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Cloud storage appliance announcements from Cirtas, Nasuni

Headlines: Cirtas released the Bluejet Cloud Storage Controller hybrid cloud storage appliance, which looks like a storage array to servers but stores data offsite.

Storage channel news roundup for Sept. 16-22, 2010

Cirtas releases appliance for cloud storage 

Cirtas Systems released the Bluejet Cloud Storage Controller at the Storage Decisions conference in New York this week. Bluejet is a cloud storage appliance that resides at the customer site and appears to be a storage array to servers but stores data offsite.

According to Cirtas, Bluejet is a hybrid appliance; it can manage data locally on primary storage as well as provide the benefits of cloud storage. Features of Bluejet include thin provisioning, LUN masking, snapshots, host-to-volume mapping, automated tiering, deduplication, compression and remote replication. Data is stored through connectors to cloud storage providers. As of right now, Bluejet works with two cloud providers, Amazon and Iron Mountain, but expects to work with more cloud providers in the future.

See how you can provide cloud storage services via a hybrid approach in this tip.

Nasuni upgrades its virtual appliance

Nasuni Corp. this week released Nasuni 2.0, an upgraded version of its Nasuni Filer virtual appliance -- an appliance that acts as a gateway to cloud storage. Nasuni 2.0 supports Microsoft's Hyper-V, Windows Azure, Distributed File System (DFS) and Windows Previous Versions file restore technology.

Nasuni first came out of the shadows in February when it released a VMware virtual appliance that can access public clouds of its partners with CIFS. In order to attract more customers, Nasuni added Hyper-V compatibility to its appliance, according to Nasuni CEO Andres Rodriguez.

Find out about cloud storage services in this Q&A.

Recent SRM software trends

In the past year and a half, three storage resource management (SRM) trends have emerged: affordability, ease of use and extended support. But are these trends enough to make you consider SRM software tools?

The first trend coming about from storage resource management software is its affordability; SRM offerings are growing as prices fall. The decision then for IT shops is whether to go with SRM tools from major vendors, or a third-party product from a small vendor. There are also several new hosted SRM solutions an IT shop can choose from.

Read the full story on SRM software trends.

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