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EMC buys clustered NAS vendor Isilon and Bus-Tech

EMC pays $2.25 billion to get into the clustered NAS market by acquiring Isilon; sees the technology complementary with Atmos object-based storage to address cloud storage customers.

Storage channel news roundup for Nov. 11 to Nov. 17, 2010

EMC buys clustered NAS vendor Isilon for $2.25 billion

EMC Corp. acquired clustered network-attached storage (NAS) vendor Isilon this week for $2.25 billion in a deal EMC executives said will bring the vendor into high-performance computing (HPC) markets where it's not a major player.

EMC CEO Joe Tucci used the phrase "big data" to describe the market he sees Isilon playing in combination with EMC's Atmos object-based storage system. EMC executives forecasted that Isilon and Atmos combined will triple revenue over the next two years, hitting a $1 billion run rate by the second half of 2012. Tucci said Isilon and Atmos complement each other in HPC and cloud storage as Data Domain and Avamar do in backup. EMC acquired data deduplication specialist Data Domain for $2.1 billion last year.

Tucci also admitted that EMC did not have a scale-out NAS product that could compete with Isilon, which increasingly won deals in verticals such as media and entertainment, life sciences, and Web content creation over traditional NAS products such as NetApp's FAS and EMC Celerra.

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EMC buys Bus-Tech, challenges IBM in mainframe backup

EMC bought its mainframe virtual tape library (VTL) partner Bus-Tech Inc. last Wednesday as part of an effort to woo mainframe backup users away from tape while competing with IBM Corp. in that market.

EMC has resold Bus-Tech VTL products since 2004, and has included Bus-Tech's virtual tape controller in EMC Disk Library for mainframe (DLm) platform under an OEM deal since 2008. Bus-Tech's controller provides FICON capability for the EMC disk library. EMC did not disclose financial terms of the acquisition, which has already closed.

Bus-Tech virtual tape engines (VTEs) were part of the Deduplication Storage Expansion for the EMC DLm 960 launched in July. That product also includes EMC's Celerra NS-960 storage and EMC Data Domain DD880 backup targets with data deduplication. Deduplication lets customers effectively perform asynchronous replication between DLm systems.

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Riverbed Whitewater looks to put public cloud in disaster recovery

Riverbed Technology this week unveiled its Whitewater cloud storage accelerator that will help organizations use the public cloud for disaster recovery, removing the need to back up to tape for disaster recovery.

Riverbed launched Whitewater and its Cloud Steelhead WAN accelerator Wednesday, a year after previewing the products.

Read more about cloud storage in this article.

InMage adds data reduction to CDP-based replication app

InMage this week refreshed its InMage Scout data backup and replication software, adding new data reduction and platform support to the continuous data protection (CDP)-based recovery application.

InMage Scout uses CDP to protect physical and virtual environments. InMage founder and CTO Rajeev Atluri said the key enhancement in InMage 5.5 is a sparse retention feature for data reduction in which older data is not backed up as often as new data. Along with keeping fewer application recovery points for older data, Atluri said Scout uses thin provisioning to only back up used storage capacity, and then compresses all backed up data. Atluri claims it can reduce capacity requirements five times compared to traditional CDP software.

Read more about data reduction in this tip.

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