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Symantec adds dedupe support to Enterprise Vault; Microsoft, Iron Mountain wade into cloud

Headlines: Symantec adds dedupe support to Enterprise Vault and positions software for cloud services; plus, Microsoft and Iron Mountain offer up cloud backup service for Data Protection Manager

Storage channel news roundup for Jan. 14-20, 2009

Enterprise Vault supports data deduplication

With the shipment of Symantec Corp.'s Enterprise Vault 8 data archiving software this week, customers are able to use it with third-party data deduplication devices.

Previously, Enterprise Vault compressed files on its own and its proprietary file format didn't align with the file systems of backup hardware devices, said a company spokesperson.

The latest version separates attachments from email messages, and Enterprise Vault's compression is turned off when working with a third-party device.

Get advice for setting realistic expectations around deduplication rates to customers.

Symantec to integrate Enterprise Vault with the cloud

A Symantec Corp. executive says the company plans to offer cloud-based archiving services later this year or early in 2010.

Simon Jelley, senior director for Enterprise Vault product management, tells that the company's archiving software will be linked with the cloud through the Symantec Protection Network (SPN). SPN is Symantec's backup service to the cloud. Symantec licenses Enterprise Vault to partners offering Software as a Service (SaaS) archiving services, but hasn't attached it to its own cloud.

Symantec will first attach Enterprise Vault to SPN for data management purposes, and will hold off on adding e-discovery capabilities until large data sets can be moved and secured more easily over the Internet.

Read this tip to find out about cloud storage services options for resellers.

Microsoft adds cloud data backup to Data Protection Manager

Microsoft Corp. and Iron Mountain Digital rolled out a new cloud backup service recently for customers of Microsoft's Data Protection Manager (DPM) Service Pack 1 (SP 1), released last month with new features including granular backups for Hyper-V.

CloudRecovery for Data Protection Manager is sold by Iron Mountain, and is accessed through DPM's GUI as a checkbox for a user to select when choosing an offsite backup method (DPM also backs up to disk and tape). Iron Mountain will then collect, encrypt and transport data according to a user-selected schedule from DPM. The service is priced by capacity and retention period for the amount of storage used.

Read this report on the role solution providers are playing in cloud computing.

Dot Hill rolls out 2.5-inch SAS, SSD systems

Dot Hill Systems Corp. is launching a family of 2.5-inch RAID storage systems.

The company this week added the 2722 Fibre Channel (FC) and 2522 (SAS) arrays to its 2000 series of entry-level RAID systems. Dot Hill product manager Scott McClure says he expects the 2722 to be available next week through Dot Hill partners, with the 2522 expected in April. McClure says the systems will support solid-state drives (SSDs), perhaps in time for the launch of the 2522.

Dot Hill sells storage systems through OEM partners, including Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co., NetApp and Sun Microsystems Inc., as well as smaller integrators.

Check out this FAQ on determining the right RAID configuration for customers.

Kroll Ontrack offers quick-restore for SharePoint 2007

Kroll Ontrack Inc. is best known for recovering data from physically damaged hardware, but the company also sells Ontrack PowerControls software for restoring Microsoft Exchange files. With the release of PowerControls 5.1 this week, the tool can restore objects from native SharePoint backups to any machine without a separate recovery server.

PowerControls 5.1's ExtractWizard can run on a desktop or laptop. It uses Kroll's proprietary tool to extract the data, metadata and log files associated with an object and then restore that object to any SharePoint site. The ExtractWizard can also restore the file to non-SharePoint repositories for legal review or compliance purposes.

Learn about managing SharePoint backup in this FAQ guide from

Survey finds enterprise DR still lacking

Most enterprises consider their disaster recovery (DR) plan average or below average, and 36% of those who have a DR plan believe it is inadequate, according to a survey of 1,600 data center managers and directors.

The survey, commissioned by Symantec Corp., covered organizations with 5,000 or more employees in 21 countries in North and South America, Europe, and Asia.

Find out how to assess your customers' disaster recovery risk.

QLogic launches InfiniBand channel program

QLogic Corp. recently announced the QLogic SignatureHPC channel program for InfiniBand resellers, an extension of the company's enterprise-class Signature Partner channel program.

3PAR partners with PTC in Asia

3PAR recently announced a channel partnership with data management provider PTC Systems, which is based in Singapore. PTC will sell and support 3PAR utility storage systems to enterprise customers in Southeast Asia.

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