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Dell acquires 3PAR; Oracle hardware strategy positions firm in workload optimization space

Headlines: Dell bought thin provisioning specialist 3PAR this week for $1.15 billion, making this its second $1 billion-plus storage acquisition in fewer than three years.

Storage channel news roundup for Aug. 5 to Aug. 18, 2010

Dell buys 3PAR to expand storage product lineup

Dell bought thin provisioning specialist 3PAR this week for $1.15 billion, making this its second $1 billion-plus storage acquisition in less than three years.

According to analysts, the acquisition of 3PAR is part of Dell's strategy to transform itself into a larger storage technology player. They also predict that this deal will change the company's relationship with long-time storage partner EMC Corp. Dell began adding to its storage portfolio by acquiring iSCSI vendor EqualLogic for $1.4 billion in 2008, and added network-attached storage (NAS) vendor Exanet and primary storage data reduction startup Ocarina Networks this year.

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Oracle's Fowler on company's hardware strategy

Oracle Corp. last week held a coming-out event for John Fowler, its new executive vice president for servers and storage systems. Fowler said during a live webcast that the company's hardware strategy positions it to be a leader in the workload optimization space, largely due to its purchase of Sun Microsystems Inc.

"Oracle is now complete in its technology offerings," he said.

Fowler also said that Oracle will continue to make developments in the tape and library space. But he didn't offer many specifics on the company's overall storage strategy.

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NHL team implements SAN and disaster recovery software

The NHL's Tampa Bay Lightning added a Pillar Data Systems SAN disk array and InMage Systems Inc. disaster recovery (DR) software to its data storage systems. These two technologies were added as part a data center overhaul designed to better support its ticket sales operation.

According to Ian Steele, director of IT for the Tampa Bay Lightning, the direct-attached storage (DAS) setup he inherited last year wasn't adequate for supporting key business processes.

Read the full story on the Tampa Bay Lightning switch to a SAN disk array and DR software.

Oracle backs off Illumos, OpenSolaris community

According to a leaked internal company memo, Oracle Corp. is not planning to cooperate with the Illumos project and OpenSolaris community.

The decision poses a threat to ZFS-based storage systems that use OpenSolaris code. But the CEO of Nexenta Systems Inc. said neither the vendor's ZFS storage system or Illumos will change as a result.

Posted by software engineer Steve Stallion, the memo outlined Oracle's plans for distributing code for its next-generation Solaris 11. The memo, which was addressed to Solaris engineering, outlines the company's decisions regarding open source, open source development, software and binary licenses, and how developers and early adopters will be able to use Solaris 11 technology before its release in 2011.

Read the full story on Oracle's plan with Illumos and OpenSolaris.

Ellis Medicine chooses CommVault Simpana for backup and archiving

Schenectady, N.Y.-based hospital group Ellis Medicine found out that too much data backup can be a bad thing when you have too many backup applications to tackle it.

According to Network Engineer Rodney Kowalczyk, Ellis Medicine used four backup products at one point before settling on CommVault Systems' Simpana for data backup and archiving.

Read the full story on Ellis Medicine, and for more on data backup and archiving, read this article on data reduction for disk archiving.

Micron releases new flash SSD product with 6 Gbps SATA interface

Micron Technology Inc. released an upgraded enterprise-class solid-state drive (SSD), the RealSSD P300. The RealSSD P300, a second-generation flash SSD, replaces the RealSSD P200. The new drive features a 6 Gbps SATA interface and comes in 50 GB, 100 GB and 200 GB capacity models, a step up from the P200's 25 GB and 50 GB capacities. The drives are expected to be available by the end of September.

The main feature of the RealSSD P300 is that its bandwidth capabilities have been greatly expanded, said Kevin Dibelius, Micron's enterprise SSD senior product marketing manager. The company said the RealSSD P300 offers more than 15 times the write performance of other SATA-based solid-state drives. It can also deliver 44,000 IOPS for random reads and 16,000 IOPS for random writes to target demanding enterprise applications.

For more on solid-state drives, read this tip on SSD vs. HDD.

TTX switches to EMC SSDs

TTX Co., a freight car management firm, switched from IBM storage to EMC Corp. after moving off the mainframe and virtualizing its data center, even though Rob Zelinka, TTX director of infrastructure, has to wait for EMC to deliver what he calls "the Holy Grail" of automated storage tiering.

In order to cut costs and improve performance of its main rail car tracking application, TTX refreshed its storage to a distributed architecture. The company revamped its network with Cisco Systems Inc. gear first, then switched to Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co.'s ProLiant servers with VMware before overhauling its storage.

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Asigra and 6fusion partner up to allow MSPs to deliver cloud backup services

Asigra Inc. announced that it has partnered with 6fusion in an effort to allow managed service providers (MSPs) to improve their time to market and limit up-front costs by delivering 6fusion's cloud backup services worldwide.

6fusion's Software as a Service (SaaS) platform, UC6, allows MSPs to provide cloud-based backup services without having to invest in data center hardware. UC6 can be deployed as a private or public cloud and is integrated with Asigra Cloud Backup, which is based on a hybrid cloud model. This means users can either back up their data to a private cloud, public cloud or a combination of the two.

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