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EMC maintains disk revenue lead

Headlines: EMC holds on to the No. 1 slot as external disk storage vendor this past quarter, with its networked storage revenue up by 22%.

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

EMC maintains disk revenue lead

EMC solidified its lead as the No. 1 external disk storage vendor last quarter, according to the latest IDC worldwide disk storage systems quarterly tracker.

EMC increased its networked storage revenue by 22% from a year ago, more than doubling the industry year-over-year growth of 10.8%, EMC posted third-quarter revenue of $1.65 billion – up from $1.35 billion a year ago – and increased its market share from 25.9% to 28.6%. IBM held onto second with $735 million, followed by NetApp at $700 million, Hewlett-Packard at $651 million, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) with $505 million, and Dell at $459 million. IDC considers IBM and NetApp, and HDS and Dell in a statistical tie because less than 1% of market share separates them.

Read the full story on EMC’s disk revenue lead.

Texas Memory Systems launches flash SAN for high availability 

Texas Memory Systems (TMS) this week unveiled its first high-availability flash SAN. The RamSan-720 system features redundant components and failover capabilities for organizations that want to run run multiple applications on one system with no single point of failure.

The 1U RamSan-720 is based on the RamSan-710 array launched in June. The new system holds either 6 TB or 12 TB of solid-state capacity. Each device has what Texas Memory Systems calls two-dimensional flash RAID 5, meaning the technology incorporates chip-level flash RAID within each flash module and it's the first RamSan system to support RAID 5 protection across all flash cards.

Check out this tip on how to improve storage performance with SSD in a cache appliance.

Physical, virtual backup still mostly a two-headed beast

There were a few reminders last week about how important backing up virtual machines is in an organization’s data protection strategy.

First, virtual server backup specialist Veeam released Backup & Replication 6. That in itself wasn’t a huge development. Veeam revealed full details of the product back in August and said it would be shipping by the end of year. It even leaked the most important detail – support of Microsoft Hyper-V – six months ago.

The most interesting part of the launch was the reaction it brought from backup king Symantec. Symantec sent an e-mail reminding that it too does virtual backup (through its X-ray technology) and claimed “point products are complicating data protection.” Symantec released a statement saying “In the backup world, two is not better than one. Using disparate point products to back up virtual and physical environments adds complexity and increases management costs. … Organizations should look for solutions that unite virtual and physical environments, as well as integrate deduplication, to achieve the greatest ROI.”

See the full blog post on VM backup and get tips on tools for VM-based disaster recovery.

Actifio picks up $33.5M in funding to push its data protection appliance 

Actifio this week closed a $33.5 million funding round, giving it a treasure chest to market and develop its alternative data backup and disaster recovery product. 

Most of the funding money in storage this year has gone to emerging solid-state and cloud startups, but Acitifio scored a large round despite playing in the mature data protection space. Actifio isn’t particularly well known among storage vendors, but founder and CEO Ash Ashutosh said the company has more than 100 customers in barely a year of shipping products. Most of the customers are enterprises and service providers, Ashutosh said.

Actifio’s product -- Protection and Availability Storage (PAS) -- is an appliance that uses Actifio software to store and manage metadata of all protected data. It also virtualizes copies of data so they are available when needed. Instead of having copies in different places, PAS serves as the only source of secondary data.

Check out the full story on Actifio’s efforts to develop its PAS data protection appliance.

Aptare expands storage management software

Storage software vendor Aptare is branching out to managing file storage. The vendor this week launched Aptare StorageConsole File Analytics, which helps discover and analyze unstructured data. Or, as Aptare CEO Rick Clark puts it, now Aptare “tames the beast of big data.”

The File Analytics app joins the Aptare Storage Console suite, which previously included Backup Manager for backup reporting, Replication Manager, Storage Capacity Manager, Fabric Manager and Virtualization Manager for managing storage in virtual environments. The suite apps are available as standalone products or part of a package that can be managed through a common console. Hitachi Data Systems sells Aptare software through an OEM agreement, and NetApp licenses the Aptare Catalog Engine as part of its snapshot technology.

Read the rest of the story on Aptare’s expansion of its storage management software.

CA launches ARCserve MSP 2.0 licensing program

CA Technologies this week introduced Version 2.0 of its MSP licensing program for CA ARCserve, which adds subscription-based per-terabyte pricing options to its existing per-server model. The program allows MSPs to offer customers pay-as-you-go data protection solutions with no upfront surcharges or to opt for per-server licensing.

The MSP 2.0 program features three other licensing enhancements, including backup licensing for desktop and laptop protection services, a bundled license for combining disk-to-disk server protection with off-site replication in the MSP’s data center and per-host licensing for disk-to-disk protection of Windows Server Advanced Virtual Edition.

ATTO Technology launches Accelerate partner program

Storage networking vendor ATTO Technology Inc. launched its Accelerate channel partner program this week. ATTO has designed three levels of membership in the Accelerate program, with level qualification determined by a series of quantitative and qualitative measures including revenue commitment, regional coverage, vertical markets served, market share and how the partnership enables mutual business growth.

DR services provider adopts CommVault Simpana for cloud-based recovery

Business recovery service provider IT-Lifeline announced that it is using CommVault Simpana 9 backup software to deliver its new cloud-based disaster recovery service for midsize businesses. IT-Lifeline’s BlackCloud Edge service relies on Simpana’s integration with Amazon Web Services to deliver cloud-based disaster recovery.

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