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Outsourced storage on the rise: News in brief

More customers flock to storage services; Cisco talks server strategy.

IT channel news in brief for June 12, 2009

More customers rely on outsourced storage

Reliance on outsourced storage services on the rise, according to a recent Storage magazine Purchasing Intentions survey.

Of some 800 storage buyers surveyed, 21% use outsourced or online backup services now, versus 14% just last fall, according to

And while there are a number of ways a storage solution provider can move to a cloud-based storage service offering, once it gets there, it's often using a common set of tools and the same infrastructure model. Whether a managed service provider (MSP) started offering online backup and archiving using home-grown tools or waited to wade into the market until it found the right commercial products from the likes of Vembu or Asigra, the MSPs surveyed all described the same basic model: Their target customers are SMBs with a limited amount of data to back up and archive. A colocation data center is much more feasible than an SMB's own data center, and customer data is protected with stringent methods to prevent or mitigate data loss.

Impact of Cisco's data center server on VARs

John Growdon, director of Cisco Systems Inc.'s Go-To-Market Worldwide Channels, told that even before Cisco's data center move, the company had competed with partners like Hewlett-Packard. And, since Cisco wants VARs with server (as opposed to router) expertise for the new offering, it expects those partners to work with rival hardware vendors, Growdon said.

Palm taps former Apple exec as CEO

Today, Jon Rubinstein assumes his new role as chairman and CEO of Palm Inc., replacing Ed Colligan who stepped down after 16 years. Rubinstein, who joined Palm as executive chairman in October 2007, spent several years at Apple where he led on the iMac and iPod hardware engineering teams.

Palm is betting that its new Pre cell phone will recapture the company's glory days when it led the PDA pack with the Palm Pilot.

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