Industry News and Analysis

The role of InfiniBand in the enterprise
There is no other component of the data center that is as important as the fabric, and the I/O challenges facing enterprises today have been setting the stage for next-generation fabrics for several years. One of the more mature solutions - InfiniBand - is sometimes at the forefront when users are driven to select a new fabric.
EMC IT - A blueprint for data center efficiency
This report explores the results of three continuing IT initiatives that have enabled EMC to deliver increased efficiency and reduced costs - without a data center upgrade.
HP consolidates SMB platforms, adds VM bundles
Hewlett-Packard has revamped its entry-level storage line by consolidating the HP All-in-One and ProLiant Storage Server products onto a single, unified storage platform. The company also announced additions to its Modular Smart Array lineup and a new virtualization bundle based on LeftHand Networks' Virtual SAN Appliance technology.
Sun ships flash-based disk array
Sun Microsystems today announced the Sun Storage 7310 Unified Storage system, a flash-powered disk array that uses Hybrid Storage Pool technology to take advantage of solid-state disk (SSD) drives.
Evaluating TTR in data deduplication environments
When it comes to disaster recovery (DR) operations, a key metric to focus on in order to make that decision easier is time to recovery (TTR).
Recent announcements from:
Brocade, Datacastle, Fujifilm, LSI, Terascala, Seanodes, Spectra Logic, Sun Microsystems and Vizioncore.
NetApp + Data Domain: Overlap is ok
NetApp + Data Domain: Overlap is ok
IBM picks QLogic adapters for CEE, FCoE connectivity
IBM is continuing to build out its portfolio of high-speed converged networking technologies with the news today that it will integrate QLogic's single chip 8100 Series converged network adapters (CNAs) for native Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) connectivity in its mainstream server portfolio.
HDS bridges server-storage virtualization gap
With the over-arching goal of creating tighter synergies between server virtualization and storage virtualization, Hitachi Data Systems recently rolled out Hitachi Storage Cluster for Microsoft Hyper-V, which extends business continuity (BC) and disaster recovery (DR) for Hyper-V environments to remote sites.
NetApp's competitors take aim at Data Domain deal
NetApp's competitors take aim at Data Domain deal
IBM debuts management software for SSDs
IBM is now offering nine different data management software tools for managing and moving data in tiered storage environments with solid-state disk (SSD) drives.
StarWind offers free iSCSI software
StarWind offers free iSCSI software
NetApp shells out $1.5 billion for Data Domain
In a surprise move, NetApp announced today that it has inked a deal to buy disk-based backup and data deduplication vendor Data Domain for approximately $1.5 billion.
Recent announcements from:
Blade Network Technologies, Data Domain, DataPreserve, Fujitsu Storage Systems, QStar Technologies, Riverbed Technology, StarWind Software, STEC, Tandberg Data and WD.
UltraBac streamlines VMware backups
UltraBac Software today released the 9.0 version of its UltraBac backup software and the 5.0 version of its UBDR Gold recovery software, both with enhancements for backing up VMware virtual server environments.
Hifn unveils capacity optimization cards
Hifn, which was recently acquired by Exar, is rolling out a new series of data protection cards capable of accelerating data de-duplication processes for primary and secondary storage capacity optimization (SCO).
Disk drive/array market getting SASsier
Disk drive/array market getting SASsier
Sepaton combines VTL replication, de-duplication
Disk-based backup vendor Sepaton is offering a new remote replication feature for its family of S2100 virtual tape libraries (VTLs). The DeltaRemote software replaces Sepaton's previous replication technology, Site2.
Manageable, affordable, and automated disaster recovery solutions - SunFire X4450 Enterprise Servers, Sun Storage 6000 Array Family, VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
This ESG Lab report presents the results of hands on testing of VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager, SunFire X4450 servers, and SAN-attached Sun Storage 65/6780 series deployed in a highly virtualized data center.
Tandberg Data enters VTL market
Embattled tape specialist Tandberg Data has entered the virtual tape library (VTL) fray with this week's launch of the DPS1000 Series VTL.
Netgear adds to ReadyNAS line for SMBs
Netgear continued to move upstream in the small and medium-sized business (SMB) market today with the addition of a rack-mount unified network storage appliance.
Recent announcements from:
Caringo, Double-Take Software, FalconStor Software, Hewlett-Packard, Idera Software, LaCie, Pillar Data Systems, Rackable Systems, Storwize and Vembu Technologies.
EMC automates SAN configuration management
EMC has set it sights on preventing SAN outages with today's debut of EMC Storage Configuration Advisor (SCA), a new tool that detects improper SAN configurations.
EMC to resell QLogic routers
QLogic this week unveiled the 6250 intelligent Storage Router (iSR6250), and announced its first partner: EMC, which will resell the multi-protocol router through the EMC Select Program.
Leveraging Capacity Optimization to Reduce Datacenter Footprint and Storage Costs
Leveraging Capacity Optimization to Reduce Datacenter Footprint and Storage Costs Originally Broadcast: May 12, 2009 Overview: Capacity optimization is becoming a must-have technology for organizations looking to reduce storage costs.
F5 updates file virtualization management software
F5 Networks today announced a round of software updates for its file virtualization switches and storage management software and began bundling its products at lower prices to entice cost-conscious customers.
PHD Virtual improves VM backups
PHD Virtual Technologies, which specializes in backup for VMware environments, this week released the 3.5 version of its flagship esXpress backup/recovery software.
Data reduction redux: What's in a name?
Data reduction redux: What's in a name?
Evaluating time to recovery in de-duplication environments
In this article, we'll take a look at a common set of processes for moving backup data from distributed sites to centralized locations and then to remote sites for DR purposes, evaluating the impact of the two main target-based de-duplication architectures -- inline and post processing -- in terms of recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objectives (RTOs).
Recent announcements from:
Dell, Emulex, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, Informatica, Panasas, STEC and Toshiba.
Crescendo streamlines cloud resource management
In an effort to improve resource management in cloud infrastructures and speed up online applications, Crescendo Networks has added controls and management features to its latest application delivery platform.
Emulex to Broadcom: "Take a hike"
Emulex to Broadcom: "Take a hike"
PowerFile revamps archiving appliance
PowerFile is one of a handful of vendors relying on optical disc technology in enterprise-class storage systems. The company's archiving platform was formerly called the Active Archive Appliance, but today PowerFile introduced a new platform - dubbed the Hybrid Storage Appliance (HSA) - with more capacity, enhanced software and other features.
Automated, affordable disaster recovery solutions - IBM System x Enterprise Servers, IBM System Storage DS4000 / DS5000, VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager
This ESG Lab report presents the results of hands on testing of VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager, IBM System x3850 M2 servers, and the IBM SAN-attached System Storage DS4/5000 series deployed in a highly virtualized data center.
i365 ships plug-and-play data protection appliance
i365, which has been primarily known for its software, managed services and software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings, is adding hardware to its portfolio with today's debut of the EVault Plug-n-Protect appliance, a pre-configured backup and recovery system.
Data Domain expands de-dupe with replication
Some experts believe replication is where the battle for data de-duplication dominance is being fought. In an effort to strengthen its de-dupe offerings on that front, Data Domain today announced a round of updates to its Data Domain Replicator software option that extends global de-dupe to more remote sites and adds full system replication mirroring.
Axxana debuts DR box for EMC RecoverPoint
Disaster recovery startup Axxana this week announced availability of the aptly-named Phoenix post-disaster application recovery system. The initial version is designed to work with EMC's RecoverPoint replication technology.
Welcome to the data dedupalooza
Welcome to the data dedupalooza
Who are the (perceived) leaders?
<font size="2">The data in these charts is compiled from the IT Brand Pulse April 2009 Leader Surveys.</font>
Virtual servers create storage challenges
<font size="2">Server virtualization is arguably the hottest trend in the IT arena, but users are rapidly finding out that virtualization can create as much complexity as it does consolidation, particularly in storage. </font>
Virtual servers and storage
<font size="2">Are the virtual server and disaster recovery/business continuance management roles mutually exclusive?</font>
QLogic delivers single-chip CNAs
<font size="2">QLogic is shipping to OEMs and its channel partners the second generation of its converged network adapters (CNAs), which support the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocol.</font>
Storage tiers create benefits, challenges
<font size="2">A shift towards efficiency is raising the demand for more cost-effective ways to store file-based data without creating additional complexity.</font>
Sorting out SSD strengths and weaknesses
<font size="2">There are many options available for solid-state disk (SSD) drives, and a number of organizations &ndash; including SNIA &ndash; are working on standards that will facilitate the evaluation process.</font>
SAN clarity in a virtual cloud
<font size="2">As the number of virtual servers sharing the physical FC HBA ports of a VOE server increase, SAN fan-out is no longer just a switch issue: It becomes a server HBA issue that mandates management of SAN infrastructure from switches to HBAs.</font>
Cisco unveils Unified Computing System
<font size="2">Cisco has put a new twist on next-generation data centers with the debut of the Unified Computing System (UCS), which combines compute, network, storage access, and virtualization resources in a single system based on a new line of blade servers.</font>
New Products
<font size="2">Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer&rsquo;s guide for professionals.</font>
FalconStor accelerates VTL backups
<font size="2">At the Storage Networking World conference in Orlando last month, FalconStor Software announced an option for its popular Virtual Tape Library (VTL) platform that promises to accelerate backups and eliminate the backup window.</font>
EMC overhauls Symmetrix architecture
<font size="2">EMC last month unveiled a new high-end storage architecture and Symmetrix systems that blow away the current line of Symmetrix DMX-4 arrays in terms of performance, scale and automated management in virtualized data centers.</font>
Dell overhauls iSCSI SANs
Dell has transitioned to a new series of EqualLogic iSCSI SANs with faster processors, more cache, additional Ethernet ports, and support for solid-state disk (SSD) drives.
Business Briefs
<font size="2">This section takes on late-breaking business and partnership news written for industry insiders.</font>
Brocade debuts FCoE switches, CNAs
<font size="2">Brocade fired the latest shot in the battle for the converged networking market last month with the announcement of a Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) switch and an accompanying set of converged network adapters (CNAs).</font>
3PAR ships quad-controller array
<font size="2">3PAR has added two systems to its midrange family of storage arrays, including a quad-controller Fibre Channel system priced for midrange environments.</font>
Why you need virtual infrastructure optimization
<font size="2">VIO provides critical insight and management for virtual server, storage, network and application environments.</font>