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HP plans LeftHand virtual storage appliance for Hyper-V; Nexsan and FalconStor launch Dedupe SG 2

Headlines: Storage aspects of the extended partnership between HP and Microsoft include an HP LeftHand iSCSI SAN virtual appliance for Hyper-V, similar to HP's VMware appliance; FalconStor and Nexsan add high-availability features and support for more replication fan-in and lower the price for their Dedupe SG 2 data deduplication backup device.

Storage channel news roundup for Jan. 14-20, 2010

HP plans LeftHand iSCSI storage-area network virtual storage appliance for Microsoft Hyper-V

Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. and Microsoft Corp. say there will be storage elements and products involved in their collaboration alliance, including a new HP LeftHand iSCSI storage-area network (SAN) virtual appliance for Microsoft Hyper-V and storage management integration with System Center.

HP and Microsoft have pledged to spend $250 million for collaborative research and development, engineering, hiring salespeople and creating new incentives for channel partners. The deal was announced last week in a webcast with CEOs Mark Hurd of HP and Steve Ballmer of Microsoft, similarly to the way the CEOs of Cisco Systems Inc., EMC Corp. and VMware Corp. hailed their own Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition in November. The HP-Microsoft deal is widely seen as an answer to VCE and other recent competitive alliances.

HP and Microsoft already have product integrations on the market, including bundles for supporting server virtualization with Hyper-V, HP Insight Control for Microsoft System Center.


Read the full story on the SAN virtual appliance.


Nexsan and FalconStor gun for EMC Data Domain with Dedupe SG 2 data deduplication backup device

FalconStor Software Inc. and Nexsan Technologies Inc. are making a strong run at EMC Corp.'s industry-leading Data Domain data deduplication platform with an upgrade to the backup device they market through a partnership formed last year.

Analysts say a series of updates to Dedupe SG -- comprised of FalconStor's dedupe software and Nexsan enterprise data storage systems -- put it into closer competition with the 800-pound gorilla Data Domain.

The updates to Dedupe SG 2 will be sold through channel partners and include high-availability access to the data deduplication system, support for replication from more remote sites, policy-based data integrity checking, support for Symantec Corp.'s OST, and a higher capacity hardware appliance from Nexsan with support for 10-Gigabit Ethernet, called the DDSG-72.


Read the full story on Nexsan and Falconstor's Dedupe SG.


Quantum brings data deduplication into StorNext management software

Quantum Corp. is adding data deduplication to its StorNext data management software, giving customers the ability to reduce capacity of archived and in some cases primary data.

StorNext 4.0, which will be available next month, will deduplicate data natively in the file system. It uses the same deduplication IP as Quantum's DXi disk-backup systems, according to StorNext product manager Chris Duffy. As with the DXi platform, StorNext's deduplication will find redundant blocks of data across files and store only the unique data. StorNext 4.0 also supports replication, so customers can move deduplicated files offsite for disaster recovery (DR).

Read the full story on Quantum's StorNext management software.


BakBone adds data replication to NetVault FASTRecover continuous data protection backup software

BakBone Software Inc. upgraded its NetVault FASTRecover (NVFR) continuous data protection (CDP) data backup software to allow customers to replicate data from remote sites to a centralized file share.

NVFR 4 combines CDP IP that BakBone acquired from Asempra last year with IP from BakBone's NetVault Replicator to allow continuous point-in-time snapshots to be replicated from remote or branch offices (ROBOs) to a central data center. Customers can then use BakBone's NetVault Backup or any third-party backup tool to protect data at the data center.

Learn about the various approaches to remote data replication: hardware vs. host vs. backup.


Bocada rewrites data backup reporting app, launches Prism to focus on SLA compliance

Bocada Inc. is trying to pump new life into its data protection management platform with a new application launched this week, which focuses on monitoring the impact data protection services have on business operations and tracking service-level agreement (SLA) compliance.

Bocada Prism replaces Bocada Enterprise with a new Web-based front end, and SLA impact and policy change analysis capabilities. The underlying engine and knowledge base of known issues is based on nine years of intelligence collected with Bocada's data protection management software. Bocada claims its software has more than 250,000 clients through IBM Corp. Global Services alone.

Learn how to write an IT service-level agreement.


Pillar rolls out speedier Axiom 600 disk array

Pillar Data Systems rolled out a refresh to its Axiom 600 midrange disk array hardware this week, introducing a faster storage controller that's backward compatible with previous versions of the product.

The Series 2 storage controller (or "slammer" in Pillar parlance) for the Axiom 600 is part of the upgrade, along with support for capacity "bricks" made up of 7,200 RPM 2 TB SATA disk drives. Pillar previously supported 2 TB disk drives at 5,400 RPM.

The new controller features an AMD Opteron quad-core CPU, replacing the dual-core CPU in the Series 1 controller. This means each controller can address up to 48 GB of cache, a doubling from the previous version, and a fully configured Axiom 600 with four controller units can address up to 192 GB of cache.


Learn how to replace customers' storage arrays without downtime.


Cloud data backup management: Users see new options for cloud storage administration

Management isn't the first concern that comes to mind among many of the end users of cloud data backup. One of the reasons that companies outsource their data backups to cloud data backup service providers is to offload the burden of monitoring, maintaining and supporting the infrastructure.

Managing often starts with a Web-based graphical user interface (GUI) that provides a single-pane or dashboard view showing such information as which backups were successful, where the files are located and how much space was consumed.

Rogers Towers P.A., a Jacksonville, Fla.-based law firm employing more than 100, relies on a server-based console to manage its backups and monitor its cloud usage, which stands at about 700 GB for active data and 100 GB for archive. Based on technology from Asigra Inc., the system copies data to local drives in the office and then synchronizes with the cloud, providing disaster recovery and "piece of mind" in the hurricane-prone region, according to Kevin Rorabaugh, the law firm's IT director.

Steve Brasen, a principal analyst at Enterprise Management Associates Inc. in Boulder, Colo., said users should look at two different types of tools to manage their cloud backup or cloud storage environments. The first type provides the ability to migrate data to and from the cloud. The second set of tools monitors the cloud environment to make sure it's secure and performing correctly.

Some enterprise data storage industry analysts said they expect vendors to offer additional tools and capabilities to enable users to manage their cloud and non-cloud storage through the same console.


Learn the steps to building a cloud storage services business.


Cisco consolidates data storage services; launches data migration appliance

Cisco Systems Inc. last week released the 16-Port Storage Services Node, a new line card that supports up to four data storage services, as well as a Data Mobility Manager data migration appliance as part of a services-oriented storage-area network (SAN) strategy.

Cisco has been pushing consolidation around Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), but in this case is consolidating services in line cards used in its MDS Fibre Channel director switches.

The 16-Port Storage Services Node is a 16-port line card that plugs into MDS 9000 chasses. Supported applications include I/O Accelerator, Storage Media Encryption, Secure Erase and SAN Extension over Fibre Channel over IP (FCIP) capabilities.


Read up on data migration services.

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