Storage channel news roundup for July 28 to Aug. 3, 2011
Quantum puts DXi Accent on dedupe backup target
Quantum Corp. last week introduced DXi Accent software
Quantum claims DXi Accent dedupes data faster by using media servers to offload some of the process. Without Accent, DXi hardware does all of the deduping. With Accent, the media server sends only changed blocks over the network to the DXi target appliances. Quantum calls this a hybrid mode, and it is similar to what EMC Data Domain does with its DD Boost software.
DXi Accent works only on Quantum’s new DXi 6701 and 6702 appliances, although Quantum intends to add support for the software on all of its DXi hardware.
DXi Accent software is loaded onto the media server, where data blocks are segmented and signatures are computed. The media server then collaborates with the DXi appliance to identify unique blocks of data.
Check out this data deduplication cheat sheet.
DataCore adds auto tiering note to SANsymphony-V storage virtualization software
DataCore Software last week added automated tiering to its SANsymphony-V storage virtualization software, giving customers the ability to dynamically move disk blocks among different pools of storage devices.
DataCore’s tiering works similarly to EMC FAST VP, Dell/Compellent Data Progression, Hewlett-Packard/3PAR Adaptive Optimization, IBM Easy Tier and Hitachi Data Systems’ Dynamic Tiering. But except for HDS, those vendors only support their own arrays for auto tiering. SANsymphony-V’s tiering works across any storage device.
DataCore launched SANsymphony-V in January, replacing SANsymphony and its SMB SANmelody storage virtualization applications. SANsymphony-V virtualizes storage across pools of heterogeneous systems, adding management features such as thin provisioning, RAID striping, asynchronous replication, snapshots and continuous data protection (CDP). The new application was designed specifically for organizations using server virtualization.
Check out this tip on the pros and cons of array-based automated tiered storage products.
VDI benchmark launched to measure storage performance, costs
Analyst firm Evaluator Group this week launched the VDI-IOmark, a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) benchmark for storage. The benchmark measures I/O performance and costs per desktop for VDI storage.
Evaluator Group senior analyst Russ Fellows said the idea for the benchmark was born about a year ago when vendors began publishing costs per desktop for their storage when used with VDI. He said those figures were not based on standard testing, and there was no way to verify the claims or compare different vendors’ offerings.
Read the full story on the launch of VDI-IOmark.
Metalogix Exchange archiving software gets mobile device support
Metalogix Software Corp. this week upgraded its Archive Manager software, adding support for mobile devices, one-stop searching for primary and archived email and improved data reduction technology. Version 5.0 of the Microsoft Exchange archiving software highlights the growing importance of managing data on mobile devices outside of the data center.
Archive Manager 5.0 adds a mobile-device optimized interface for smartphones, including Android, BlackBerry, iPhone and Symbian platforms. The mobile interface covers archived email, files and Microsoft SharePoint data.
Find out more about selling email archiving services in this tip.
Additional storage news
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