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CommVault's Bob Hammer talks ‘big data’ backup, cloud backup, archiving

Headlines: CommVault CEO Bob Hammer talks about backing up ‘big data,’ cloud backup and the relationship between archiving and backup.

Storage channel news roundup for May 29 to June 4, 2012

CommVault’s Bob Hammer talks ‘big data’ backup, cloud backup, archiving 

CommVault Systems Inc.’s $406 million backup software revenue since its last fiscal year is a 35% increase, which far outgrows the entire market. We spoke with CommVault CEO Bob Hammer about the drivers for his company’s recent success and how it is handling cloud backup, backup for “big data,” virtualization and mobile devices, the trend in the market toward integrated appliances, and how recent acquisitions may affect its healthy relationship with Dell.

See the full interview with CommVault CEO Bob Hammer.

GreenBytes gets green bucks for green tech

Flash storage vendor GreenBytes closed a $12 million funding round last week, led by Al Gore’s venture capital firm.

GreenBytes sells two platforms of hybrid arrays combining solid-state drives with hard drives and in February launched Solidarity -- an all-SSD drive with a starting price of less than $100,000 for 13.4 TB. The startup said it will use its second funding round to expand sales, marketing and channel development.

Generation Investment Management LLP, co-founded by Al Gore in 2004, led the round with a contribution from Battery Ventures and GreenBytes management. Former U.S. Vice President Gore is chairman of Generation Investement, which claims to make investments based on a company’s economic, environmental, social and governance sustainability factors.

Read the full story on flash vendor GreenBytes’ recent funding round and then watch this expert video on the pros and cons of SSD.

Amid shrinking I/O virtualization market, Xsigo I/O Director brings flexibility to IT shops 

Virtual I/O, also known as I/O virtualization (IOV), hasn’t proven as popular yet as server virtualization or even storage virtualization.

Most of the startups that offered the technology a few years ago are gone. Aprius Inc. and 3Leaf Systems went out of business, and Virtensys Ltd. was acquired by Micron Technology Inc. in January. At the time of the acquisition, Micron said it would use Virtensys’ PCIe virtualization technology to virtualize Micron’s solid-state drive (SSD) storage.

That leaves Xsigo Systems Inc. and NextIO Inc. as dedicated I/O virtualization vendors, although larger vendors use the technology with networks running their servers and connectivity. Hewlett-Packard Co.’s Virtual Connect is an example of vendor-specific I/O virtualization.

But while the options for I/O virtualization are dwindling, the need for it is not. Xsigo has been able to capitalize on the rise of virtualization in the data center and cloud computing as well as renewed interest in InfiniBand to gain traction with its Xsigo I/O Director, which connects x86 servers to any storage or network devices.

Read the full story on Xsigo I/O Director and then check out this story on the benefits of I/O virtualization to data centers.

NextIO shares I/O resources via PCIe virtualization approach 

Within the shrinking I/O virtualization market, NextIO Inc., of Austin, Texas, has staked its claim on PCIe virtualization. The company’s V-series product line uses high-speed PCI Express technology instead of InfiniBand to consolidate and share I/O resources at the top of the rack.

“PCIe is going to be in every chip set and therefore in every server on the planet,” NextIO CEO K.C. Murphy said. “PCIe is supported by every operating system, every hypervisor and every driver out there.”

NextIO’s vNet, vCore and vStor I/O appliances virtualize industry-standard cards for I/O, hybrid computing and solid-state drive (SSD) resource sharing within server racks.

Traditional server I/O cards are replaced with PCIe pass-through cards and connected to the NextIO appliance at 40 Gbps. The NextIO appliance is populated with the same industry-standard I/O cards, such as 10 Gigabit Ethernet or 8 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC). The appliance can also use Nvidia Corp. GPU cards for hybrid computing or Fusion-io Inc. SSD cards for increased IOPS within the rack.

Read the full story on NextIO’s PCIe-based approach to I/O virtualization.

EMC buys Watch4net with eye on cloud services

After seven years of partnering with Montreal-based Watch4net, EMC last week bought the software company to bolster its IT infrastructure management capabilities.

Watch4net describes its APG software as “a carrier-class performance management application that provides real-time, historical and projected visibility into the performance of the network, data centers and cloud infrastructures.”

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