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EMC to add midrange storage array as sales rise; Dell-Ocarina deal could change primary data storage

Headlines: EMC execs say they saw more IT spending last quarter and will also add a new midrange storage array platform next year.

Storage channel news roundup for July 21 to July 28, 2010


EMC to add new midrange storage array as sales rise

EMC Corp. executives say they saw more IT spending last quarter. Since the vendor had better-than-expected revenue, it raised its forecast for the year. Executives also said they will add a new midrange storage array platform next year and are currently working on software enhancements previewed in May for the Clariion and Celerra systems.

Wall Street analysts estimated EMC's revenue would be $3.98 billion for last quarter, but EMC exceeded that, totaling $4.02 billion for the quarter. During an earnings conference call last week, EMC execs said they expect to exceed their previous 2010 guidance of $16.5 billion for the year.

Read the full story on EMC's bigger revenue and new midrange storage array.

Dell-Ocarina deal may change the look of primary storage deduplication

Dell Inc.'s acquisition of Ocarina Networks last week will have effects on the development of primary storage deduplication over the coming months; this deal might alter the timeframe for when these products enter the market and what they will look like when they do.

Industry sources say Dell paid about $150 million for Ocarina. This acquisition gives Dell control of one of the few independent developers of data dedupe technology for primary storage. It also removes a big vendor from consideration for the other suppliers out there, which includes Permabit Technology Corp. and Storwize Inc. unless Dell pursues some of the partnerships Ocarina has been working on.

Read more about primary storage deduplication in this tip.


How the Vblock message could work against EMC

EMC is driving the integrated IT stack concept as hard as it can with its Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) Vblock. However, that's motivating Dell, HP, IBM and Oracle to build stronger marketing positions against it.

Instead of arguing a case for or against integrated IT stacks, let's accept them as a good thing. In order to satisfy cloud service demands, enterprises and service providers need to buy a large amount of IT resources such as servers, storage and networking.

In order to respond efficiently to increases in service demand, enterprises and service providers need to be able to repeatedly buy scalable IT platforms. Rather than buying the bits separately and trying to make them work together in their data centre, it's easier for them to acquire and operate integrated sets of servers, storage and networking.

Read the full column by Chris Mellor on how the Vblock message could work against EMC.

Vision Solutions talks about Double-Take and virtualization

Vision Solutions acquired Double-Take Software this week for $242. The deal brings Double-Take's disaster recovery (DR) and high-availability (HA) software for Windows and Linux into Vision's product portfolio alongside its DR and HA software for IBM Power Series, AIX and AS 400 platforms. spoke with Vision Solutions CEO Nicolaas Vlok and CTO Alan Arnold about their plans for Double-Take under Vision Solutions.

SearchDisasterRecovery: Virtualization is an area where there is a lot of competition, including the features from VMware itself. How will you stay ahead of the curve?

Vlok: There will be increased development to stay ahead of the virtualization trend. Double-Take has done some work, but given our experience in the virtual world in Power systems and where they've mapped out their next product releases, that will be a good nexus of things to come. Virtualization is here to stay, and it's up to us to define where we will play in it in the long term. There's a role for software like ours to play, and you need to define the value proposition for customers. We can get sharper and create some interesting partnerships with Double-Take.

Read the full interview about Vision Solutions' acquisition of Double-Take.

Remote and branch office best backup strategies

Backing up and restoring remote office/branch office (ROBO) data is much different than doing so for the primary data center. Primary data centers often have a staff dedicated to backup and recovery, procedures and frequent testing to make sure data is recoverable. However, ROBOs usually don't have this. Backup and recovery responsibilities are usually handled by someone in the ROBO who is not part of the IT organization, so these tasks are usually secondary to them. Common sense would dictate ROBO backup procedures and processes with this in mind, insuring successful data backups.

Unfortunately, it does not. Backup is a means to an end, with the end being able to restore or recover the data if it is lost, deleted, corrupted or infected. Many backup administrators don't remember or even realize this basic truth because they perform backup tasks every single day. Data restores and recoveries are a lot less frequent, and those happen with dedicated primary backup admins. The ROBO experience is typically a lot less than that of a primary data center.

Read the full story on remote and branch office best backup strategies.

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