IBM to ship Storwize system without compression; Quantum completes dedupe line overhaul

Headlines: IBM debuts its first Storwize product – a storage virtualization system that doesn't include Storwize data compression – and upgraded its enterprise storage array; and Quantum finishes refreshing its DXi dedupe line.

Storage channel news roundup for Oct. 7-13, 2010

IBM rolls out Storwize storage virtualization system -- without compression

Last week IBM debuted its first Storwize product -- a storage virtualization system that doesn't include Storwize data compression -- and upgraded its enterprise storage array.

IBM rolled out its Storwize V7000 midrange storage system and DS8800 enterprise system, with company executives mostly highlighting the midrange system even without compression functionality. IBM bought Storwize a few months ago for $140 million.

Doug Balog, IBM vice president of storage, said the company will eventually add real-time compression to all of its storage systems, but the V7000 won't gain that capability until next year.

The V7000 uses code from IBM's SAN Volume Controller (SVC) storage virtualization device, the interface from the company's XIV system and the DS8000 system's RAID stack. Like with the SVC, IT organizations can use non-IBM storage systems in tandem with the V7000 controller.

The DS8800 includes small changes from IBM's DS8700 high-end SAN system, with most of the microcode unchanged. The most significant design alteration is that the DS8800 has front-to-back cooling instead of the DS8700's chimney design.

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Quantum revamps dedupe backup system

Quantum Corp. completed a refresh of its DXi dedupe disk backup line this week, by rolling out the DXi8500 enterprise VTL at SNW in Dallas.

The DXi8500 replaces the DXi7500 as the high-end product in the company's disk backup line. Quantum also delivered DXi6500 midrange NAS system, a midrange DXi6700 dedupe appliance and DXi4500 appliances for SMBs within the past year.

The overhaul followed EMC Corp.'s acquisition of Data Domain and its decision not to sell Quantum's deduplication software. EMC Data Domain is now Quantum's main competitor in the deduplication backup market. Quantum positions the DXi8500 as a competitor to EMC Data Domain's DD8800.

A DXi8500 device scales from 20 TB to 200 TB. It has six-core Nehalem processors, and Quantum says it can process at a rate of 6.4 TB per hour.

The list price for the DXi8500 is $430,000; a DXi8500 with 90 TB usable and VTL interface costs $731,000.

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Symantec puts SRM applications under Veritas Operations Manager banner

Symantec Corp. this week rolled Storage Foundation, Veritas Cluster Server and Veritas CommandCentral Storage into Veritas Operations Manager (VOM). Veritas Operations Manager 3.1 is positioned as a management console for monitoring heterogeneous applications, servers and storage.

Customers can still buy Storage Foundation, Veritas Cluster Server and CommandCentral Storage as standalone products, or they can buy Veritas Operations Manager for a single-pane-of-glass console for those tools. Storage Foundation and Veritas Cluster Server also are included in a bundled solution called Veritas Storage Foundation High Availability (SFHA) for critical applications. Symantec said it will also update SFHA.

Veritas Operations Manager 3.1 and Veritas CommandCentral 5.2 are available today, with SFHA 5.1 planned for later this year.

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EMC Greenplum Data Computing Appliance (DCA) takes on Oracle Exadata

EMC this week launched a data warehouse appliance to compete with Oracle Corp.'s Exadata, plus systems from Netezza Corp., Teradata Corp. and others. The EMC Greenplum Data Computing Appliance (EMC Greenplum DCA, from the company's July acquisition of Greenplum) is a standalone DAS device that can also be packaged with EMC Clariion SAN and Data Domain systems.

The EMC Greenplum DCA includes Greenplum 4.0 software and a hardware system that includes 16 servers and 192 Intel cores -- for 36 TB uncompressed or 144 TB compressed data in a single rack. The system comes in half-rack and full-rack configurations and can scale to 24 racks. The company said the Greenplum DCA can scan uncompressed data at 24 GBps and load more than 10 TB per hour per rack. Pricing for the Greenplum DCA starts at $1 million.

EMC also sells Greenplum 4.0 as standalone software. The company also offers the DCA packaged with Clariion storage and EMC RecoverPoint replication software, and with Data Domain dedupe devices for backup.

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DataCore hires VMware and Citrix veterans to boost channel operation

Storage virtualization vendor DataCore Software last week announced the appointment of three new executives in a move it says will help scale its channel operations. Dan Hascall, formerly with VMware, will serve as DataCore's vice president of sales for the Americas; the company said Hascall helped develop VMware's channel model. DataCore also tapped an executive most recently with Citrix. Johan Vanhaeren, who held the Benelux country manager position for Citrix, will serve as DataCore's director for the Benelux region. In addition to those two appointments, DataCore also promoted a former Citrix manager, Martin Clancy, to its CFO spot.

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