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LSI to go multiprotocol with ONStor buy; Q&A with Quantum's Belluzzo

Headlines: LSI will add ONStor's NAS to its own Fibre Channel and iSCSI block storage to develop a multiprotocol storage platform; Quantum CEO Rick Belluzzo discusses his data deduplication strategy following EMC's acquisition of Data Domain, including a new midrange NAS system and possible OEM deals.

Storage channel news roundup for July 31- Aug. 6, 2009

LSI dives into multiprotocol storage with ONStor acquisition

LSI Corp. acquired network-attached storage (NAS) vendor ONStor Inc. primarily to develop multiprotocol storage systems that handle file and block data, the head of LSI's storage team said.

Phil Bullinger, executive vice president and general manager of LSI's Engenio Storage Group, said LSI will continue to sell ONStor's NAS gateways and systems but is most interested in incorporating its file storage technology into LSI's storage systems.

Read more about LSI acquiring ONStor here.

Quantum CEO Rick Belluzzo: We'll compete with EMC in data deduplication

Quantum Corp. was left standing on the sidelines while EMC Corp. and NetApp duked it out for Data Domain, yet the outcome had tremendous impact on Quantum. As EMC's data deduplication OEM partner, Quantum's business plan changed significantly after EMC won the bidding war and paid $2.1 billion for Data Domain's deduplication platform.

In a Q&A with, Quantum CEO Rick Belluzzo said his company is ready to move on by releasing a new midrange network-attached storage (NAS) dedupe system, and reaching out to new storage OEMs and channel partners vacated by Data Domain. He also maintains Quantum is ready to take on EMC/Data Domain head to head.

Read the full Q&A with Belluzzo, and use this collection of data deduplication resources to hone your knowledge of data deduplication services.

Disaster recovery plans affected by economic downturn

The economic downturn caught many organizations in the middle of disaster recovery (DR) projects, leaving them to continue fleshing out those plans with limited resources.

Completing advanced disaster recovery and high-availability projects can be a tall order for organizations with budget restrictions. Franklin and Marshall College, a small liberal arts college located in Lancaster, Pa., has been running a Compellent Storage Center storage area network (SAN) at its main data center for about two years, and also has a single-controller secondary Storage Center at its disaster recovery site. The SAN at headquarters has 29 TB, and the one at the disaster recovery site has 15 TB.

Read the full story on how disaster recovery plans are affected by the economic downturn, and learn more about disaster recovery services opportunities.

Email archiving for SMBs: Outsourcing vs. in-house archiving

For many organizations, email is often the most mission-critical application. If end users can't get to their email messages, including previous messages, critical information can be lost.

Then there are the compliance and litigation issues surrounding email. Every business may potentially be involved in litigation, where email increasingly plays a central role. The failure to archive and find all pertinent messages can have a devastating impact on the outcome of litigation and even result in costly fines.

Learn about outsourcing vs. in-house email archiving, and get details on email archiving services opportunities for solution providers.

Data deduplication and backup and recovery: Jon Toigo's take on dedupe today

Weeks of amusement were provided early this summer to those of us watching from the sidelines as EMC Corp. and NetApp Inc. courted Data Domain. A bidding war, smallish by Wall Street mergers-and-acquisitions standards, ensued that resembled more than anything else an antiques auction. Creative minds could write a back story borrowed from old 1930s-era black and white film in which one bidder deliberately drove up the price for the other, but without any real intention of buying the goods -- the goal being to saddle the opponent with an exorbitant purchase price.

Read the full column by Jon Toigo and get advice for how VARs should react to the EMC/Data Domain deal.

CommVault rallies on deduplication, data protection for virtualized environments

Data backup vendor CommVault Systems Inc. benefited from what its CEO called a thaw in IT spending, especially on data deduplication and virtualization, to rebound from two disappointing sales quarters last quarter.

CommVault Tuesday night reported revenue of $60.2 million last quarter, up 10% year over year and 7% over the previous quarter. The revenue was also greater than financial analysts expected following two disappointing quarters from CommVault.

Check out CommVault's Partner Program Checklist.

Pillar Data Systems to distribute products through Synnex

Pillar Data Systems, a storage systems provider, recently announced a new agreement with distributor Synnex Corp. The deal calls for Synnex to distribute Pillar's Axiom line of products.

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