Tucci: EMC-Dell strategic partnership has 'cooled off'; Dataglobal merges SRM, ECM

Headlines: EMC CEO Joe Tucci says EMC-Dell strategic partnership has been damaged by Dell's courtship of 3PAR Inc.; seeks new 'meaningful' and 'lasting' commitment from Dell.

Storage channel news roundup for Oct. 14-20, 2010

EMC-Dell strategic partnership has 'cooled off,' says EMC's Tucci

EMC Corp. CEO Joe Tucci this week said he doesn't expect Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co.'s $2.35 billion acquisition of 3PAR to change the competitive balance much, but admitted that Dell's courtship of 3PAR had a negative effect on the EMC-Dell strategic partnership.

HP outbid Dell to acquire storage systems vendor 3PAR Inc. last month. Dell sells EMC Clariion SAN, Celerra NAS and Data Domain backup systems, but would have become more of a competitor to EMC than a partner if it won the battle for 3PAR. On EMC's quarterly earnings conference call this week, Tucci said he's not sure if the EMC-Dell partnership can be repaired.

Read the full story on the EMC-Dell strategic partnership.

Dataglobal merges storage resource management, enterprise content management

German-based dataglobal GmbH moved into the U.S. market last week, launching the dg suite of storage resource management (SRM) and enterprise content management (ECM) applications it claims will enable a universal content data repository.

The dg suite is an integration of dataglobal's original SRM tools and the Unified Archive platform the vendor acquired in May when it bought inboxx GmbH from GFT Technologies AG. Dataglobal previously sold inboxx software under an OEM agreement. The dg suite discovers and catalogs storage devices, indexes and classifies data, and automates policy-driven actions.

Dataglobal's management platform can scan, classify, migrate and archive unstructured data. Inboxx software supports Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint and Dynamics enterprise resource planning (ERP) system, along with Lotus Domino, Novell GroupWise, instant messaging and call center data in a dg hyperarchive module.

Read more about the Dataglobal dg suite.

ExaGrid EX10000E data deduplication appliances shrink home warranty firm's backup window

When looking for a faster, more efficient data backup system, Cross Country Home Services selected ExaGrid Systems EX10000E data deduplication appliances over EMC Corp.'s Data Domain because of its post-processing deduplication method, according to senior manager of network, systems and telecom Chuck Matulik.

Matulik said the main goal for switching from tape to disk this year was to reduce his backup windows. Mission accomplished: He said Cross Country cut the time it takes to back up its production Oracle database from approximately 12 hours to four.

"We run an Oracle database that is close to 1 TB," he said. "To write that to tape used to take 12 hours, so if we started at 9:00 at night, it would still be writing at 9:00 in the morning. We are a 24/7 shop. Now we back up in about four hours. D2D [disk-to-disk backup] is just so much better."

Learn more about data deduplication in this expert video.

Vblock infrastructure can endure threats, says Europe's first customer

Europe's first VMware/Cisco/EMC Vblock infrastructure customer is confident the bundled server/storage/network product will endure threats from other vendors attempting to undercut it with deals on individual components.

Ed Dixon, head of enterprise services at application hosting provider Cobweb Solutions, recently installed a Vblock 1 bundle in a £1.5 million project, which has powered the company's cloud service offering and is projected to save £200,000 or more a year in power and space costs.

Vblocks are bundled virtual machine, server and storage packages marketed by the Virtual Computing Environment Coalition, which comprises VMware, Cisco and EMC. Vblock bundles come as Vblock 0 (300 to 800 VMs), Vblock 1 (800 to 3,000 VMs) and Vblock 2 (3,000 to 6,000-plus VMs) and are made up of Cisco UCS servers, Cisco Nexus and MDS fabric switches; and EMC Clariion or Symmetrix storage arrays.

Read the full story on Europe's first Vblock infrastructure customer.

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