Industry News and Analysis

EMC, VMware tighten software ties
EMC, VMware tighten software ties
Brocade adds VM visibility to SAN management software
<p>Brocade today announced a new release of its Data Center Fabric Manager (DCFM) software, enhanced support for VMware, and a new function called Server Application Optimization (SAO), all of which are designed to give SAN administrators visibility into virtual machine (VM) environments.</p>
Q&A: EMC, Data Domain and deduplication
It has been about a month since EMC officially acquired Data Domain for its disk-based data deduplication technologies and EMC is starting to offer some information about the status of the deal and how it will bring Data Domain, its employees and its product set into the fold.
Emulex adapters create virtual fabric for IBM BladeCenter
Emulex announced Thursday that it has scored a design win to supply its 10Gbps Ethernet NICs, dubbed Virtual Fabric Adapters, to IBM for Ethernet connectivity in IBM's BladeCenter HS22 blade servers.
VirtenSys unveils VIO switches
I/O virtualization switch vendor VirtenSys has announced the general availability of the VirtenSys I/O (VIO) 4000 series, the company's flagship line of PCI Express-based virtualization switches that pool I/O resources in virtual server environments.
Recent announcements from:
EMC, IBM, RingCube and StorMagic.
EMC upgrades Clariion for VMware environments
In an effort to make the Clariion CX4 a more reliable, tier 1 storage system for VMware deployments, EMC this week announced a series of software and connectivity upgrades that make the CX4 "virtualization-aware."
LSI delivers 8Gbps FC RAID array
LSI this week became one of the few vendors shipping RAID arrays with 8Gbps Fibre Channel host connections with the introduction of its Engenio 4900 array, which can also be configured with 1Gbps iSCSI host connections for SAN tiering.
IT spending 2009: A glass half . . .
IT spending 2009: A glass half . . .
NetApp positions ONTAP 8 as cloud storage platform
NetApp today officially entered the cloud storage arena with the launch of Data ONTAP 8, the latest version of the company's operating system and, according to NetApp, a foundation for delivering IT as a service.
Spectra upgrades deduplication appliances
Spectra Logic today announced enhancements to its nTier line of disk-based deduplication appliances, as well as enhancements to its BlueScale tape management software.
Certeon debuts virtual appliance for disaster recovery
Certeon has tuned its software engine to speed backups over WANs with a new virtual appliance called aCelera Sync.
Lab Review: Turning the tables on data deduplication
Rather than slow a backup job by comparing current data to previous backup data to remove common blocks from the current job, Sepaton's DeltaStor leaves current data untouched as a reference and instead removes blocks from previous jobs that match the new reference once the new job completes.
Turning the tables on data deduplication
Rather than slow a backup job by comparing current data to previous backup data to remove common blocks from the current job, Sepaton's DeltaStor leaves current data untouched.
Storage Considerations for Desktop Virtualization
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Special Report: Managing tape is no longer an oxymoron
Tape administrators are realizing that "you can't manage what you can't measure."
Recent announcements from:
CommVault, Crescendo Networks, EMC, Quantum, SANDirect, Sonasoft and Xsigo Systems.
Xiotech wants to buy your old disks
Xiotech wants to buy your old disks
Akorri software optimizes virtual infrastructure
Akorri this week released the 3.0 version of its BalancePoint software, which the company describes as a cross-domain &quot;virtual infrastructure performance and capacity management tool,&quot; although the software can also be used in physical environments.
Nexenta upgrades open-source software for VMs
In an effort to tap into the growing pool of budget-conscious storage buyers, Nexenta Systems today announced the release of NexentaStor 2.1, an open-source unified storage system based on the ZFS file system.
Emulex vs. QLogic: Who's on first?
Emulex vs. QLogic: Who's on first?
Product highlights from the Flash Memory Summit
A handful of vendors used this week's Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, CA to make new product announcements, or pre-announcements.
Permabit partners with Mezeo for cloud storage
Permabit Technology this week became the latest vendor to take its scale-out storage platform into the cloud. As part of a partnership with Mezeo Software, the company is pairing its Permabit Cloud Storage system with the Mezeo Cloud Storage Platform (MCSP) to give service providers an integrated hardware and software system for cloud storage services.
Recent announcements from:
CommVault, Credant Technologies, Citrix Systems, DataCore Software, HP, Kroll Ontrack, NEC, Ocarina Networks and Unitrends.
Nexsan, FalconStor debut data deduplication system
Nexsan Technologies and FalconStor Software are teaming up to deliver a co-branded data deduplication system with energy-saving AutoMAID technology for Nexsan storage environments.
NetApp taps QLogic for FCoE CNAs
NetApp today announced native Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) connectivity across its line of FAS and V series storage systems. The company has qualified FCoE gear from QLogic,
Brocade ships CEE/FCoE blade
Brocade today announced a Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) blade that brings Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) and FCoE capabilities to its DCX Backbone platform. In turn, NetApp announced it will be the first storage vendor to resell the blade along with Brocade's FCoE switches and converged network adapters (CNAs).
Moving beyond SNW (guest blog)
Moving beyond SNW (guest blog)
FalconStor ships turnkey iSCSI/FC SAN
Billing it as "the only SAN that can virtualize other SANs" FalconStor Software today introduced its first turnkey SAN system. The Network Storage Server (NSS) HC series includes a new release of the company's NSS software coupled with a hardware platform from FalconStor partner H3C.
Toigo hosts C-4 Summit
Toigo hosts C-4 Summit
InMage targets MSPs with DR platform
InMage has added a number of enhancements to its Scout disaster recovery (DR) platform designed specifically for managed services providers (MSPs).
Recent announcements from:
Fujitsu, Fusion-io, Pivot3, Samsung and Toshiba.
Where are we with FCoE?
Where are we with FCoE?
C2C adds e-mail archiving for SMBs, cloud storage option
C2C Systems this week announced a cloud storage option and a new, trimmed down version of its e-mail archiving software called ArchiveOne Express, aimed at organizations running Microsoft Exchange with less than 500 users.
MLC for enterprise SSDs: The controller angle
MLC for enterprise SSDs: The controller angle
iSCSI cuts costs in virtual environments
IP SANs enable a relatively low-cost fusion of server virtualization and storage virtualization.
Symantec to expand deduplication
Symantec plans to build native data deduplication into its NetBackup and Backup Exec software by early 2010, as the company attempts to wrest mindshare from appliance-based deduplication vendors by bringing the technology closer to information sources.
SSDs require new array architectures
Solid-state technologies have long been in play on the periphery of the storage market, where end users with specialized storage needs have demanded performance capabilities far beyond those of spinning disks.
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Managing tape is no longer an oxymoron
Tape administrators are realizing that &quot;you can't manage what you can't measure.&quot;
Dell launches entry-level iSCSI arrays, software included
Dell added a new member to its EqualLogic family of iSCSI disk arrays, at a starting price of $10,000 with all of the software features found in its enterprise-class SAN arrays.
Is virtualization a strategy or a tool?
Strategy is defined by Miriam Webster dictionary as the art of devising or employing a plan to achieve a goal.
Is FCoE the future of data center networks?
For technology veterans, the old adage &quot;The more things change, the more they stay the same&quot; rings true.
HDS service reclaims capacity
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has extended its use of thin provisioning technology and is offering software and services designed to reclaim underutilized storage capacity.
Fujitsu addsentry-level arrays
Fujitsu has 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.
EMC revamps management software
EMC has brought all of its IT management software together under a new brand called Ionix as the c ompany attempts to streamline the process of moving from physical to virtualized data centers and, eventually, to the cloud.
Data Domain debuts dedupe system
Data Domain, which has been acquired by EMC, recently introduced the DD880, a deduplication storage system with approximately double the capacity and speeds of previous models and a new version of the company's management GUI with more granular system controls.
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