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NetApp CEO: 2010 is 'the year of multiprotocol storage'; Gluster CEO on open source clustered NAS

Headlines: NetApp CEO Tom Georgens says he welcomes EMC's rekindled push of unified storage; Gluster CEO Ben Golub talks with about the data storage industry.

Storage channel news roundup for May 27 to June 2, 2010

2010 'the year of multiprotocol storage,' says NetApp's Georgens

Tom Georgens, NetApp CEO, pronounced 2010 as "the year of multiprotocol storage," saying he welcomes EMC Corp.'s rekindled push of that technology.

Since 2002, NetApp has featured block and file capabilities on its core FAS platform. At some point in the vendor's earnings call last week, Georgens highlighted the latest financial results as confirmation of unified storage's growing reputation. NetApp announced $1.17 billion in overall revenue, and its $759 million in product revenue multiplied by 50% over last year -- greatly surpassing its competitors.

Storage that solely supports either file or block will shortly turn obsolete, Georgens said.

"This will be the year of unified storage," he said. "The ability to do both block and file access will become even more important in the future. As people realize the full potential of a shared homogeneous infrastructure running multiple applications, multiprotocol capability will be a requirement."

Learn four reasons to sell network unified storage platforms.

Gluster CEO discusses open source clustered NAS storage

New to the storage industry, Ben Golub has previously worked as CEO of Plaxo (now part of Comcast) and in Verisign's higher management (which, recently, sold a security division to Symantec Corp.) prior to taking the helm as CEO of Gluster last month. Golub, with other executives from the open source clustered NAS software vendor, recently talked with about the condition of the enterprise data storage industry, developing an open source business model and upcoming deployments of the company's product. How did you end up in storage?

Golub: At Plaxo I became exposed to some of the problems that a lot of folks were facing with unstructured data, in the sense that you have millions of users sharing data like videos, photos, as well as smaller data like text messages. Plaxo was then acquired by Comcast, and as we were helping Comcast start to build out their solutions for IPTV, we began serving high-definition videos to millions of customers, and began to see that [storing these files] is a big and growing problem. You look across not just Web 2.0 and consumer media, but healthcare, oil and gas, scientific data sets, you name it, this has become a huge problem.

Read the full interview with Golub about open source clustered NAS storage.

Brocade rolls out denser 8 Gbps Fibre Channel director cards in wake of Cisco gains

Brocade Communications Systems Inc. this week launched denser 8 Gbps blades for its DCX Fibre Channel Backbone directors to increase the port count and throughput on the devices as it is faced with new pressure from Cisco Systems Inc. in storage switches.

Brocade's latest FC8-64 blade, a 64-port card, permits 512 ports per chassis for its flagship DCX director (Cisco allows 528 ports per chassis on its MDS 9500) and 256 ports on DCX-4S, its tinier backbone. At present, the eight-slot DCX features 384 ports and the four-slot DCX-4S consists of 192 ports. Every port on the new cards supports 8-Gbps bandwidth without necessitating oversubscription, claims Brocade Director of Product Marketing Bill Dunmire.

According to Dunmire, Brocade's storage OEM partners, including EMC Corp., IBM and Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co., are preparing the new cards for qualification, and he anticipates that their sale will begin late in 2010. Present DCX customers can exchange their blades for the denser blades.

Read this tip on reasons to upgrade your customers to 8 Gbps Fibre Channel.

RHED Pixel connects Drobo FS to Apple Time Machine for disk-based backup

RHED Pixel Inc., a video production firm of 10 staff members, has updated its data storage environment with the addition of disk-based backup, utilizing an integration of Data Robotics Inc.'s Drobo FS and Apple Inc.'s Time Machine backup.

The two products' integration was recently improved by each vendor, allowing Data Robotics customers to access features not natively available within the two individual products. These include the capability to adjust volume limits on Time Machine shares and execute simultaneous automated backup from several users on a network to a single Time Machine target.

Read up on tape backup vs. disk backup at customer sites.

ReliaCloud announces channel program

ReliaCloud, a national cloud computing infrastructure company, recently launched a channel program centered on its enterprise-class infrastructure-as-a-service cloud computing offering.

ReliaCloud said it has developed a series of programs that maximize the use of its Cloud Storage and Cloud Servers services offerings.

VARs can bundle ReliaCloud with their existing offerings. ReliaCloud partners receive sales and marketing support including marketing collateral, video tutorials and cooperative marketing funds, as well as direct access to an assigned channel manager.

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