Storage channel news roundup for Oct. 27 to Nov. 2, 2011
Firms see public cloud storage as tape alternative in remote sites
Some organizations are using cloud storage as a alternative to tape
The Los Angeles Unified School District’s (LAUSD) facilities division has placed TwinStrata CloudArray Virtual Appliances in 15 remote locations across the district to back up 80 TB of primary storage to the Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) cloud, said Steve Saitman, senior systems specialist for LAUSD.
Check out this comparison of public vs. private vs. hybrid cloud storage for VARs.
Backblaze backup offers unlimited storage
Version 2.0 of Backblaze backup has launched, allowing customers access to unlimited online backup for $5 a month, or $50 a year.
“Launching version two of the core service takes the unlimited online backup that we’ve offered and effectively makes it more unlimited,” said Gleb Budman, co-founder and CEO of Backblaze. “It’s all about making the core service even more unlimited and faster to get your data up and backed up so that you just don’t have to worry about it.”
Read the full story on Backblaze’s unlimited backup offering.
LSI accelerates its move into flash
LSI, which left the storage systems business this year, is going full bore into the enterprise flash business.
LSI acquired flash controller chip vendor SandForce for $322 million last Wednesday, seven months after it sold off its Engenio storage systems division to NetApp for $480 million. LSI already had an equity stake in SandForce and is one of its customers. SandForce also sells chips to OCZ, Smart Modular, Viking Technology and others.
LSI uses SandForce’s solid-state drive (SSD) chip in its server-based WarpDrive PCIe cards. When the SandForce deal closes – probably in January – LSI will have more control over that technology at a time when server-based PCIe flash will be gaining a lot of attention.
Check out this tip on using MLC flash in enterprise arrays.
Spectra Logic releases 3.6 exabyte T-Finity enterprise tape library
Spectra Logic Corporation this week released the ExaScale T-Finity enterprise tape library; a high capacity storage system the company said is capable of storing more than 3.6 exabytes of data with up to 400,000 tape slots. Spectra also introduced new management software and features that the company said will increase performance and the useful lifespan of tapes.
Spectra’s ExaScale T-Finity tape library supports LTO and IBM TS1140 tape drives. A new T-Finity complex can scale to eight libraries, with each library holding up to 40 frames. A fully loaded complex with 400,000 slots could hold 1.2 exabytes with LTO-5 drives (2:1 compression) and 3.6 exabytes with TS1140 drives (3:1 compression).
Read more on Spectra Logic’s release of the ExaScale T-Finity enterprise tape library.
Violin tunes up for Big Data analytics
Violin Memory CTO of software Jonathan Goldick sees solid state playing a key role in storage for Big Data, and he’s not talking about scale-out NAS for large data stores.
“We’re focused on the analytics end of Big Data – getting Hadoop and NoSQL into reliable infrastructures while getting them to scale out horizontally,” he said. “Scale-out NAS is a different part of the market.”
Read the full story on how Violin Memory views SSD for Big Data.
Index Engines revs its discovery appliance
Index Engines is giving its e-discovery platform a facelift with a new look and new features.
Index Engines renamed its products, bringing them all under the new Octane brand. The latest version is Octane 4, and has a re-designed GUI and compliance archive to make it easier to search and collect data.
Index Engines added a departmental archive to its policy-based information management platform to let storage administrators and legal teams capture, retain and secure litigation and compliance related files and email messages. The scalable archive can be created within the Octane 4 appliance or on another disk for long-term retention and legal collection.
Get tips on early case assessment tools for e-discovery.
Additional storage news
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