iSCSI SAN, SAS for blades
Hewlett-Packard today advanced its iSCSI SAN products acquired from LeftHand Networks last Fall with the launch of the P4000 series of IP SANs and a virtual appliance that creates shared storage inside blade server enclosures.
Tarmin's active archive supports SharePoint
<strong>April 16, 2009</strong> -- Tarmin Technologies this week announced the second release of its GridBank active archive platform for unstructured, fixed-content data on secondary storage resources. In addition to providing active archive functionality, GridBank also encompasses object-based storage and information lifecycle management functionality.
Thales addresses encryption key management
Thales this week announced the Thales Encryption Manager for Storage (TEMS) key management appliance. In contrast to proprietary key management systems, TEMS is currently based on the IEEE P1619.3 standard and will eventually support the Key Management Interoperability Protocol (KMIP) standard, which is expected to finalized by the end of this year.
Recent announcements from:
Asigra, Emulex, Gear6, Iron Mountain, Nirvanix, Numonyx, StoredIQ, Voltaire and Virident Systems.
Cleversafe upgrades dispersed storage appliances, software
Cleversafe is now offering upgraded versions of its dispersed storage systems and software to entice customers in search of cost-effective ways to store and distribute digital content.
EMC V-Max: Locked (in) and loaded
EMC V-Max: Locked (in) and loaded
Symmetrix V-Max: EMC’s big play for big data centers
Symmetrix V-Max: EMC’s big play for big data centers
EMC unveils new Symmetrix architecture, systems
EMC today pulled back the curtain on a new high-end storage architecture and Symmetrix systems that blow the current line of Symmetrix DMX-4 arrays away in terms of performance, scale and automated management in virtualized data centers.
EMC Symmetrix V-Max - 24xForever storage for virtualized data centers
This ESG Lab Report documents hands-on testing and validation of the revolutionary new Symmetrix Virtual Matrix Architecture with a focus on enhancements ideally suited for the growing number of organizations that rely on virtualized servers and a consolidated information infrastructure.
Replication and cloud computing are inseparable
Cloud-based computing is an emerging practice that offers significantly more infrastructure and financial flexibility than traditional computing models.
SNW product wrap-up
Capacity optimization is typically applied to secondary storage, but interest in applying data reduction technologies to primary storage is growing, and a couple of vendors made product announcements in this area at the Storage Networking World conference this week in Orlando.
Double-Take revamps data protection software
Double-Take Software is adding boot-from-SAN and migration capabilities to its data protection repertoire as it expands beyond CDP, replication and failover with a new software suite.
Recent announcements from:
AmeriVault, Asigra, BlueArc, CoreVault, Fusion-io, Nirvanix, Ocarina Networks, Sepaton and Vormetric.
SNW: Day two recap
SNW: Day two recap
SNW, day 2
SNW, day 2
Brocade launches FCoE switch, adapters
Brocade fired the latest shot in the battle for the converged networking market today at Storage Networking World today with the announcement of a new FCoE switch and an accompanying set of converged network adapters.
Symantec enters the DR testing game
Symantec is addressing the ever-present problem of configuration drift in disaster recovery (DR) and high availability (HA) systems with the debut of Veritas CommandCentral Disaster Recovery Advisor, a DR/HA software tool OEM'd from Continuity Software.
SNW, day 1
SNW, day 1
SNW: Day one recap
SNW: Day one recap
Netgear launches NAS with cloud option
Netgear has added an entry-level NAS system for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to its product line with support for iSCSI and an embedded cloud backup option via partner ElephantDrive.
FalconStor speeds up backups
At the Storage Networking World conference in Orlando today, FalconStor Software announced an option for its popular Virtual Tape Library (VTL) that promises to accelerate backups and eliminate the backup window.
3PAR ships quad-controller array
3PAR unveiled two additions to its midrange family of storage arrays at the Storage Networking World conference today, including a quad-controller Fibre Channel system priced for midrange storage environments.
Zetta launches cloud storage service
Cloud storage startup Zetta used the Storage Networking World conference as a launching pad for both the company and its first offering in the cloud storage services market.
Destination: The happiest place on earth
Destination: The happiest place on earth
EMC replaces EmailXtender with SourceOne
EMC is bidding farewell to its EmailXtender archiving software in favor of SourceOne, a new platform designed with an eye toward today's data centers.
Recent announcements from:
Fusion-io, Mellanox Technologies, Pliant Technology, PLX Technology, PMC-Sierra, Verari Systems, Voltaire and Western Digital.
Aptare SRM targets virtual servers
Storage resource management software maker Aptare is now selling a new version of its StorageConsole software with new functionality for better control of storage resources within VMware virtual server and NetApp replication environments.
'Do more for less' with 6Gb/s SAS
<strong>In addition to a 2X speed improvement, 6Gb/s SAS has features such as zoning, self-discovering expanders, table-to-table routing, longer cable lengths, multiplexing, and improved diagnostics.</strong>
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CNAs support 10GbE, iSCSI, FCoE
<strong>Emulex has made a number of product announcements focused on data center consolidation, including converged network adapter (CNA) cards that support 10Gbps Ethernet (10GbE) and iSCSI, as well as Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).</strong>
EMC adds de-dupe, SSDs to NAS
<strong>EMC has overhauled its family of Celerra NAS products to include four new systems that are based on the Clariion CX4 architecture, and support file system de-duplication, file-level retention and compliance capabilities, and solid-state disk (SSD) drives.</strong>
EMC automates VMware management
<strong>EMC's Smarts Server Manager is a new tool that identifies the locations of virtual machines, determines their relationships to other parts of the infrastructure, and automates root cause analysis in VMware environments.</strong>
FCoE: The great convergence, or not?
<strong>The controversy over the emerging Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) standard is no longer one of FCoE vs. iSCSI (as it was about a year ago); it's now FCoE vs. the status quo. In other words, stick with two separate networks (Ethernet and Fibre Channel) or converge your fabrics into a unified infrastructure that handles all types of data.</strong>
Is tape dead yet?
<strong>My company has been backing up to tape for more than 20 years.</strong>
Pillar adds SSDs to disk arrays
<strong>Pillar Data Systems has announced a new set of solid-state disk (SSD) &quot;Bricks&quot; (Pillar's nomenclature for drive enclosures) for its Axiom arrays.</strong>
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SSDs vs. HDDs: Ten considerations
<strong>Choosing the ideal storage infrastructure will depend on your specific needs. How long you plan to store your data, and how fast you need to do it, are among key factors in determining whether a solid-state disk drive could be your solution.</strong>
Technology options for 'green' storage
<strong>Going green requires balancing performance, availability, capacity, and energy efficiency.</strong>
The great convergence: FCoE and Enhanced Ethernet
<strong>Ratification of the standard is expected this year, with mainstream adoption beginning next year. Here's why Fibre Channel over Ethernet makes sense for enterprise data centers.</strong>
WAFS and WAN optimization/acceleration
<strong>The tumultuous economy is not slowing the growth of wide area file services (WAFS) and wide area network (WAN) optimization technologies, as vendors continue to flesh out management features and hope bandwidth consolidation efforts lead to more sales.</strong>
Who are the (perceived) market leaders?
<strong>The data in these charts is compiled from the IT Brand Pulse March 2009 Leader Surveys.</strong>