Storage channel news roundup for June 9 to June 15, 2011
NetApp, HDS launch bundles to put storage in the cloud
NetApp this week updated its storage resource management (SRM) software with virtualization and automation capabilities and expanded its cloud partner ecosystem, while HDS launched two bundles consisting of Hitachi compute and storage along with Microsoft applications.
The launches come as vendors continue to position their storage products as cloud-friendly while trying to clear up confusion over what makes a storage product “cloudy.”
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Dell data storage plans pique customer interest
Dell data storage customers -- including those from newly acquired Compellent -- said they are interested in the primary data reduction features the vendor is adding as well as ways to integrate management of Compellent and EqualLogic storage systems. But they're taking a wait-and-see approach to the big plans Dell is talking up for its data storage.
“We’re the hottest new storage company out there,” CEO Michael Dell pronounced at the Dell Storage Forum last week. It was the first wide-scale storage user show for Dell, which also added scalable NAS technology from Exanet and primary data reduction from Ocarina in 2010. Its first major step into developing its own storage came with the acquisition of iSCSI SAN vendor EqualLogic in 2008.
Dell announced the addition of Exanet scalable NAS to EqualLogic iSCSI storage at the show. It also repeated its plans to extend the Exanet technology to Compellent and to add Ocarina compression and deduplication across its storage platforms.
Read more on Dell’s data storage plans and customer interest.
SolarWinds Storage Manager: SRM for virtual server infrastructures
SolarWinds last week unveiled its Storage Manager software designed for monitoring, reporting and end-to-end mapping of virtualized servers and the connected shared-storage infrastructure.
Storage Manager is based on the Tek-Tools technology that SolarWinds gained when it acquired the company in February 2010 for $42 million. SolarWinds has combined Tek-Tools’ Storage Profiler and Virtual and Server Profiler into Storage Manager to provide storage resource management (SRM) and visibility into the performance of storage and virtualized server infrastructures, said Brian Radovich, product manager for SolarWinds Storage Manager.
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Asigra and MSPexcellence launch cloud backup business acceleration program for MSPs
Asigra Inc. and MSPexcellence announced a joint cloud backup business acceleration initiative that allows MSPs and hosting providers to implement a managed cloud backup services business based on Asigra technology. The Cloud Backup Business Acceleration Program is based on The MSPexcellence Playbook, which includes a cloud backup migration strategy, go-to-market strategies and business building tools. The Playbook provides partners with sales and marketing worksheets, checklists and templates.
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