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Thunderbolt storage devices not seen as an SMB staple

Headlines: Industry experts say it's unlikely that Intel’s Thunderbolt storage systems will see widespread SMB adoption; Promise has a Thunderbolt system but few others have committed.

Storage channel news roundup for Sept. 1 to Sept. 7, 2011

Thunderbolt storage devices not seen as an SMB staple

The first storage system to use Intel Corp.’s Thunderbolt storage technology came out soon after the high-speed technology became available, and more are sure to follow, but industry experts don’t expect Thunderbolt to become a major factor in small- to medium-sized business (SMB) storage products.

“[Outside] of some niche or corner-case scenarios similar to where or how USB is used today, [I] don’t see much future traction in the mid- to upper SMB and enterprise for storage,” Greg Schulz, senior analyst at StorageIO Group, wrote in an email.

Check out the full story on Thunderbolt storage and its status for SMBs.

Imation removes ProStor, buys InfiniVault assets

RDX removable disk pioneer ProStor Systems officially dissolved last week when Imation picked up ProStor’s remaining intellectual property. That consists of mostly ProStor’s InfiniVault data management technology, which Imation plans to build a tiered storage strategy around.

Tandberg acquired the RDX business from ProStor in May, and Imation scooped up the InfiniVault Management System software this week. ProStor’s InfiniVault systems included the software with RDX removable disk drives and cartridges.

Read the full story on Imation’s acquisition of ProStor’s InfiniVault systems.

VMworld notebook: Symantec prepares Storage Foundation 6 with primary dedupe

Storage-related notes from last week’s VMworld 2011:

Symantec has done a lot lately to try to catch up to smaller rivals on virtual machine support for its backup products. Now it is ready to support virtualization in its storage management products, as well as data deduplication for primary data.

Symantec is preparing to give Storage Foundation its first major release in five years. The main focus for the overdue upgrade will be support for mixed environments, which means virtual servers and the cloud as well as physical servers.

The Storage Foundation 6 launch will come in a month or two, but Symantec senior VP of storage management Anil Chakravarthy filled me in on a few details. He said the goal is to allow customers to run Storage Foundation in any operating system and on any hypervisor.

Read the full blog post on storage news from last week’s VMworld.

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