Dell pulls the plug on EMC relationship

Headlines: Dell officially ended its 10-year partnership with EMC. It will no longer sell EMC products after making a series of storage acquisitions over the past four years.

Storage channel news roundup for Oct. 13 to Oct. 19, 2011

Dell pulls the plug on EMC relationship

Dell this week officially ended its 10-year partnership with EMC, saying it would no longer sell EMC products after making a series of storage acquisitions over the past four years.

Customers who purchased EMC storage from Dell will continue to receive support, Dell said in a statement, but it is ending its OEM and reseller deals for EMC Clariion, Celerra, Data Domain and VNX systems.

Read the full story on the end of Dell’s 10-year partnership with EMC.

Tintri upgrades VM storage appliance, features 

Tintri, the startup that came out of stealth with a virtual machine (VM) storage appliance for VMware environments in April, this week rolled out a larger-capacity, dual-controller system that includes VM auto-alignment and a reporting tool that identifies latency from the guest operating system through the storage.

The Tintri VM storage appliances only support storage with VMware, although Tintri executives say they expect to add support for other hypervisors. The appliances do not support physical servers.

Read the full story on startup Tintri’s upgrade of its virtual machine storage appliance.

Coraid adds cloud orchestration vendor Yunteq to its technology stable 

Today Coraid Inc. acquired cloud orchestration company Yunteq Inc. and plans to use the technology from the startup to accelerate its plans to build Ethernet storage-area networks (SANs) for public cloud storage providers.

John Gilmartin, Coraid’s vice president of corporate marketing, said the vendor will use the Yunteq software with its ATA over Ethernet (AoE)-based EtherDrive SANs beginning in the first half of 2012. The software is targeted at providers looking to build public storage clouds based on Coraid systems. Yunteq’s YunController Suite of cloud orchestration and management software provides features such as multi-tenancy, a RESTful API and policy-driven control over cloud infrastructure resources.

Read about the differences between public, private and hybrid cloud storage for VARs.

Pivot3, GreenBytes launch VDI storage systems 

Pivot3 and GreenBytes today extended their iSCSI SAN product lines with systems optimized for VDI storage.  

Pivot3 rolled out its vStac VDI appliance, which the vendor claims can handle as many as 115 virtual desktops per box. GreenBytes launched its HA-3000 iSCSI SAN appliance with inline deduplication. The appliance is designed primarily—although not solely—as storage for a virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI).

John Webster, senior partner for the Evaluator Group analyst firm, said there is a demand for these types of systems because VDI storage requirements are often different from those of the mainstream.

Read the full story in Pivot3 and GreenBytes’ launch of VDI storage systems.

Symantec expands FileStore’s dedupe, DR features

Symantec Corp. today upgraded its FileStore N8300 clustered, scale-out network attached storage (NAS) appliance that include deduplication for primary storage, metro-cluster and cascading replication and cloning of VMware images.

FileStore N8300  5.7 now can be used as a storage target in virtual machine environments, where a file-level cloning feature is used to create a golden image and users can clone that image into thousands of VMDK files, said Yogesh Agrawal, Symantec’s vice president and general manager for the FileStore Product Group. Symantec also leveraged code from Veritas Cluster File System to create a deduplication module in the FileStore appliance to reduce redundancies in the VMDK files.

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