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EMC, customers stung by hard drive shortages from Thailand floods

Headlines: EMC informs its partners and customers that it will increase list prices of its hard drives starting Jan. 1 as a result of the shortages caused by Thailand’s floods.

Storage channel news roundup for Dec. 15 to Dec. 21, 2011

EMC, customers stung by hard drive shortages from Thailand floods

EMC has notified partners and customers that it will raise the list prices of its hard drives by up to 15% beginning Jan. 1 due to shortages caused by Thailand floods. The increases are expected to be temporary, depending on how long it takes damaged hard drive manufacturing plants to recover.

EMC Vice Chairman Bill Teuber sent an email to customers and partners stating the vendor has eaten price increases so far but will begin to pass them along to customers after this month. He also wrote that EMC does not expect supply problems because it is the largest vendor of external storage systems, but it has to pay more for the available drives.

Read the full blog post on the impact of Thailand’s floods on EMC and its customers.

Seagate-Samsung close hard drive deal seven months later

One of two pending multibillion-dollar hard drive vendor acquisitions closed this week when Seagate Technology wrapped up its $1.4 billion transaction with Samsung Electronics.

Seagate is acquiring Samsung’s M8 product line of 2.5-inch high-capacity hard drives and will supply disk drives to Samsung for PCs, notebooks and consumer devices. Samsung will supply Seagate with chips for enterprise solid-state drives (SSDs). Seagate already uses those chips for its SSD and hybrid drives. Seagate is also acquiring employees from Samsung’s Korea design center.

Check out this tip on enterprise hard drives and newer drive technologies.

ASG Software expands into backup, archiving with Atempo

Backup and archiving software vendor Atempo gave up the fight to survive as an independent niche player among giants last week, after ASG Software Solutions purchased the company as an addition to ASG’s portfolio of IT management software.

ASG did not disclose the price it paid for Atempo, but ASG founder and CEO Arthur Allen said his company will continue to offer Atempo’s backup, recovery and archiving products software as standalone products while also integrating them into ASG’s enterprise automation management (EAMS) software suite.

Find out about developing online backup and archiving services in this story.

HDS sharpens file capabilities for the cloud

Hitachi Data Systems added a few more lanes to its cloud storage on-ramp last week.

HDS brought out the Hitachi Data Ingestor (HDI) caching appliance a year ago, calling it an “on-ramp to the cloud” for use with its Hitachi Content Platform (HCP) object storage system. Last week it added content sharing, file restore and NAS migration capabilities to the appliance.

Content sharing lets customers in remote offices share data across a network of HDI systems, as all of the systems can read from a single HCP namespace. File restore lets users retrieve previous versions of files and deleted files, and the NAS migration lets customers move data from NetApp NAS filers and Windows servers to HDI.

Get a peer’s advice on cloud storage services in this podcast.

Top 10 storage trends in 2011: Solid-state technology, cloud, ‘big data’ make a mark 

Solid-state technology dominated the data storage headlines in 2011, even if the technology has yet to become widely adopted. Cloud storage, as well as storage and backup for virtual machines (VMs), also played a prominent role in the news this year.

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