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Symantec hopes to quiet Backup Exec 2012 upgrade complaints; more news

News briefs: Customers unhappy with Backup Exec 2012 upgrade say they look forward to the restoration of the popular Job Monitor from previous versions; plus, more news.

Symantec hopes to quiet Backup Exec 2012 upgrade complaints

Formerly unhappy Backup Exec 2012 customers applauded Symantec Corp.'s changes to its SMB backup application following criticism of the software on user forums and social media. However, customers are still waiting for the most important alteration to show up in an anticipated service pack update.

Symantec felt the sting of a customer backlash after it changed Backup Exec's view from a job-centric interface to a server-centric interface with the release of the Backup Exec 2012 upgrade last March.

A forum on the Symantec Connect Community website devoted to the upgrade was filled with user complaints about the interface and other issues. There were also threads of unhappy users in a Spiceworks Community forum and on Twitter.

When Symantec switched CEOs from Enrique Salem to Stephen Bennett in July, executives cited fixing Backup Exec 2012 as one of the vendor's key challenges.

Continue reading the story on Symantec's efforts to quiet Backup Exec 2012 upgrade complaints.

Symantec tackles Hadoop storage, ‘big data’ analytics

Symantec this week announced an Apache Hadoop add-on capability for its Veritas Cluster File System to help run "big data" analytics on storage area networks instead of scale-out, commodity servers using local storage.

Symantec has written a Hadoop Connector for the Hortonworks Data Platform that resides on top of Veritas CFS and sits on a SAN. The goal is to give data used in Hadoop analytics such enterprise features as high availability, snapshots, deduplication and compression.

Continue reading the story on Symantec's Hadoop announcement.

EMC chases mainframe backup customers with VMAX-backed VTL

EMC Corp. last week launched the Disk Library for Mainframe (DLm) 8000, the company's first mainframe virtual tape library (VTL) that supports synchronous replication for disaster recovery and uses EMC's Symmetrix VMAX enterprise array as back-end storage.

With the DLm8000, EMC is trying to prompt its largest mainframe storage customers to move backups and archives from tape to disk. Those organizations are likely to use VMAX for their mainframe storage if they are EMC customers.

The DLm mainframe backup series is based on technology EMC acquired when it bought Bus-Tech in 2010. EMC's DLm platform consists of the DLm6000, DLm2000 and DLm1000 in addition to the DLm8000.

Read our tip on mainframe storage management.

Virident FlashMax II MLC PCIe flash card hits 2.2 TB

Virident Systems Inc. last week unveiled the second generation of its FlashMax solid-state storage server PCIe cards, which more than double the capacity of its multi-level cell (MLC) NAND device.

Shiva Shankar, Virident's director of product marketing, said the PCI Express (PCIe) Virident FlashMax II series announced last week includes models with both MLC and single level cell (SLC) flash. But going forward, the card series will focus on NAND MLC flash storage for its cost benefits, he said.

Read the full story on the Virident FlashMax II.

TwinStrata CloudArray moves inside the cloud for DR

TwinStrata Inc. last week said it's making available its Cloud Array cloud storage gateway as a virtual appliance inside the cloud to facilitate disaster recovery for users, who won't have to set up a second site.

TwinStrata began selling its CloudArray iSCSI cloud storage gateway in 2010, allowing customers to cache frequently accessed data on premises and send other data to the cloud. The new in-cloud option lets TwinStrata CloudArray customers add a virtual array inside a number of public clouds.

Read up on cloud storage gateways.

Nimble builds hybrid solid-state storage to scale

Nimble Storage last week adopted a scale-out architecture for its hybrid solid-state drive (SSD) iSCSI SAN arrays, adding a performance platform and a series of expansion shelves to grow capacity.

The CS400 series of arrays and ES expansion shelves are the key hardware pieces of what Nimble calls a "scale to fit" architecture. The new Nimble OS 2.0 enables scale-out clustering with any of the vendor's storage products.

Read the full story on Nimble's CS400 series of arrays and ES expansion shelves.

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