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F5 snatches up file virtualization IP from Attune; SMBs jumping on online backup bandwagon

Headlines: F5 snatches up file virtualization IP from Attune; SMBs jumping on online backup bandwagon

Storage channel news roundup for Feb. 5-10, 2009

F5 picks up pieces of file virtualization player Attune

F5 Networks Inc. quietly scooped up the intellectual property of privately held file virtualization rival Attune Networks last month, F5 executives told

Attune put its IP up for sale in December after deciding to close its doors because of lack of funds. Attune had fewer than 100 customers for its Maestro File Manager products that focused on virtualizing Windows NAS systems, according to sources close to the company.

F5 purchased more than 20 issued and pending patents for file virtualization technology and source code from Attune, F5 VP of data system architecture Rick Gillett said.

Analysts are predicting more consolidation in the storage industry in this down economy, as small players go under or see their valuation lowered and bigger vendors take advantage of the climate to invest. .

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SMBs go for Symantec's online backup

As expected, SMBs are among the early adopters of Software as a Service (SaaS) backup offerings launched last year by Symantec Corp.

While Symantec Online Backup group product manager Darren Miller said companies are storing "well over 500 GB" of data on the Symantec Protection Network (SPN), there are other businesses backing up 20 GB or less on SPN..

Stratis Business Systems in Boca Raton, Fla. used Backup Exec for years before switching to SPN about eight months ago. VP of systems implementation Justin Jugs said Stratis made the switch because, "Frankly, we don't want to spend time on our backups anymore."

Read the full story on SaaS backup offerings here.

Localization services firm goes thick to thin with FalconStor

Localization services firm Lionbridge Technologies Inc. first turned to FalconStor Software Inc.'s IPStor as a way to add inexpensive storage to its SAN. Now the company finds that its thin provisioning and Microsoft Corp. Hyper-V support are key pieces to managing its data spread across the globe.

Waltham, Mass.-based Lionbridge has 4,600 employees across 25 countries. Its SAN consists of approximately 100 TB on a mix of Hitachi Data Systems AMS1000 and Sun Microsystems Inc. StorageTek 6140 Fibre Channel (FC) systems. In addition, it runs FalconStor's IPStor Network Storage Server (NSS) software on Dell Inc. PowerEdge servers to serve up iSCSI storage.

Read the full Lionbridge story.

IBM adds dedupe, DB2 integration to TSM

IBM Corp. today rolled out Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) 6, adding integration with the DB2 database, sub-file level data deduplication on TSM storage pools, and automated image-level backups of VMware virtual machines to the backup software application.

IBM improved the performance and scalability of TSM 6 by using DB2 instead of a proprietary relational database to track objects in its catalog. The new database can hold up to one billion objects in a single system. And customers of TSM 6 Extended Edition will get sub-file post-process data deduplication on TSM storage pools free of charge.

In the area of virtual machine backup, TSM 5.5 worked with VMware's Consolidated Backup (VCB) image-level backups, but required customers to do scripting themselves. The new version automates the process within the GUI. Host-level Hyper-V support is planned for subsequent releases, according to TSM architect Jim Smith, but this release includes item-level Exchange and Active Directory restores. Better integration with NetApp filers offloads indexing of changed blocks to the filers themselves rather than requiring the TSM server to do the indexing.

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EMC gaining ground in data deduplication

With one technology it picked up in an acquisition and another that it got through an OEM deal, EMC Corp. is making a big push into the data deduplication game.

Read about how a regional bank and a national cable television network turned to EMC for dedupe to improve data backups after evaluating products from other leading dedupe vendors.

See the full EMC deduplication story here.

EMC looks to entice partners with Iomega tie-in

EMC this week announced a deal for Velocity partners in connection with Iomega's SMB-centric StorCenter ix2 and the Iomega StorCenter Pro ix4 network attached storage (NAS) systems. Partners selling those Iomega systems will receive revenue credit toward their Velocity program requirements, plus a 5% quarterly rebate.

Willem Hendrickx, head of Global Channel Operations, EMC, said, "The program [enhances] Velocity partners' profitability in two ways: rebates that put money back into partner's pockets, and revenue credit towards Velocity revenue requirements that can help partners more quickly achieve a higher tier with more benefits."

Asempra supports longer retention, new appliance

Windows backup and recovery specialist Asempra Inc. launched version 3.0 of its Business Continuity Server (BCS) this week, adding improved data deduplication to increase retention periods, greater support for Microsoft SQL databases, and a new appliance model.

BCS combines failover with continuous data protection (CDP) and virtualizes the data in the CDP repository so that the application server can be up and running on the BCS appliance before all the data is restored. Asempra claims that BCS can restore an instance of Exchange or SQL accessible to end users within seconds of failure, and individual data can be brought back as needed while the system restores the full database.

Asempra CEO Gary Gysin said the latest BCS version has been given a performance boost thanks to newly tuned algorithms and improved data compression.

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Insight Investments launches replication and recovery business

Insight Investments, an IT leasing and services company based in Orange, Calif., recently announced its new replication and recovery services division. Focusing on midsized companies, the Insight Recall division plans to store each customer's data on a dedicated NetApp storage device. In the case of catastrophic data loss or a system failure, the storage device is physically transferred from Insight Recall's data center to the customer site. The company said that a typical 200-employee customer with 20 TB of storage could pay as little as $2,000 a month in service fees.

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