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EMC acquires Data Domain for $2.1B after NetApp drops bid

Headlines: EMC wins the six-week bidding war for data deduplication leader Data Domain after NetApp decides not to match its rival's $2.1 billion offer; plus, BlueArc challenges NetApp in the enterprise with Mercury 50, Mercury 100 NAS.

Storage channel news roundup for July 2-8, 2009

EMC acquires Data Domain for $2.1B after NetApp drops bid

EMC Corp. has won the battle for Data Domain Inc.

NetApp on Wednesday said it will not increase its bid to acquire the data deduplication backup specialist, and Data Domain's board accepted the $2.1 billion offer EMC made Monday and entered into a definitive agreement. Data Domain will pay NetApp a $57 million breakup fee under terms of their May 20 merger deal.

Read the full story on EMC's $2.1 billion acquisition of Data Domain.

BlueArc challenges NetApp in the enterprise with Mercury 50, Mercury 100 NAS

BlueArc Corp.'s first product line expansion into the enterprise is taking the form of its first midrange network-attached storage (NAS) system, called Mercury.

The first Mercury model, the Mercury 50, will be rolled out this week with a Mercury 100 model to follow. The Mercury 50 will support up to two cluster nodes, a maximum storage capacity of a petabyte, a maximum file system size of 256 TB, 700 MBps throughput and 60,000 IOPS. The Mercury 100 will also have a maximum file system size of 256 TB but scale to 2 PB.

Read the full story on BlueArc.

Compellent begins shipping solid-state drives in Storage Center SAN

Compellent Technologies Inc. on Tuesday announced that STEC Inc. solid-state drives (SSDs) are available in its Storage Center storage area network (SAN) products, either as additions to current systems or bundled with Fibre Channel (FC) drives in new systems.

The STEC 146 GB ZeusIOPS SSDs will be available starting this week through Compellent's channel partners, Compellent vice president of marketing Bruce Kornfeld said. Customers must buy a minimum of three drives -- two for data and one to use as a hot spare -- at $16,999 per drive. One hot spare is needed per SAN regardless of how many data drives are used, Kornfeld said.

Learn about the differences between flash-based and RAM-based SSD.

Users go for Simply Continuous cloud disaster recovery service with SLAs and data deduplication

A cloud disaster recovery startup that uses a combination of Data Domain Inc. data deduplication appliances and VMware Inc. virtual servers to offer application and data recovery services has already turned a few heads in the cloud storage market.

Simply Continuous, based in San Francisco, came out of stealth last November and officially launched its services in late June.

It has two offerings: Data Recovery Vault and AppAlive. Both involve the use of Data Domain's DD series appliances at the customer site, which replicate to Data Domain appliances at the Simply Continuous data center. AppAlive adds bare-metal restore of servers from virtual hot standbys stored by Simply Continuous, which can also perform the conversion of physical servers to virtual servers using VMware's vCenter Converter.

Simply Continuous charges by physical data stored, so if a user's data is deduplicated from 20 TB to 1 TB by Data Domain's appliance, that user is charged to store 1 TB in the cloud. The service also comes with recovery-time SLAs in which customers can be reimbursed if recoveries don't happen in an agreed-upon time frame.

Read our report on developing online backup and archiving services.

Symantec fleshes out data deduplication roadmap

Symantec Corp. on Tuesday laid out its data deduplication strategy, disclosing plans to integrate its PureDisk data deduplication software into its Veritas NetBackup and Backup Exec backup products and add client-side data reduction to PureDisk's capabilities.

Symantec will lay the groundwork for the full integration of PureDisk with NetBackup and Backup Exec later this year with its PureDisk 6.6, the last standalone release of the source-based dedupe product. Version 6.6 will boost the supported capacity from 8 TB to 16 TB per PureDisk server node and offer a virtual appliance option.

Symantec also made NetBackup 6.5.4 available today, with granular backup for Microsoft Hyper-V virtual servers, a new software agent for Symantec Enterprise Vault and support for virtual synthetic full backups on OpenStorage API (OST)-integrated backup target devices.

The latest NetBackup version, 6.5.4, adds support for snapshot-based granular recovery technology (GRT) options to Hyper-V backups. NetBackup already has GRT support for VMware and Microsoft Exchange.

GRT requires customer prerequisites such as disk-based backup that uses the NFS file system.

See our checklist of five questions to ask in a data deduplication project.

FalconStor teams with ImmixGroup to further reach into government accounts

Data protection vendor FalconStor announced this week a new partnership with ImmixGroup, a technology sales, government channel and contract management services company. The deal allows authorized VARs to sell FalconStor products into federal and some state government markets.

ImmixGroup will act as a distributor of FalconStor solutions and will provide access to ImmixGroup's government contract vehicles. ImmixGroup will also delivering demand generation, market intelligence, marketing, inside sales, deal structure, closing and maintenance renewal support services to authorized resellers.

You can learn more about FalconStor's government channel program at

QLogic revamps partner program

Network infrastructure vendor QLogic this week announced a new umbrella-model channel partner program, replacing its existing multi-tiered, technology-specific model. The company is also offering certification enticements to its partners.

QLogic says the new QLogic Signature Partner Program extends the Fibre Channel "guaranteed best price" model to partners in the high-performance computing (HPC), Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Ethernet markets, where the first partner who registers a deal will receive the best channel price for that deal -- regardless of the partner's program status or size. The program also includes a partner track called Signature Elite, which incents partners to lead with or cross-sell QLogic products.

In addition, for a limited time, QLogic is waiving fees on its certification program; and, partners can test out of as many as three days of certification training.

For more information on the partner program, go to

Kaseya survey: Incidence response still the dominant solution provider business model

The majority IT service providers are still in "break-fix" mode, according to a recent survey of 2,200 solution providers by IT automation vendor Kaseya. About 13% of respondents said that backup was their organization's biggest challenge, following monitoring (45.5%), security (22%) and systems administration (13.5%). To address the difficult economic climate, about 26% of respondents said they've increased their sales efforts, while 19.5% have reduced staff and 17.5% have automated IT tasks. About 42% of respondents said they expect to see lower revenues in 2009.

For more details on the survey, go to

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