Storage channel news roundup for April 28 to May 4, 2011
Symantec improves virtual machine backup in Backup Exec 2010
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Symantec Corp.
Also at its Symantec Vision user show, the vendor emphasized its ability to handle virtual environments across its product lines and said it plans to beef up storage management with a new application called Veritas Operations Manager Advanced.
With Backup Exec 2010 R3, Symantec optimized the way the application uses data deduplication to back up virtual machines. Users no longer have to put agents on each guest machine to get dedupe across all virtual machines. Symantec also made its Backup Exec Management Plug-in for VMware part of its standard agent, allowing it to be managed through vCenter. Backup Exec 2010 R3 also includes a full SSL security layer between agents and Backup Exec servers, and integration of Backup Exec and Symantec’s Enterprise Vault data archiving application.
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Acronis Backup & Recovery adds file backup, virtual machine protection
Image-based recovery specialist Acronis Inc. extended its file backup and virtual machine protection capabilities, and enhanced its cloud backup offering this week with the launch of Acronis Backup & Recovery 11.
By adding core data backup features to the bare-metal restore application, Acronis is trying to appeal to small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) by putting backup and disaster recovery (DR) in one application.
Backup & Recovery 11 adds the ability to catalog and search for specific files across tape, disk or the cloud as well as simultaneously back up virtual VMware ESX and Microsoft Hyper-V virtual machines. It also uses a single agent for ESX hosts, supports Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) for Hyper-V, and backs up virtual machines directly to storage without going over the network.
Check out this tip on virtual machine-based disaster recovery.
Iomega’s PX Series SMB NAS devices support SSDs, 3 TB drives
EMC Corp.’s Iomega this week launched its StorCenter PX Series of network-attached storage (NAS) devices for small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with solid-state drive (SSD) support, user-swappable 3 TB drives and dual-core processors.
The PX Series will be sold as either empty four-bay or six-bay desktop models, or a four-bay rackmount enclosure. The NAS devices support hot-swappable 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch SATA II 7,200 RPM drives with up to 3 TB of capacity per drive.
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TwinStrata expands cloud storage gateway hardware, software
TwinStrata upgraded its CloudArray iSCSI cloud storage gateway, adding a high- availability appliance plus one that supports solid state drives (SSDs) while upgrading the software with enhanced data management and security features.
Like products from Nasuni, StorSimple, and Panzura, the TwinStrata appliances let customers store data locally and send it off to service providers in a hybrid cloud storage setup. TwinStrata supports public storage cloud providers AT&T Synaptic Storage as a Service, Amazon S3, and EMC Atmos. CloudArray also supports private storage cloud platforms from Mezeo Software and Scality.
With its support of block storage through native iSCSI, and an offering of hardware and software virtual appliance implementations, TwinStrata is unlike its competitors. Nasuni is the other vendor that sells its product as a virtual appliance, but it does not sell hardware appliances and is NAS based for file storage. TwinStrata’s lone block storage gateway competitor, Cirtas, pulled its products from the market three weeks ago.
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