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Dell looking to expand; HP purchases file-system vendor Ibrix

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Storage channel news roundup for July 16-22, 2009

Dell looking for acquisitions; data storage experts scope out the candidates

Dell Inc. executives last week repeated their claims that the vendor is looking for acquisitions, without giving much hint about who's on the shopping list. But data storage figured prominently in Dell's analyst day presentations on Tuesday, and execs pointed to EqualLogic as a model acquisition.

Founder and CEO Michael Dell hailed EqualLogic for its solid technology, and said revenue from its iSCSI storage systems has grown four times since Dell acquired it in early 2008.

Dell also said any acquisition target would have to fit into the vendor's channel sales strategy, be easy to integrate and have financial stability with good profit margins. Dell hasn't specifically limited its acquisition talk to data storage, and RBC Capital Markets analyst Amit Daryanani wrote in a note to clients, "We do not believe investors received a firm idea of how this might unfold at the analyst day. Management vaguely indicated it would likely look to do a 'portfolio' of acquisitions that would augment its penetration in favorable submarkets."

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HP buys Ibrix for scale-out NAS, takes another step into clustered storage

Hewlett-Packard Co. last week acquired its clustered file system partner Ibrix Inc., giving it a second scale-out network-attached storage (NAS) product to go with the PolyServe software it bought two years ago.

HP did not disclose financial terms of the deal, but said the transaction will likely close within 30 days, and Ibrix employees -- including president and CEO Milan Shetti -- will join the StorageWorks Division in Hewlett-Packard's Technology Solutions Group.

HP has resold Ibrix software with its storage-area network (SAN) systems, as well as with its ProLiant and BladeSystem servers since 2006. DreamWorks Animation has used a combination of Ibrix Fusion and HP hardware to render its animated movies. Ibrix also counts Pixar Animation Studios as a customer, and has sales partnerships with EMC Corp. and Dell Inc.

Learn more about HP's purchase of Ibrix.

Cornell University, Shopzilla deploy primary storage data reduction to consolidate storage, keep up with data growth

Cornell University and e-commerce site Shopzilla are among the early adopters of primary storage data reduction to consolidate their storage and keep up with data growth. Both use compression appliances from startups. Ithaca, N.Y-based Cornell runs Ocarina Networks ECOsystem appliances, and Shopzilla has Storwize Inc.'s STN-6000 device.

Cornell looks to consolidate storage, appeal to internal clients

Cornell University's Center for Advanced Computing (CAC) began testing Ocarina Network's ECOsystem appliances in January, and found new algorithms geared specifically to files used in life sciences applications delivered 50% compression. Cornell now deploys Ocarina with its S2A9700 disk arrays from DataDirect Networks Inc.

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Data backup reporting tools' trending features rank highly with backup administrators

Data backup reporting tools have evolved to include trending and analysis features to better help in planning for backup data growth -- a valuable asset for companies doing backups to tape, and especially for those backing up to disk. SearchDataBackup.com readers gave the trending/analysis features of their backup reporting tools the highest ranking of any of the features we inquired about in a recent survey (average ranking of 3.7 out of 4). When backup reporting tools first emerged, they were used primarily to report backup successes/failures, but users have adopted this newer feature with success.

Find out why it's a good idea to learn best practices for a variety of backup applications, even if you only support one.

Quantum adds VMware data backup, encryption key management device

Quantum Corp. is beefing up data protection on its disk and tape storage this week, with a software module that backs up VMware ESX virtual servers for its DXI data deduplication virtual tape libraries (VTLs) and a key management appliance for its Scalar LTO-4 tape libraries.

The Quantum esXpress software module is a virtual backup appliance (VBA) that runs inside of Quantum's DXi data deduplication systems, and the Scalar Key Management Appliance is built into Scalar libraries to manage LTO-4's integrated encryption.

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Data Domain delivers the DD880: A bigger, faster data deduplication device

Data Domain Inc. this week launched the DD880, its largest and fastest data deduplication backup device, which will almost certainly be its last product brought out before it becomes part of EMC Corp.

The Data Domain DD880 launches as EMC works on closing its $2.1 billion acquisition of Data Domain. The DD880 is Data Domain's first quad-socket quad-core processor system, and the vendor claims the increased CPU power increases aggregate throughput to up to 5.4 TB per hour, single-stream throughput up to 1.2 TB per hour and supports up to 71 TB of usable capacity.

That's twice the throughput and capacity of its next largest box, the dual-socket quad-core DD690. A DDX array with the maximum 16 controllers can perform at up to 86 TB per hour with 56 PB of usable capacity.

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Using open-source data backup software

Many people who use open-source data backup software become quite attached to a program, whether it's Amanda, BackupPC or Bacula. Administrators responsible for protecting data at SMBs or at the departmental level typically gravitate to these free programs because they're comfortable writing custom scripts and working with Unix and Linux. Also, they can use open-source backup tools such as rsync, which synchronizes files and directories between different locations, and tar, an archiving program.

BackupPC is a disk-based data backup and recovery system that was designed to work with desktops, servers and laptops. According to a report on open-source backup programs by Eric Burgener, former senior analyst and consultant at the Hopkinton, Mass.-based Taneja Group, BackupPC is "weak in the areas of media management and security, but excels in its ease of use, and offers a unique feature in the world of open-source data protection: integrated data deduplication."

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Barracuda Networks adds data deduplication with Yosemite integration

Barracuda Networks is adding data deduplication into its Barracuda Backup Service and the BarracudaWare Yosemite Server data backup product.

Barracuda's move into the hot deduplication space is driven by acquisitions. Barracuda acquired dedupe IP when it bought BitLeap LLC last November, and the BarracudaWare Yosemite Server Backup comes from the acquistion of Yosemite Technologies in January.

Read about data deduplication in the storage channel.

MXsense announces channel partner program for its email archiving solution

MXsense Solutions Inc. recently launched MXsense Channel Partner Program, a channel initiative for its email archiving solution. The company is hoping to recruit business partners and value-added resellers (VARs) looking to tap into the email archiving market.

MXsense offers a turn-key email archiving solution designed to help organizations manage information and intelligence stored in email communications and attachments. As a hosted, software as a service (SaaS) email archiving solution, MXsense provides a search engine with built-in indexing and archiving features.

Storwize revises partner program; promises easier navigation, new education programs

Storwize Inc., an online data reduction vendor, recently unveiled new enhancements to the Storwize Partnerwize Program, formerly known as the Vanguard Program. The company's partner portal, which has been rebuilt with a new layout and enhanced navigation, provides partners with one place for all of their sales enablement needs. The program also includes education programs for both partners and their customers in online data reduction technology.

DataCore courting Microsoft partners

At the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2009 last week, DataCore Software, a storage virtualization, business continuity and disaster recovery software vendor, announced that it has developed a fast-track for Microsoft partners to increase business. DataCore has developed a self-serve portal, whereby Microsoft partners can directly access many new features, including special promotions, sales tools and materials, and more information about DataCore products.

Tech Data signs deal with SunGard Availability Services

Tech Data Corp. announced this week a new distribution agreement with SunGard Availability Services. Tech Data's Advanced Infrastructure Solutions (AIS) Division will enable VARs to incorporate SunGard's managed backup and disaster recovery services into the data center solutions they sell to customers. Tech Data is distributing SunGard's Living Disaster Recovery Planning System, for business continuity design, and Virtual Server Replication services.

Additional storage news

Check out last week's storage channel news roundup, and last week's SearchDisasterRecovery.com news briefs.


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