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IBM to replicate data for disaster recovery; Managing enterprise data storage more efficiently

Headlines: IBM ProtectTier data deduplication customers can now replicate deduplicated data across the WAN to remote sites for disaster recovery- a feature commonly found in other deduplication devices; Storage managers must learn to improve storage efficiency though smarter spending, while taking steps to reduce operating expenditures during budget crunches.

Storage channel news roundup for July 23-30, 2009

IBM lets ProtectTier data deduplication appliances replicate data for disaster recovery

IBM Corp. is adding native replication for disaster recovery to its ProtectTier data deduplication devices that it acquired by buying Diligent Technologies last year.

IBM has cited replication as a key priority since acquiring Diligent, but first added the ability to cluster nodes and then made ProtectTier available in appliances as well as its original version as a gateway in front of IBM storage.

Continue reading about data replication for disaster recovery.

Managing enterprise data storage more efficiently: Part 1

The last 18 months have seen tremendous change across the business world as the global economy has tumbled into recession. As companies tighten their belts, enterprise data storage teams are learning to manage their IT budgets more efficiently. IT staff cuts and delaying planned purchases, while handling ongoing data growth, are some of the issues storage managers must deal with.

Among the measures storage managers are using to cope with IT budget cuts are refining proven techniques such as tiered storage, turning to relatively new technologies like data deduplication and reducing operating expenses by finding more efficient ways to manage storage.

Read more about how to manage data storage efficiently.

Managing enterprise data storage more efficiently, Part 2: Reclaim storage and consolidate data

To reclaim storage and consolidate the amount of data in their firms, enterprise data storage administrators are increasingly turning to technology tricks they can apply to get the most out of their storage arrays. Using techniques such as tiered storage, data deduplication, space-efficient snapshots, thin provisioning and wide striping, solid-state drives (SSDs) and energy efficiency, they can store as much data as possible in the smallest and least-expensive amount of space.

Read the rest of Part 2 on how to manage data storage efficiently.

Managing enterprise data storage more efficiently, Part 3: Reduce operating expenses using technology

While capital purchases are clearly the most sensitive area for organizations with slashed IT budgets, operating expenses are also under pressure. Data centers face serious staffing shortages, and administrators say they're being asked to bridge the gap between capital budget cuts and the need to improve services by working harder and smarter rather than with new software or hardware. To accomplish this, enterprise data storage managers are using capacity planning, writing scripts to automate storage, outsourcing and taking a long-term view on efficiency.

Chris Cummings, senior director, data protection solutions at NetApp, said he's seen this pattern of behavior. "At the beginning of [2008], the thing on everyone's mind was power and cooling with oil nearing $200 a barrel," he said. "After September, those conversations tapered off -- operational expenses were still important, but acquisition costs became paramount."

Read the rest of Part 2 on how to manage data storage efficiently.

IBM sells Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) gear from Brocade, Cisco

IBM today increased its support of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) by agreeing to sell FCoE switches and adapters from Brocade Communications Systems Inc. and Cisco Systems Inc.

IBM is re-branding the Brocade 8000 FCoE switch as the IBM Converged Switch B32 and the 1010 and 1020 Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) Brocade launched in April as the 10Gb CNA for IBM System x. The rebranded products are available today.

Read more about IBM selling Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) gear from Brocade, Cisco.

Enterprise data storage configuration tools: Trends and best practices

Here's the good news for enterprise storage pros: Data storage configuration no longer demands arduous manual labor and the meticulous maintenance of spreadsheets to track capacity usage for those willing to trust a growing list of available tools.

Storage configuration continues to get easier, as vendors simplify the graphical user interface (GUI) and the wizards of the built-in element or device managers that most IT organizations use for the initial storage provisioning of their storage arrays and switches.

Continue reading about trends in enterprise data storage configuration tools.

Encryption key management: New standards on the horizon

Encryption is not only increasingly desirable, it is often mandatory. But while encryption is proliferating, the means for tracking and managing the keys that make encryption schemes workable has not kept up. Typically, said Jon Oltsik, an analyst at Enterprise Strategy Group, companies usually start encryption with tasks such as tape backups. Initially, they may only have a handful of encryption keys to worry about. But when organizations get more sophisticated and start to encrypt individual disk drives and tapes, the task can become daunting. "At that point, most users start to look for a central management system because the thought of managing all those keys is too much," he said.

Continue reading about new standards for encryption key management.

C2C tailors email archiving for SMBs, cloud disaster recovery with Archive One

C2C is bringing out a version of its Archive One email archiving and compliance product for SMBs and adding the ability to use the cloud for disaster recovery.

Archive One Express brings most of the features of C2C's flagship Archive One Enterprise product to smaller organizations, and Archive One CloudDR will let users connect to cloud services through the Internet. Both products will go into beta testing next month.

Read here to learn more about email archiving services.

Disaster recovery methods for virtual servers

Different companies require different disaster recovery methods for their virtual servers. Depending on the hypervisor in use, IT infrastructure in place, and expected recovery time objective (RTO) and recovery point objective (RPO), companies choose to protect their virtual servers using traditional backup and recovery methods, synchronous or asynchronous replication, or continuous data protection.

Small- to midsized businesses (SMBs) with a small number of virtual servers frequently back up their virtual machines (VMs) and restore them in the disaster recovery site in case of a disaster. Because the restore can be done on almost any hardware that runs the hypervisor software, hardware requirements for restoring physical servers are not an issue.

Learn how to develop a backup data reduction strategy for customers.

Dell, Samsung ship encrypted solid-state drives (SSDs) on corporate laptops

Dell Inc., along with partners Samsung Semiconductor and Wave Systems Corp., has begun shipping factory-installed self-encrypting multi-level cell (MLC) solid-state drives (SSDs) in its laptop, desktop and notebook workstation devices. The drives can be managed remotely and centrally by an enterprise IT administrator.

Learn more about solid state drives (SSDs).

Cowboy museum ropes tiered online data backup from CoreVault

Like other small IT organizations, the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum looked to an online data backup service provider when it wanted to rid itself of the logistical hassle of backing up to tape. The service it chose from Oklahoma's CoreVault is also helping the business cope with data growth more affordably with tiered storage options for backup data.

The cowboy museum, located in Oklahoma City, OK, gets approximately 200,000 visitors per year to its 220,000 square feet of exhibits, according to Susan Adams, assistant director of development. One of the organization's two IT people, IT director Sharon Kaster, had been manually managing tape backups using Symantec Corp. Backup Exec and a tape library, and storing tapes offsite at her home.

Read more about the museum's online data backup.

EMC completes acquisition of Data Domain; fate of data deduplication partner Quantum unknown

EMC Corp. reported a slight increase in revenue last quarter and offered an optimistic outlook for the rest of the year as it completed the $2.1 billion acquisition of data deduplication specialist Data Domain Inc.

Meanwhile, the fate of EMC's current data deduplication partner, Quantum Corp., remains unclear after EMC executives avoided mentioning the firm during today's earnings call.

Read more about the Data Domain acquisition.

Open-source data backup options for your data center

Your data center's backup needs might be able to be met by an open-source backup software package, possibly saving you quite a bit of money and giving you greater control over its functionality.

While open-source data backup software has become quite popular in some companies, if you are familiar with the likes of EMC Corp. NetWorker, IBM Corp. Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) and Symantec Corp. Veritas NetBackup, you will find many things that your commercial package does that an open-source package cannot do, but you really should not be comparing them on a feature-by-feature basis. You should be looking at what you truly need, and seeing if these packages can meet those needs.

Continue here to read more about open-source data backup options.

Cranel Imaging chooses ProStor InfiniVault

ProStor Systems, a removable disk storage systems provider, announced Cranel Imaging selected ProStor InfiniVault as its integrated storage system for document management archiving and long-term data retention. ProStor InfiniVault automates business rules associated with corporate policies, government regulations, and legal requirements regarding data retention and management, authenticity, accessibility, and confidentiality. A user may customize its implementation to meet their company's business rules and legal compliance needs.

Alliance Storage Technologies secures future of Plasmon UDO Technology

Alliance Storage Technologies Inc. has owned and manufactured Plasmon brand technologies since January 2009. This week, it announced programs and operational capabilities that enable it to address the market need for long-term archival storage with professional Ultra Density Optical solutions. Since acquiring Plasmon intellectual property and assets, ASTI has re-established the manufacturing of the UDO Drives, Archive Appliance and G-Series Library systems.

Axios Systems signs reseller partnership agreement with CotTechs

Axios Systems, a strategic IT Service Management (ITSM) solutions provider, signed a partnership agreement with Cortechs Inc, in which CorTechs will act as a solution provider reselling Axios' ITSM solution in North America.

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