Oracle outlines tape library roadmap for largest clients; Digital data in 2020 predicted at 35 ZB

Headlines: Oracle execs meet with some of company's largest tape library customers, to persuade them of its commitment to the product line; IDC study: Data growth saw no global recession in 2009.

Storage channel news roundup for April 28 to May 5, 2010

Oracle outlines enterprise tape library roadmap for its largest clients

Oracle Corp. executives convened with some of its largest enterprise tape library customers this week, attempting to persuade them of their commitment to the product portfolio by outlining a blueprint that one client said "dropped a lot of jaws in the audience."

The Large Tape Users Group (LTUG) has been in session since 1988, but last week's three-day conference at Broomfield, Colo., was the first since Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems for $7.4 billion this January. Oracle's adherence to the tape business was a big concern for customers, most of whom initially bought their tape libraries from StorageTek before Sun acquired that company in 2005.

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Digital data generated in 2020 predicted at 35 ZB; cloud computing integral to data growth

Data growth did not undergo a global recession in 2009, concludes a Digital Universe study by Framingham, Mass.-based IDC. The technology research and consulting firm calculates the worldwide volume of digital data increased by 62% between 2008 and 2009 to almost 800,000 petabytes (PB). IDC says that this "Digital Universe" will increase to 1.2 million PB, or 1.2 zettabytes (ZB) in 2010 and arrive at 35 ZB by 2020.

The report also details an expanding gap between the quantity of digital data being generated and the quantity of storage available.

Since 2007, IDC has organized a Digital Universe Study for EMC Corp. and predicted the amount of digital data generated annually. The 2010 study also investigates the effects of data growth on storage, how cloud storage factors in, and where consumers and IT professionals belong in the outlook of digital media.

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Genome researchers tackle data management

Researchers at the Genomes Environments Traits Conference (GET Conference) report that although improvements in gene sequencing instruments are curtailing bioinformatics data growth, managing the data remains a hurdle.

The GET Conference, held at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center last week, included leaders in the field of human genomics, including Nobel Prize laureate James Watson, who co-established the Human Genome Project and was one of the first to have their personal genome sequenced. The conference was held to benefit the Personal Genome Project (PGP), a partnership between researchers, biotechnology companies and volunteers from the general public aiming to make personal gene sequencing more feasible and economical.

Personal Genome Project heads state that gene sequencing of individuals could bring about new treatments for diseases, advance preventative care, and play a part in a rising cultural grasp of genealogy and identity. But IT pros responsible for maintaining genome sequencing research said there are data management obstacles to overcome before those goals can be achieved.

Read the full story on Genome researchers' struggle with data management.

File virtualization in use at food service firm

After Brocade Communications Systems Inc. halted its StorageX file server virtualization product last year, A&W Food Services of Canada employed AutoVirt Inc. to carry out data migration for an impending Windows server upgrade.

Bruce Jamieson, network systems manager, said the Vancouver, British Columbia-stationed A&W  launched Brocade's StorageX to organize what had become a disorderly Windows file server environment. StorageX provided A&W with a global namespace, but Jamieson said the product created more disruption and necessitated more manual interventions in his file server environment than he had anticipated.

For instance, Jamieson said, StorageX didn't sustain Windows Server 2003 R2's Access-based Enumeration, which hides shared files and folders from users not authorized to access them. When additional users are included to Active Directory's access control lists, Windows automatically generates a home directory for the user's personal files, but this didn't convert into the StorageX global namespace, Jamieson said.

Read the full story on A&W Food Services' use of file virtualization.

Exchange 2010 archiving could mean a considerable increase in SAN costs

Microsoft Corp., with Exchange 2010, has started to make it less costly to store Exchange data emails, even in high availability (HA) configurations. But experts say the price really relies on what kind of hardware setup your email archives need.

Microsoft's adjustments to Exchange were mainly intended for it to function on more inexpensive JBODs or direct attached storage, but many organizations would rather, or find it more practical to, use their storage area networks (SANs). And that can make Exchange 2010 quite expensive to operate.

David Ferris, Ferris Research senior analyst, listed the costs of Exchange 2010 with a SAN on a blog on his company's website last month.

"Eighteen terabytes (TB) of NetApp Fibre Channel SAN costs about $240,000 when switches, controllers, shelves, and software are included," wrote Ferris. "After allowing for snapshots, this gives perhaps 12 TB of usable storage, which translates to $20 per gigabyte (GB). Most customers run Exchange 2010 in RAID 10, which doubles the cost."

Read the full story on Exchange 2010 archiving.

Data Robotics CEO: Drobo makes RAID data storage easier

Data Robotics, an SMB storage vendor, became a topic of conversation last December when founder Geoff Barrall resigned as CEO, with former Brocade Communications Systems executive Tom Buiocchi taking his place. We recently talked with Buiocchi for new developments on the company, his plan for expanding the Drobo product line, and the reason he believes a want of innovation in RAID in the past has provided opportunities for Data Robotics.

Read the interview with Data Robotics CEO Buiocchi about the Drobo product line and RAID.

CA updates ARCserve Backup software with disk backup module

CA added a disk backup  product with bare-metal restore to its ARCServe data protection suite, expanding its Version 15 backup, replication and high-availability applications.

The new application, CA ARCserve D2D, works autonomously or with ARCserve Backup 15. Dissimilar to ARCserve Backup, D2D doesn't support data deduplication, but CA Recovery Management Senior Vice President Adam Famularo says its block-level incremental backup decreases storage capacity. D2D performs a full backup the first time, and incrementals with following backups.

Additionally, D2D carries out bare-metal recovery to different hardware, and its single snapshot backup restores files, volumes, databases or the whole system to physical and virtual servers in one go. The application supports end-user file restore and includes, according to CA, a Web 2.0 interface -- it starts up within a web browser with a management GUI that shows the progress of backups/restores and links to support resources.

Dave Russell, Gartner Inc. analyst, says interface of the D2D product could be what differentiates it from competitors.

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Iomega ix12-300r fuels SMB storage hardware competition

EMC Corp.'s Iomega launched a new 12-bay multiprotocol disk array this week, enlarging the range of Iomega products from its initially small office/home office (SOHO) concentration into the low end of the commercial SMB market. Analysts predict that the cost of the new ix12's could disturb a market that's been a target of fresh competition among enterprise storage vendors in the past year.

The Iomega StorCenter ix12 ranges from 4 TB to 24 TB in a 2U form factor. Like the  rest of Iomega's ix series, it has one controller, a feature differentiating it from the low end of EMC's Clariion AX4 and Celerra NX4 lines, which feature dual controllers and can span up to 60 drives.

Read the full story on EMC Iomega's new ix12-300r multiprotocol disk array.

VaultLogix integrates with ConnectWise

Online backup and recovery provider VaultLogix announced its integration with ConnectWise, a business operating system for MSPs, VARs, and other IT service providers.

Alerts generated from remote monitoring and management platforms and backup and restore notification emails generated from VaultLogix Internet Vault Advantage flow into ConnectWise PSA software and create service tickets. Additionally, backup data usage and additional nonrecurring and monthly recurring charges for VaultLogix have been integrated into ConnectWise, to simplify the billing process.

According to the two companies, the integration between VaultLogix and ConnectWise has been tested and approved by existing VaultLogix resellers and ConnectWise PSA software users.

Bocada launches partner program

Bocada Inc., maker of the Prism backup reporting and assessment software tool, announced the launch of its Bocada Partner Program for VARs and MSPs. The program includes marketing aids, sales presentations, product demonstrations, product reference materials, deal registration and lead tracking.

Bocada said that it has signed a number of VARs and MSPs in the United States and EMEA so far this year and is looking to sign additional channel partners this upcoming quarter.

In tandem with its delivery of the agentless Prism tool early in 2009, Bocada developed what it calls the "data protection service management" model, a set of best practices for ensuring effective data protection, to either a company's internal or external clients. Prism adheres to this DPSM model by evaluating an IT organization's data protection health, problem management, SLA management and policy management. Bocada says that VARs and MSPs can either sell Prism to IT organizations or use it as an assessment tool at customer sites to uncover potential services opportunities.

Nine Technology partners with NASBA

Online backup and recovery developer Nine Technology recently announced a partnership with NASBA, the Association of Channel Resellers, to offer online backup and recovery solutions to NASBA members. These clients will be able to rebrand and offer Nine Technology's two "Powered by Nine" solutions to their customers. These consist of the One solution for desktop and laptop computers, and Pro, an upcoming solution, for business servers.

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