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DR planning a spending priority for SMBs; Virsto upgrades Hyper-V-focused storage management tool

Headlines: DR and BC planning is the No. 1 spending priority for small businesses, according to a recent Forrester study; plus, Virsto Software updates its Hyper-V storage management tool.

Storage channel news roundup for Sept. 9-15, 2010

Study: Improving DR planning is the No.1 spending priority for small businesses

According to a recent survey by Forrester Research, SMBs list disaster recovery (DR) and business continuity (BC) planning improvements as their No. 1 spending priority. For enterprises, it ranked as the No. 2 spending priority.

Taking a closer look at the numbers, according to Forrester's survey, "Global IT budgets, priorities, and emerging technology tracking survey Q2 2010", out of the 1,228 SMB budget decision makers, more than 70% of them said improving disaster recovery and business continuity capabilities will likely be a top technology priority in the next year. Enterprise decision makers marked consolidating IT infrastructure as a top technology priority, but more than 60% of the 1,575 respondents said DR/BC is a priority.

Read the full story on Forrester's study on businesses' top spending priorities for the next year.

Virsto storage management tool now supports several Microsoft applications

Virsto Software, a company that tailors its storage management software for Microsoft Hyper-V environments, upgraded its Virsto One product this week.

Virsto One 1.2 now supports several Microsoft applications, including Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager 2010 (Microsoft DPM 2010), Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (SCVMM 2008) and Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS). In addition, Virsto 1.2 works with the Hyper-V Dynamic Memory function in the Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1.

The previous version, Virsto One, was rolled out in the first quarter. Virsto claimed this product could prevent storage bottlenecks caused by hypervisors feeding multiple I/O streams from guests to disk systems. And now, according to Virsto CEO Mark Davis, Virsto One 1.2 will be able to triple I/O performance, reduce VM storage consumption by 90% and provision virtual hard disk clones in less than a second.

Read the full story on the latest upgrades in Virsto's storage management software.


Cal EMA turns to Pancetera Unite to help virtual server backup

The California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA) worked for two years to reduce its 200 physical servers in three data centers by implementing virtual servers. uring this project, the organization found that server virtualization can often complicate data backups. In order to resolve these complications, the agency tapped Pancetera Unite to work with its IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) backup application.

Cal EMA is California's equivalent to the United States' Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is one of the largest disaster response teams in the country. The agency backs up and archives data that goes back for decades, including information on physical assets across the state, reimbursement for damages, aid packages and real-time data collected by satellite across California's 58 counties.

Cal EMA found that through server virtualization, you can reduce the cost of managing hardware, but at the same time, you lose visibility into your backup.

Read the full story on how Pancetera Unite helped Cal EMA with its server virtualization problems.

Vembu completes integration of StoreGrid with ConnectWise

Vembu Technologies announced that it completed the integration of its StoreGrid Service Provider Edition with ConnnectWise software. StoreGrid was designed to let managed service providers (MSPs), value-added resellers (VARs) and other service providers provide remote backup services to their customers. The new integration with ConnectWise will allow customers to monitor their backup and restore jobs directly in ConnectWise.

ConnectWise now integrated with ManageEngine's MSP system

ConnectWise announced that ManageEngine has now integrated its MSP Center Lite with ConnectWise. MSP Center Lite is a remote systems management product designed to help manage Windows desktops, servers and networking devices.

The integration of MSP Center Lite with ConnectWise may help partners to automatically update their configuration information in ConnectWise, which would eliminate the manual entry step. The integration also works to change monitoring alerts into service requests, allowing ConnectWise OS to continue its service management functions.

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