EMC World news: Atmos-based cloud computing, storage automation plans

Headlines: EMC and AT&T claim new EMC Atmos service and AT&T's new Synaptic Storage as a Service are more enterprise-ready than others on the market, and EMC reveals its storage automation plans

Storage channel news roundup for May 14-20, 2009

EMC World 2009: EMC, AT&T open up Atmos-based cloud storage services

ORLANDO, Fla. - EMC Corp.'s Atmos object-based storage system is the basis for two cloud computing services launched Monday at EMC World 2009 -- EMC Atmos onLine and AT&T's Synaptic Storage as a Service.

EMC's service coincides with a new feature within the Atmos Web services API that lets organizations with Atmos systems already on-premise "federate" data -- move it across data storage clouds. In this case, they'll be able to move data from their on-premise Atmos to an external Atmos computing cloud.

Organizations without an internal Atmos system can also send data to Atmos onLine by writing applications to its APIs.

Data-loss prevention products from RSA can also be used with Atmos to proactively identify confidential data such as social security numbers and keep them from being sent outside the user's firewall.

See full story on Atmos-based cloud storage services.

EMC World 2009: EMC reveals storage automation plans

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Storage automation will be a major theme of EMC Corp.'s product roadmap the rest of this year, according to hints company executives dropped during the first day of EMC World 2009 earlier this week. However, EMC must still convince some wary show attendees that it's a good idea to take storage system control out of their hands.

EMC is planning a Clariion refresh in the second half of the year, according to a presentation given by a group of storage division executives Monday. The company's midrange Navisphere management software will be made "VM-aware," meaning it will feature automatic discovery of ESX servers in the environment, and an end-to-end view of virtual and physical resources. The new software will also be capable of maintaining relationships between virtual machines (VMs) and their underlying physical storage.

Read the full story on EMC's storage automation plans.

EMC World 2009: Customers look for more information on Symmetrix V-Max

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Customers attending the EMC World 2009 conference said they would be looking for more information about the new Symmetrix V-Max array, and watching for updates on Clariion, VMware integration and solid-state drives (SSDs).

Attendees at the opening reception Sunday night said they were interested in finding out more about the systems EMC has launched since last year's EMC World.

"We're interested in looking at V-Max for its potential integration with VMware," said Danghuy Nguyen, enterprise systems manager at the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corp. (NRUCFC) in Herndon, Va. Nguyen said the ability to do virtual provisioning and provision according to policy groups rather than by individual server "could take [server] virtualization to the next level and ease management for administrators."

Read the full story on Symmetrix V-Max.

Sun tweaks tape platform while waiting for Oracle to take over

Sun Microsystems Inc. is enhancing its tape and virtual tape platforms, even as it prepares to turn the business over to Oracle Corp.

Oracle's $7.4 billion acquisition of Sun -- expected to close within months -- will make it one of two major enterprise tape vendors along with IBM Corp. Nobody knows for sure what Oracle plans to do with the tape business that Sun acquired from StorageTek in 2005, but Sun is proceeding with its planned roadmap until the Oracle deal closes.

The enhancements Sun disclosed this week include the entry-level Sun StorageTek Virtual Storage Manager VSM5e virtual tape library (VTL) designed for disaster recovery (DR) and test sites, a three-time capacity increase of the VSM5 VTL to 90 TB maximum, an expansion module with redundant robotics for its StorageTek SL3000 midrange tape library, and Enterprise Library software to manage all of Sun's mainframe libraries.

Sun's press release said the upgrades demonstrate "an unwavering commitment to enterprise storage customers," but that commitment will ultimately have to come from Oracle.

Read the full story on Sun's tape platform.

Consolidated data backups go smoother for Sematech with CommVault Simpana and NetApp disk

When Sematech Inc. moved into a new data center in Albany, N.Y., late last year, the semiconductor research consortium decided it was a good time to streamline its data backup process by getting rid of its tape backup and consolidating two separate infrastructures into one.

"We decided to take the opportunity to do a technology refresh while we were doing the move," Sematech systems administrator Daniel Muller said.

Sematech kept its Austin, Texas, office, and split its personnel and operations between the two locations. The move included a migration from an aging Hewlett-Packard (HP) Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) and DLT tape drives to a pair of NetApp Inc. FAS3140 filers with approximately 30 TB of raw data on each.

Read the full story on Sematech's use of Commvault Simpana and NetApp disk.

Sepaton's DeltaRemote integrates remote replication with data deduplication on virtual tape libraries

Sepaton Inc. is adding the ability to replicate deduplicated data to its virtual tape libraries (VTLs) to facilitate disaster recovery (DR), particularly in large enterprises.

Sepaton's DeltaRemote software, launched this week, can be licensed along with its DeltaStor deduplication software to reduce the amount of data organizations must move to their disaster recovery site. Sepaton previously allowed customers to replicate to remote sites, but the replicated data was not deduped.

Most enterprise deduplication systems already support replication of deduped data, and Sepaton CEO Mike Worhach identified it as a major goal for his company earlier this year.

Use our step-by-step guide for sizing the VTL.

Iomega portable USB 2.0 eGo hard drives get more capacity and better data protection

Iomega, the consumer and small-business products division of EMC Corp., introduced the newest version of the company's eGo portable hard drives. The consumer, home office, and SMB-targeted storage devices are now USB 2.0-compliant and include a data protection software suite.

The eGo single disk storage unit uses industry-standard 9 mm, 2.5-inch hard drives from multiple manufacturers, and Iomega includes a 3-year warranty on all drives.

The data protection software bundle includes a six-month subscription to McAfee VirusScan Plus software and Iomega's QuikProtect.

Read the full story on Iomega's eGo hard drives.

EPA begins long process to green storage specification

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is looking to develop standards for making data storage devices more energy efficient, although it's probably years away from having an industry-standard green storage specification.

The EPA issued an industry letter indicating that it's taking formal steps to develop an Energy Star specification for enterprise data storage devices. Meeting the voluntary Energy Star spec would allow data storage equipment manufacturers to use the familiar Energy Star marketing label to promote product energy efficiencies.

There's a lot of talk about green storage from vendors, but customers have no formal way of comparing products to determine their power efficiency.

Andrew Fanara, program manager for the EPA's Climate Protection Partnership Division, said the agency wants to develop more standardized information to measure the energy consumption of data center products.

See SearchSystemsChannel.com's data center cost containment Project FAQ guide.

HP prepares Taxonom data classification SaaS service

Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. is tapping into the cloud to provide data classification Software as a Service (SaaS) for building taxonomies for records management. The Web-based service, called Taxonom, is in private beta tests and will likely be generally available later this year.

Taxonom helps IT administrators and others such as content management pros and corporate librarians quickly build relevant taxonomies for the enterprise information they commonly deal with. The program can cut the time to create such taxonomies from months to days.

Companies often pay consultants to build custom taxonomies with a corresponding catalog used to provide a conceptual framework for information retrieval. To use the service, organizations describe their business domain and the service compiles a standard taxonomy for that business domain based on a knowledge base compiled by HP from various sources and stored in the cloud.

Check out SearchStorage.com's podcast with John Merryman of GlassHouse Technologies on data classification.

Tech Data launches stimulus spending tracker for VARs

Tech Data Corp. says its new Economic Stimulus Watch will help resellers track the billions of dollars in IT spending that was made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The resource center will aggregate and list daily developments for affiliated VARs. It will also act as a forum for VARs to post questions and comments and talk with Tech Data systems engineers and credit specialists.

The Economic Stimulus Watch will also host live and virtual online events. Industry experts will discuss the impact ARRA is having in the channel and how resellers can capitalize on this opportunity

Check out our special report on the economic stimulus package.

Additional storage news

Find last week's storage channel news roundup here.

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