Industry News and Analysis

Recent announcements from:
3PAR, Brocade, HP, Horizon Data Center Solutions, IceWEB, Mezeo Software and Voltaire.
Compellent packages SAN for smaller data centers
Compellent is now offering SAN configurations aimed at companies moving from direct-attached to networked storage.
How to manage 2PB+
How to manage 2PB+
Dataram accelerates FC SANs
<p>Dataram this week entered the broader storage market with the introduction of the XcelaSAN appliance for accelerating application performance in Fibre Channel SAN environments.</p>
Engenio arrays support SSDs, iSCSI
LSI has upgraded its Engenio 7900 disk arrays with support for SSD drives and iSCSI host interfaces, adding to support for Fibre Channel and SATA drives and 4Gbps/8Gbps Fibre Channel host connections.
Survey: SMBs keeping data in-house
Survey: SMBs keeping data in-house
How real is cloud computing/storage?
Cloud computing and cloud storage are becoming more viable, but a number of issues still remain - including security.
Fujitsu ETERNUS8000 - Large Scale Storage Consolidation for the Enterprise
The Fujitsu ETERNUS8000 storage system is an extremely scalable enterprise-class storage platform that combines massive scalability (up to 2.7PB) with data availability, security, and operational efficiency.
Fujitsu ETERNUS4000 - High-End Functionality, Midrange Price/Performance
The Fujitsu ETERNUS4000 storage system is a highly scalable midrange storage platform which employs enterprise-class attributes to improve data availability, security, and operational efficiency.
What is Dedupe 2.0?
What is Dedupe 2.0?
Dedupe 2.0: The Benefits of Optimizing Primary and Secondary Storage
Dedupe 2.0: The Benefits of Optimizing Primary and Secondary Storage Originally Broadcast: Sep 24, 2009 Overview: This session will present an overview of the various solutions for the challenges of Primary and Secondary Storage Optimization and real-world examples of successful deployments of Dedupe 2.0.
Recent announcements from:
BakBone Software, Bell Microproducts, HP, IceWEB, Mellanox Technologies, Panasas, Penguin Computing, Pliant Technology, Samsung Electronics and Xiotech.
Brocade connects data centers with FCoE blades
Continuing on its path toward making the DCX Backbone a cornerstone of converged networking, Brocade is now shipping a pair of new Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) blades capable of connecting two or more data centers and consolidating server I/O.
InMage upgrades DR software
The 5.1 release of InMage Systems' Scout disaster recovery (DR) software includes a number of features designed primarily for large end-user sites (hundreds or thousands of servers), as well as managed service providers (MSPs) and cloud services providers.
EMC adds cascaded replication to Data Domain systems
EMC is making it easier to move data between Data Domain deduplication systems at multiple sites with enhancements to the Data Domain Replicator software option.
Reldata simplifies 'unified storage' management
Reldata today took the wraps off the latest version of its RELvos software, with a focus primarily on simplifying management of unified storage environments, which in the case of Reldata refers to the combination of block-level iSCSI SANs and file-level NAS.
Will network and storage teams merge?
Will network and storage teams merge?
Seagate first with 6Gbps SATA drives
Seagate today became the first disk drive manufacturer to ship 6Gbps SATA drives. The 3.5-inch, 7,200rpm Barracuda XT drives pack 2TB of capacity.
Come together? Not now...in IT
Come together? Not now...in IT
Intel previews Jasper Forest processors
Intel's "Jasper Forest" processors boast integrated PCI Express (PCIe) support and lower power consumption for dense storage system designs. The processors are due to ship in "early 2010," according to Intel officials.
Cleversafe adds object-based storage to dsNets
In an effort to capitalize on the growth of unstructured data, Cleversafe has announced the addition of object-based storage to its Dispersed Storage Network (dsNet) platform.
GreenBytes launches multifunction deduplication appliances
Startup GreenBytes has thrown its hat into the data deduplication ring with a pair of storage appliances, but there's a twist. The company's GB-X Series of deduplication systems combine native inline deduplication with an enterprise-scale file system - the GreenBytes File System (GBFS), which is based on Sun's open-source software - to extend deduplication to primary storage.
Cloud computing and the US Open
Cloud computing and the US Open
Recent announcements from:
Asankya, Atempo, Emulex, Exanet, QLogic, Tandberg Data, and Texas Memory Systems.
Cloud storage opportunities and challenges
With total IT spending on cloud computing projected to grow at least threefold by 2012, a lot is being heard today about the potential benefits of cloud computing.
Dot Hill's VRA lowers RAID costs
Dot Hill Systems today introduced software in what it hopes to be a new category of RAID, dubbed Virtual RAID Adapter (VRA). The software-only RAID technology promises to decrease the cost of adding RAID functionality to low-end and mid-range servers by
NEC upgrades HYDRAstor for long-term archiving
NEC is turning its HYDRAstor grid storage system into a long-term archiving platform with performance, security, availability, and management upgrades aimed at storing data for 100 years.
Pliant delivers EFD SSD drives
Startup Pliant Technology today announced its entry into the solid-state disk (SSD) fray with the introduction of its Lightning line of Enterprise Flash Drives (EFDs). The drives are designed for OEMs and integrators building hybrid arrays consisting of SSDs and traditional hard disk drives (HDDs).
IDC: Sweet spots appearing in storage software, hardware markets
IDC: Sweet spots appearing in storage software, hardware markets
Adaptec enables SSD + HDD RAID
As part of a partnership with Intel, Adaptec this week introduced software for its RAID controllers that will enable its OEM and channel partners to combine the controllers and software with solid-state disk (SSD) drives and traditional hard disk drives in what the company refers to as High-Performance Hybrid Arrays (HPHAs).
Recent announcements from:
Asigra, Atempo, C2C, Hitachi Data Systems, Nexsan and Storwize.
Dell debuts Windows-based NAS for SMBs
Dell added a new system to its family of networked storage systems for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) today with the debut of the PowerVault NX300, a Windows-based NAS appliance with data deduplication support and a capacity of up to 4TB.
Hitachi ships midrange NAS platform
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) today announced the general availability of two new Hitachi Network Attached Storage (NAS) Platform systems - the Hitachi NAS 3080 and 3090 - as the company sets its sights squarely on the midrange NAS market.
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Storage highlights from VMworld
<strong>September 4, 2009</strong> -- Storage vendors were out in force at this week's VMworld show in San Francisco, with a number of vendors using the show as a launch pad for new product introductions and others running demos of storage products tuned for VMware environments.
Promise offers power-saving RAID for SMBs
Promise Technology is now shipping the VessRAID series storage systems, with energy efficient drive spin-down technology aimed at meeting the long-term storage needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
Recent announcements from:
3PAR, Akorri, DataCore Software, DataPipe, ExaGrid, Hitachi Data Systems, InMage, Kroll Ontrack, Pillar Data Systems, QLogic and Western Digital.
Dell taps Brocade for FCoE, CEE gear
Dell is moving up the stack. The company today announced an expanded partnership with Brocade to sell Dell-branded versions of Brocade's Fibre Channel HBAs, CNAs, FCoE and&nbsp;CEE switching products as part of a new focus on data center virtualization and unified networking.
EMC scoops up FastScale Technology, Kazeon
EMC scoops up FastScale Technology, Kazeon
VMware and Cisco and EMC, oh my
VMware and Cisco and EMC, oh my
FalconStor extends virtual appliance line for VMware
FalconStor Software has taken its entire product line virtual with the launch of the File-interface Deduplication System (FDS) virtual appliance as part of a new VMware initiative announced this week.
IBM adds replication to deduplicating VTLs
This month, IBM added native replication capabilities to its family of ProtecTIER virtual tape library (VTL) appliances in an effort to extend data deduplication to remote disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) operations.
The role of deduplication in disaster recovery
The combination of replication and data deduplication in DR operations can save costs and bandwidth.
The need for speed: 6Gbps SAS and 8Gbps FC
The latest versions of the most popular host/drive interfaces have 2X the throughput (or more), and RAID arrays and controllers are finally hitting the channel and end users.
Options for disk-based backup and recovery
There are now a lot of alternatives for disk-to-disk (D2D) backup and recovery, and choosing the right solution depends largely on business requirements.
New Products
Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer?s guide for professionals.
NetApp taps QLogic for FCoE
NetApp recently announced native Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) connectivity across its line of FAS and V series storage systems.
Brocade ships FCoE/CEE blade
This month, Brocade began shipping a Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) blade that brings Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) and FCoE capabilities to its DCX Backbone platform.
I/O virtualization's a sweet spot for 10GbE
Server virtualization technologies, such as VMware or Citrix's Xen, allow multiple applications to run on different "guest" operating systems and share a physical server.
Go green by monitoring storage environmentals
A variety of storage technologies are available to reduce energy consumption, but you need tools for metering and monitoring power usage.
FalconStor ships turnkey iSCSI/FC SAN
Billing it as "the only SAN that can virtualize other SANs," FalconStor Software recently began shipping its first turnkey SAN system.
Do you have the need for speed?
Whenever a disk/host interface doubles in speed, the question is: Who needs it? Such is the case with 6Gbps SAS and 8Gbps Fibre Channel.
Cisco accelerates data over WANs
Cisco recently released a round of software upgrades for its MDS 9000 family of Multilayer Directors that improve data encryption and accelerate traffic over distances for IBM System z mainframe storage environments and open systems SANs.
Business Briefs
This section takes on late-breaking business and partnership news written for industry insiders.
Why you need disaster recovery management
DR testing can be a complex and costly proposition, but DRM products can help by automating the test and change management processes.