Industry News and Analysis

Oracle Explains How Pillar Buy Fits Its Storage Strategy
Oracle assures observers that its pending purchase of Pillar Data Systems is all part of a larger plan.
Oracle Buys Pillar Data Systems
Oracle announces its intent to buy out SAN Block I/O vendor Pillar Data Systems.
What Is Big Data?
I have been asked to attend a discussion group on "Big Data" to discuss Big Data. Unfortunately, what is missing from most discussions on "Big Data" is a definition.
World's Data Doubling Every Two Years
Storing data is a growing business, perhaps more than most IT professionals ever imagined, according to IDC.
Winchester Delivers Two 10 GbE FlashDisk Arrays
Users of Winchester Systems' VX-3460 line can now get the disk arrays with 10 Gb Ethernet ports.
IDC Reports Recovering Storage Software Market Strengthens
After a tough year of recovery for storage software in 2010, a leading analyst firm sees renewed growth ahead as corporate IT moves to satisfy 'pent-up' demand.
Half of Organizations Still Use Tape
In its annual survey of IT professionals, Sepaton finds old habits -- and old tape systems -- die hard.
OCZ Debuts New Line of Enterprise SSDs
OCZ bumps up the speed with its new line of SSDs for the enterprise.
New King of the Hill
Japan is now home of the world's fastest computer. How important is pure speed, and what are the implications?
Evaluation of Technology for System Procurement
When evaluating proposals, be sure to set a skills and knowledge baseline according to the project's needs. Also consider dividing the team into component skill sets.
Acronis Ships Backup & Recovery 11
Long a disk imaging stalwart, Acronis just updated its backup and recovery package for businesses.
Panasas Parallel Storage Appliance Holds 6 Petabytes
Panasas announces its ActiveStor 11 storage appliance will be able to handle up to six petabytes of hard-disk capacity.
5 Must-Have SAN Features
Your SAN's functionality can have a significant impact on your company's profit. Here are 5 must-have SAN features for your next purchase.
Xyratex to Ship HPC File Appliance
The company claims its Lustre-based storage system will let users store petabytes of data and retrieve them at blazing speeds.
ESG Lab Review: SQL Server 2008 and Hyper-V
This report presents the results of ESG Lab testing of the performance and scalability of Hyper-V R2  SP1 server virtualization technology.
Imation Ships Removable Hard Disk Library for SMBs
Imation expands its RDX hard-disk cartridge storage systems for small and medium customers.
NetApp Adds New Cloud Features to OnCommand Management Tools
NetApp beefs up its OnCommand management software for cloud control.
Hitachi to Offer Turnkey Private Cloud Solutions
 The company aims to make cloud computing easy for eager but reluctant enterprises.
Funny Thing About Tape: It Is Not Dead
Despite 40 years of pronouncements: Tape is not dead. Isn't it time vendors embraced the whole storage hierarchy?
NEC Shows New Content-Addressable Memory Tech
New technology developed by NEC and Tohoku University can save data to non-volatile memory even when the power is off.
OCZ RAID-0 PCIe SSD--Speed, Glorious Speed!
OCZ is doing some pretty cool stuff lately. For example, at the recent Computex show, they introduced the OCZ Z-Drive, an R4 88 PCIe SSD that has eight SandForce SF-2281 SSD controllers in a RAID-0 configuration.
Asigra Adds Smartphones to Its Cloud Backup Support
Version 11 of the software provider's premier tool for backup, restore and recovery adds a laundry list of new features.
openBench Labs Reviews: Nexsan API Integration
Nexsan drives down storage TCO by tightly integrating management  software with Windows APIs.
ESG Lab Review: EMC Greenplum DCA
Big data has become a big challenge as organizations look to revamp their infrastructures and processes to scale to accommodate steep growth rates without the equivalent cost curve.
Fujitsu Partners with Microsoft on Cloud Services, Storage
Microsoft and Fujitsu plan August rollout for Windows Azure running in Fujitsu datacenters in Japan.
OCZ Hybrid PCIe drive
I'm still looking over the postings around Computex 2011, and I found something else very interesting--a Hybrid PCIe drive. OCZ was showing what they called "RevoDrive Hybrid" that is a PCIe SSD and an HD, all on the same PCIe card.
Are Vendor User Groups Worth Attending?
Today's user group meetings are quite different from those of the previous decade. In general, quality is up, and logistics are simpler.
ESG Lab Review: Infineta Data Mobility Switch
This report presents the results of ESG Lab testing of Infineta's  hyper-scale WAN optimization switch.
Riverbed Goes Downstream with Whitewater
New cloud storage gateway acceleration appliance form factors debut focused on the small and mid-sized business.
Schools Need to Teach About I/O
CS and EE students need to learn about I/O and storage along with the advantages and disadvantages of various languages and methods. In most cases, they're not.
6 Storage Resource Management Pain Points--Mitigated
Storage resource management is no walk in the park. It's time to put some good tools to work for it.
Likewise Expands Storage Authentication
Likewise aims to make it easier to have CIFS/SMB and NFS authentication to work together on storage networks.
Computex - OCZ Revodrive 3 - Coolness in PCIe form
RevoDrive 3, a new PCIe-based SSD from OCZ announced at Computex, breaks from its PCIX predecessors by being a pure PCIe play.
What Is Data Managenment?
Lately, I've been getting requests from various people for 'data management plans.'  In theory, some sort of plan that manages data and makes life better sounds great. The problem is,  no one seems to know what 'data management' is.
ESG Lab Review: DataCore SANsymphonyV
ESG Lab evaluated SANsymphony-V with an eye on assessing the value of infrastructure-wide storage virtualization including centralized management, ease of use, capacity efficiency, data mobility, and performance.
Micron Announces New Generation of Fast SSDs
The Idaho memory manufacturer debuts a new line of high-performance SSDs on PCIe cards.
Texas Memory Claims Fastest 1U Flash Storage Unit
New SSD packs high-performance and up to 5 TB of storage into a small rackmount space.
Stay Safe With BitLocker
If you're a Window's Server 2008 user, be sure to check out BitLocker to keep your data secure. This webcast steps through how to configure and use BitLocker.