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EMC rolls out Clariion, Celerra enhancements; HP offers $1.6B for 3PAR

Headlines: EMC rolled out a range of enhancements to its midrange Clariion and Celerra storage array platforms. It also shipped primary data reduction and FAST for SSDs.

Storage channel news roundup for Aug. 19 to Aug. 25, 2010

EMC rolls out Clariion, Celerra enhancements

This week, EMC Corp. introduced a range of enhancements to its midrange Clariion and Celerra storage array platforms to drive common management, as well as a better use of solid-state drives (SSDs) and primary data reduction. The new enhancements include features it previewed earlier this year such as sub-LUN-level automated data tiering, block compression, a unified management application for Clariion and Celerra, integration with VMware's vCenter and support for VMware's vStorage APIs for Array Integration (VAAI).

Two new Celerra NAS gateways were also introduced, and EMC said it would lower pricing on SSDs and offer native Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) for Clariion and Celerra. These features had not been previously announced. Plus, EMC also previewed the Unisphere management console, an upgrade to its Fully Automated Storage Tiering (FAST) software with a FAST Cache option for SSDs, block compression and VAAI support at EMC World 2010 in May.

Read the full story on EMC's enhancements to its storage array platforms.

Hewlett-Packard offers $1.6 billion for 3PAR, outbidding Dell

Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. made a $1.6 billion bid on storage array vendor 3PAR this week, outbidding Dell Inc.'s $1.15 billion last week. This raises the stakes on acquiring the competition to acquire 3PAR.

HP's executive vice president of enterprise servers, storage and networking, Dave Donatelli, said he's looking for 3PAR to take HP heavily into cloud storage if it closes the deal. Dell did comment on whether it would make a counter offer. The bids on 3PAR could turn it into the Data Domain of 2010. EMC and NetApp battled for the data deduplication backup vendor last year, with EMC acquiring Data Domain at $2.1 billion.

Read more about HP's bid on 3PAR in this blog post.

Akorri updates SRM software with predictive analysis feature

Akorri Inc. updated its BalancePoint SRM software by adding a predictive analysis feature that detects problems that can cause application outages. The company also expanded its support for storage devices and hypervisors.

BalancePoint 3.5 includes a Predictor for Storage capability that identifies physical or workload I/O issues and their effect on applications. Akorri also added support for the Hewlett-Packard SVSP storage virtualization device, Hitachi Data Systems Dynamic Provisioning, Microsoft Hyper-V and NetApp V-Series.

BalancePoint Predictor for Storage is the major addition to BalancePoint 3.5. Jim Comstock, Akorri's VP of marketing, said the vendor's new disk utilization capability drives the Predictor feature.

Read the full story on Akorri's predictive analysis feature for its storage resource management software.

FalconStor tackles VDI bottlenecks with SSDs and data protection

FalconStor Software Inc. is enhancing data backup and recovery for IT shops using VMware for virtual desktop infrastructures (VDIs) by combining data protection capabilities with its solid-state drive (SSD) caching gateway.

The FalconStor Storage Server (NSS) SAN Accelerator for VMware View is based on the SAN accelerator product FalconStor launched earlier this year. The company also added several other features to its VMware View product, such as continuous data protection (CDP), snapshot, thin clone, replication and file-level protection technology.

Read more about VDI's impact on data protection in this tip.

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