Industry News and Analysis

Mimosa updates archiving platform
Mimosa Systems began shipping a new version of its NearPoint archiving platform today with a slew of enhancements that make it easier to get in and out of enterprise e-mail, file and SharePoint archives.
Will (should) NetApp get acquired?
Will (should) NetApp get acquired?
Go green by monitoring storage environmentals
Data center operations are undergoing a "sea change" driven by virtualization, converged storage and server networks, and the emergence of environmental sustainability as a key consideration for IT.
ProStor enhances RHDD archiving systems
ProStor Systems has added a number of features to its InfiniVault archiving platforms, which are based on RDX removable hard disk drives (RHDDs).
Six Ways to Reduce Your Backup Window
Six Ways to Reduce Your Backup Window Originally Broadcast: Jun 25, 2009 Overview: Join virtualization industry experts to learn about best practices, tips and technologies, plus newly available options found in vRanger Pro 4.0 DPP, to improve your backup throughput without having to increase the backup window or exclude VMs from the backup plan. All attendees will receive a copy of the 6 Ways to Reduce Your Overall Backup Window whitepaper.
Adaptec puts ZMCP on RAID controllers
In an effort to decrease the hassles, and environmental issues, associated with traditional RAID controllers while improving data protection, Adaptec today introduced a technology that eliminates the lithium ion battery modules found on most PCI-based RAID controllers.
Startup offers recovery services for midrange companies
Recovery service provider (RSP) Simply Continuous today unveiled data and application recovery services for mid-market customers.
Pivot3 upgrades "serverless computing" platform
Pivot3 today introduced the second generation of its Serverless Computing Array, with enhancements in RAID functionality, capacity, performance and support for NAS.
Caringo launches free cloud application for CAStor
Caringo today announced the availability of a free application for Microsoft Windows that creates a desktop folder and, in conjunction with the company's CAStor storage cluster, creates a private cloud for file storage and archiving.
Netgear to ship 24TB NAS system for SMBs
Netgear's bid to become a big storage player in the SMB market picked up steam today with the launch of the ReadyNAS 3200. It's the company's highest-capacity NAS/unified storage system to date with a maximum capacity of 24TB for about $10,000.
Virtual servers cause bottlenecks
Virtual servers cause bottlenecks
Strategies for ROBO data protection
Data protection is just as critical for small and mid-sized companies as it is for large enterprises. There are plenty of options available, including WAN acceleration, remote access, data deduplication, VTLs, disk backup targets, and remote replication technologies.
TIP: SRM tech making a comeback
TIP: SRM tech making a comeback
HDS service reclaims storage capacity
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) this week extended its use of thin provisioning technology and began offering software and services designed to reclaim underutilized storage capacity.
Recent announcements from:
CommVault, EMC, Kroll Ontrack, McAfee, Mezeo Software, NextIO and ParaScale.
Dell launches entry-level iSCSI arrays
Dell today announced a new member of its EqualLogic family of iSCSI SANs with a $10,000 price tag and all of the software features found in its enterprise SAN arrays.
Concentric offers cloud backup for SMBs
Web hosting and IT services provider Concentric is now offering (SMBs) a hosted backup service using i365's EVault cloud-based backup and recovery technology.
Lab Review: Streaming multiple VM backups to minimize RTO
To meet a minimal recovery time objective (RTO), IT needs software that can run multiple VM backup processes in parallel, as well as HBAs, such as Brocade's 815 and 825, that are capable of streaming full-duplex I/O at wire speed.
Streaming multiple VM backups to minimize RTO
To meet a minimal recovery time objective (RTO), IT needs software that can run multiple VM backup processes in parallel, as well as HBAs, such as Brocade's 815 and 825, that are capable of streaming full-duplex I/O at wire speed.
VDI-optimized storage: Unleashing the potential of virtual desktops
<font face="Arial">Client computing - in all its many forms - is ripe for virtualization. Just as virtualization technology has increased the utilization, manageability and cost effectiveness of server and storage infrastructure, it can also provide benefits for user desktops and laptops.
Recent announcements from:
Asankya, Brocade, Emulex, Isilon Systems, NextIQ, Seanodes, Spectra Logic, the Storage Performance Council and SunGard Availability Services.
Isilon adds enterprise features to scale-out NAS
Enterprises are moving toward scale-out NAS systems to combat file-based data growth and, in an effort to keep pace with their needs, Isilon Systems is shipping new data protection software and a storage node built to increase backup performance.
Tucci woos Data Domain employees
Tucci woos Data Domain employees
Tucci appeals to Data Domain's rank and file
Tucci appeals to Data Domain's rank and file
Fujitsu revamps entry-level storage line
Fujitsu this week unveiled a pair of entry-level disk arrays and consolidated its storage portfolio under the Fujitsu Eternus brand as part of the company's global restructuring project.
Asigra offers cloud "hybrid" for backup/recovery
Asigra introduced the ninth generation of its flagship backup and recovery software today, and changed the name of the product from Televaulting to the Hybrid Cloud Backup and Recovery platform.
Dell sheds light on dedupe strategy, adds appliances
In an effort to clarify its stance on data deduplication, Dell is answering questions about its dedupe partnerships with EMC and Quantum, shipping a new disk-based backup appliance based on CommVault's Simpana 8.0 software, and offering details on an upcoming Dell/EMC system based on Quantum's deduplication architecture.
Stick a fork in Data Domain
Stick a fork in Data Domain
SSDs require new array architectures
Users with unusual performance demands have been forced to seek out alternatives to traditional disk drives, and have often found that solutions built on solid-state technology - whether DRAM-based storage arrays or database caches - could be an answer to their problems.
Update: Data Domain sides with NetApp
Update: Data Domain sides with NetApp
BakBone ships data recovery products for Windows
BakBone Software is now shipping NetVault: FASTRecover, a new disk-based, real-time data protection product for Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server and Windows File Servers.
NetApp responds to EMC's bid for Data Domain
NetApp responds to EMC's bid for Data Domain
Recent announcements from:
Axxana, EMC, Emulex, Mellanox Technologies, NetEx, Panasas, Pillar Data Systems, STEC and Texas Memory Systems.
NEC makes deduplication application-aware
NEC this week announced the availability of application-aware deduplication, a new feature of its HYDRAstor grid storage platform that squeezes inefficiencies out of the data stream and boosts data reduction ratios.
Delivering iSCSI storage by policy
iQstor enhances the value proposition of its iSCSI disk array with policy-driven dynamic storage configurations.
EMC ups the ante with $1.8 billion bid for Data Domain
EMC has thrown a wrench into NetApp's plans to acquire disk-based backup and data deduplication vendor Data Domain by upping the price to $1.8 billion in an attempt to outbid NetApp.
FCoE: The battle lines are being drawn
FCoE: The battle lines are being drawn
Quantum brings deduplication to remote offices
Quantum today added a remote office disk-based backup system to its DXi family and upgraded its management software in an attempt to extend its data deduplication and replication technologies for customers with remote locations.
HP debuts iSCSI SAN, SAS for blades
Hewlett-Packard has advanced its iSCSI SAN products acquired from LeftHand Networks last year with the launch of the P4000 series of IP SANs and a virtual appliance that creates shared storage inside blade server enclosures.
Replication and cloud computing are inseparable
Cloud computing and cloud-based storage will significantly improve data protection, and host-based replication will play a key role.
PHD Virtual improves VM backups
PHD Virtual Technologies, which specializes in backup for VMware environments, recently released the 3.5 version of its flagship esXpress backup/recovery software.
New Product
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Market prepped for 6Gbps SAS
Doubled performance is only one of the additions in the next generation of the SAS interface.
Business Briefs
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HDS expands management software
Offers free virtualization software.
Enterprises see increased adoption of VTLs
Virtual tape libraries have become de rigeur in large enterprises, and adoption in medium-size companies is picking up steam.
Editorial: Storage gets cloudy
We've run a number of feature-length articles, and dozens of news stories, about cloud-based storage.
Data Domain expands de-duplication with replication
Some analysts believe replication is where the battle for data de-duplication dominance is being fought.
Consider data reduction for primary storage
<p>Technologies such as data de-duplication and compression, applied to primary data, can significantly reduce storage costs, as well as power, cooling and floor-space requirements.</p>
CA adds de-duplication, SRM to ARCserve
CA has added a slew of enhancements to its flagship ARCserve backup/recovery software and the XOsoft line of replication and high availability products, all of which fall under the CA Recovery Management umbrella.
Use cases make the case for cloud storage
A look at early adopters makes it clear why some companies have already embraced "storage in the cloud," but there are still lingering concerns among other users.