EMC chases mainframe tape market with Disk Library upgrade

Headlines: EMC, looking to convert mainframe tape users to disk, ugrades its Disk Library for mainframes (DLm) platform.

Storage channel news roundup for Aug. 4 to Aug. 10, 2011

EMC chases mainframe tape market with Disk Library upgrade 

EMC Corp., looking to convert mainframe tape shops to disk, this week upgraded its Disk Library for mainframes (DLm) platform. EMC upgraded the DLm6000 mainframe virtual tape library (VTL), offering it with the vendor’s VNX7500 unified storage and Data Domain DD890 data deduplication system as a target for backups, archiving, data migration and batch processing.

The DLm6000 is EMC’s third generation of the product, but the first since it acquired partner Bus-Tech last November. EMC sold previous generations of the product through an OEM deal with Bus-Tech.

Read the full story on EMC’s upgrade of its DLm platform.

Does Brocade slump mean a drop in storage sales? 

Brocade last Friday said its earnings last quarter fell short of its forecast, leading to questions about whether this is a sign of an overall slump in storage sales. Brocade is the market leader and one of two major vendors of Fibre Channel (FC) SAN switches (Cisco is the other FC switch vendor), and FC switches are a staple of SAN implementations.

Brocade’s preliminary results call for revenue of about $333 million to $336 million in storage gear revenue, which is a five percent to six percent year-over-year decline instead of the three percent to five percent increase the vendor originally projected. The new figures also represent a drop of 14 percent to 15 percent from the previous quarter. Brocade’s FC sales usually decline no more than two percent for the quarter ending in July. Brocade’s Ethernet sales also missed expectation although they will still be up at least 12% from last year.

Read this tutorial on the two types of FC switching equipment.

Fusion-io picks up SSD caching startup IO Turbine 

Fusion-io just completed its first quarter as a public company, and already its acting like a grown-up vendor. The PCI-based solid state storage vendor last week acquired caching software startup IO Turbine for around $95 million.

The deal comes as competition heats up for Fusion-io from other flash vendors. STEC last week brought out its first Kronos PCIe SSD card as well as its EnhanceIO SSD Cache Software. And OCZ Technology Group Wednesday upgraded its Z-Drive PCIe SSD card.

Check out this tip on PCIe SSD pros and cons and use cases.

CTERA Networks joins EMC Atmos Velocity partner program

CTERA Networks last week integrated its CTERA service management portal for hybrid cloud storage and data protection with EMC Atmos, which lets customers use EMC Atmos as the cloud storage infrastructure for CTERA’s Cloud Attached Storage gateways. CTERA has also joined the EMC Velocity Partner Program.

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