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Cisco and NetApp certify FCoE to run with VMware; JetBlue now uses EMC Avamar

Headlines: Cisco and NetApp have certified end-to-end FCoE products to run with VMware vSphere and hope this certification will spur the technology's adoption.

Storage channel news roundup for July 29 to August 4, 2010

Cisco and NetApp certify FCoE products to run with VMware

Cisco Systems Inc. and NetApp Inc. have been at the forefront of pushing Fibre Channel over Ethernet storage (FCoE storage). Most recently, they have certified FCoE products to run with VMware vSphere.

On July 28, Cisco and NetApp said VMware validated NetApp's FAS storage systems and the Cisco Nexus 5000 switches in virtual environments running VMware vSphere. FCoE is supported on both NetApp storage and the Nexus 5000. FCoE is still in the early stages, and customers are waiting for the product ecosphere and standards to mature. But the three vendors hope this first end-to-end FCoE storage network, which is certified to run with virtual servers, will spur its adoption.

For more on FCoE, read this tip on steps to FCoE readiness.

JetBlue now uses EMC Avamar's dedupe software

While upgrading to larger data centers, JetBlue Airways recently took its airplanes out of the data protection process and centralized its remote-office backups with EMC Avamar's data deduplication software.

Instead of doing tape backups at its regional sites, JetBlue began using EMC Avamar's client-based deduplication application to back up over the WAN. Before using EMC Avamar's dedupe software, JetBlue used to fly IT people to its regional offices twice a week to rotate tape. That was expensive and a waste of manpower, according to Just Tobe, JetBlue storage architect.

Read the full story on JetBlue's switch to EMC Avamar.

Storwize acquired by IBM for its primary data compression

IBM announced last week that it will buy Storwize Inc., which sells inline real-time compression appliances for file data. This will make IBM the latest storage vendor to have a primary storage data compression strategy.
Talk about IBM acquiring Storwize for $140 million came about last month. IBM did not disclose financial details but said the deal is expected to close by the end of September.

IBM did not give many details regarding its product roadmap during its conference call about the deal, but Doug Balog, vice president of IBM Storage, said Storwize is the only vendor whose products "can compress primary data while it is active. Others compress inactive data or data at rest -- backup data."

For more on data compression, read this list of the top five data storage compression methods.

Pancetera Unite helps optimize VM backup

Startup Pancetera Software Inc. came out of stealth this week with a virtual appliance, Pancetera Unite, designed to speed up virtual machine backup and other data storage management processes in big virtual server environments.

Pancetera Unite simplifies management by offloading the production servers. It also provides a single access point for virtual machines, according to Bart Bartlett, Pancetera marketing vice president. Unite runs as a virtual Linux appliance on one host outside of the data path and performs activities such as agent operations, data backup, security scans, replication and storage migration over the LAN or WAN.

For more on virtual machine backup, read this tip on VM-specific software vs. traditional enterprise data backup software.

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