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Licensing problems as Apple halts ZFS development; EMC lays out data archiving and ediscovery plans

Headlines: A post on an Open Solaris mailing list by a Sun executive indicates licensing issues are behind the discontinuation of a ZFS development project by Apple; File and SharePoint archiving for the SourceOne product line is still waiting in the wings, while EMC positions the Kazeon acquisition to take on Autonomy in ediscovery.

Signs point to licensing problems as Apple discontinues ZFS development

The notion of Apple Inc. including Sun Microsystems Inc.'s Zettabyte File System (ZFS) in Mac OS X appears dead, a likely victim of complications from lawsuits over ZFS and Oracle Corp.'s planned acquisition of Sun.

Sun and Apple reportedly began working together to port ZFS to Mac OS in 2006, and speculation was rampant by mid-2008 that ZFS would replace Apple's HFS+ as the default file system for Mac OS X. A promotional page for OS X "Snow Leopard" that appeared in June 2008 included information about ZFS, saying it was "for business-critical server deployments" of the operating system. (That page is no longer available on Apple's website although blogs made screen captures at the time of last year's announcement).

Apple did not include ZFS when it released "Snow Leopard" in August. An open-source project on Mac OS Forge remained standing, but that's now gone, too. A message appeared on Mac OS Forge Friday saying, "The ZFS project has been discontinued. The mailing list and repository will also be removed shortly."

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EMC lays out data archiving and ediscovery plans

Still revamping its content management and archiving (CMA) division to try to become a leader in ediscovery, EMC Corp. experienced a decline in sales for that group last quarter and analysts said it is late to market with important features.

EMC is looking for its September acquisition of ediscovery software vendor Kazeon to give its SourceOne platform a boost. Whitney Tidmarsh, chief marketing officer for EMC's CMA division, said EMC's goal is to put together an ediscovery suite that can take on Autonomy Corp., but the CMA division has been among the weaker parts of EMC, this past quarter posting a year-over-year revenue decline of 6%.

Analysts said the SourceOne family lags behind competitors in support of content types other than email, such as SharePoint and file shares. Tidmarsh said EMC's roadmap calls for support of those content types next year.

But Wikibon analyst David Vellante said that's well behind the rest of the market.

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Veeam integrates with VMware vStorage APIs in Backup and Replication 4

Veeam Inc. is the latest data backup and recovery vendor to roll out support for VMware Inc.'s vStorage API for Data Protection, adding it to its Backup and Replication 4 software released this week. One beta tester said he's seen a significant increase in backup performance thanks to this new integration.

Veeam Backup and Replication 4 supports vStorage's new data backup capabilities, and also supports backing up vSphere's new thin-provisioned disks.

With vSphere 4, VMware eliminates the need for using VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB). Now VMware backups can go directly from networked storage systems without having to pull data over a proxy server.

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Survey: Business growth, not compliance, drives enterprise data storage expansion

Business growth is a far greater driver of expanded enterprise data storage demands than government regulations for keeping data, according to a survey conducted by AFCOM, a trade association of data center professionals. The survey also revealed few cloud computing implementations despite high industry buzz.

Of the 436 data center professionals surveyed, 77.5% said business growth is driving increased storage requirements, and only 8.3% indicated government regulations drove increased storage capacity.

Eighty-three percent of the survey respondents were U.S.-based, and 20% were responsible for a budget of $10 million or more.

See our fall 2009 report on storage buyers' purchasing intentions.

Double-Take replication software solves remote-office data backup headache for Lennox International

A heating, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment manufacturer with more than 160 locations worldwide solved daily data backup failures and made file restores quicker by replicating data to a centralized server at headquarters.

Dallas-based Lennox International issues its large remote offices a standard Windows server, which IT manager Drew Duke said in the past also included a direct-attached tape drive and either CA Inc. ARCserve or EMC Corp.'s NetWorker data backup software.

Unfortunately, executing nightly tape-based backups at these remote locations was easier said than done. "We'd get calls for a file restore, and then come to find out that though the software depended on [staff] switching out tapes every night, they hadn't even opened the package of tapes," Duke said. It was also difficult with a small IT staff for the company to go to each remote location to make sure the backup was configured properly.

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IBM unveils new flagship storage system, DS8700

IBM's new flagship storage system, the DS8700, shipped last Friday with a substantial performance boost over previous systems products in the DS8000 platform.

The DS8700 sits at the high end of the DS8000 family, while IBM will continue to sell its DS8300 and DS8100 systems, and it competes with EMC Corp.'s Symmetrix DMX-4 and V-Max and Hitachi Data System's UPS-V (also sold by Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems) as enterprise systems with mainframe connectivity.

The DS8700 is built on IBM's Power6 processors and has a new I/O topology. IBM claims the upgrades give it a 150% performance boost over the DS8300. Previous systems in the DS8000 line used IBM Power5+ processors, and a proprietary RIO-6 loop for connecting to internal servers.

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Asigra expands partner program with new level

Asigra Inc., a cloud backup and recovery software provider, recently announced the expansion of its Hybrid Partner Program. Asigra's channel offerings now include the 3D Hybrid Partner level. The program also includes a new pro-rata partner incentive structure based on pro-rata contribution that allows partners of any size to receive the same margins and benefits, to level the playing field between large and small partners.

ConnectWise releases new version of the ConnectWise Network 

ConnectWise, a professional service automation (PSA) applications provider, recently announced ConnectWise Network 2.0, the newest version of its partner portal.

The company said the ConnectWise Network 2.0 platform acts as a matchmaking tool for solution providers to find other network members in different areas or with different skill sets. ConnectWise Network 2.0 has many new features, such as detailed profiles with certifications, training, company logos, photos, and rates for full service or break/fix work.

LSI and Super Micro intro 6 Gbps SAS hardware for the channel

LSI Corp. this week announced a deal with Super Micro Computer Inc. to enable end-to-end 6 Gbps SAS solutions for channel customers. Combining LSITM 6 Gbps SAS silicon and MegaRAID technology with Super Micro's 6 G bps SAS Server Building Block Solutions and Seagate 6 Gbps SAS drives, these hardware enables direct-attached storage topologies for large cluster and data center environments. The company the technology enables system architects to design systems using end-to-end LSI 6 Gbps SAS technology from the server to the drive. The Super Micro SC216 and SC936 server storage chassis, each powered by an LSI 6Gb/s SAS expander, support as many as 24 2.5-inch or 16 3.5-inch 6 Gbps SAS Seagate Savvio drives.

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