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VMware's VDP brings Avamar dedupe, possible conflicts; more news

News briefs: VMware uses EMC Avamar to bring dedupe and file restores to its vSphere Data Protection SMB product. Plus, more news from VMworld San Francisco.

vSphere Data Protection brings Avamar dedupe, possible conflicts

SAN FRANCISCO -- VMware will use EMC's Avamar backup software as the engine for its new vSphere Data Protection (VDP) utility, giving EMC a route into the SMB backup market while prompting VMware's other backup partners to wonder about its vendor neutrality.

VMware is licensing Avamar for VDP, which is built into vSphere 5.1 and replaces the limited VMware Data Recovery (VDR) backup utility. The biggest improvements VDP offers over VDR are the ability to perform inline data deduplication and deliver file-level restores. VMware customers can install VDP appliances in 500 GB, 1 terabyte (TB) or 2 TB configurations, with Avamar's deduplication expanding the amount of data it can protect.

Avamar's replication is missing from vSphere Data Protection.

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Quantum launches Q-Cloud DR, backup services with vmPro and DXi dedupe

Quantum Corp. this week launched its Q-Cloud brand of backup and disaster recovery services, which combine the company's DXi disk backup target, vmPRO virtual machine backup appliance and off-site data centers.

Quantum positions Q-Cloud as a data protection option that fits between enterprise SAN array-based replication (that can recover data in minutes) and low-cost consumer and SMB services such as Mozy and Carbonite (that could require days to retrieve data). Quantum claims Q-Cloud can recover data in hours, and its monthly pricing could fall below low-end backup services, although that pricing depends on the deduplication ratio customers get from their DXi appliances.

Continue reading Quantum's Q-Cloud DR.

EMC upgrades VFCache, shows off ‘Project X’ flash array

SAN FRANCISCO -- EMC Corp. emphasized its commitment to flash across all levels of storage this week at VMworld, upgrading its VFCache PCIe card-based flash caching product with inline dedupe and demonstrating its "Project X" all-flash array, which is due to ship next year.

EMC VFCache 1.5 included no major enhancements but had several improvements over the first version that launched in February. Besides adding inline deduplication for cached data, VFCache now supports VMware vMotion and the ability to use multiple cards in one server. EMC also added support for Micron 700 GB capacity single-level cell (SLC) PCIe cards -- more than twice the top capacity supported in the first VFCache, and an LSI Nytro WarpDrive PCIe flash mezzanine card for Cisco UCS B-series blades.

Continue reading about EMC's VMworld announcements.

Scale Computing weighs in with converged storage, compute, VM cluster

SAN FRANCISCO -- Scale Computing this week unveiled the HC3, a scale-out converged storage system combining compute, server virtualization and capacity in one box.

Launched at VMworld 2012 here, HC3 runs in clusters of three or more nodes. Each node includes Red Hat Inc.'s KVM hypervisor built in; no additional virtual machine licenses are required. With the HC3, Scale is targeting midsize companies with small IT staffs, according to CEO Jeff Ready.

Continue reading about Scale Computing's HC3.

Maginatics enters cloud file sharing market

Maginatics Inc. came out of stealth this week with its MagFS online file sharing platform that uses a distributed file system and cloud storage so end users with multiple end-point devices can access data from a shared namespace.

The Mountain View, Calif.-based Maginatics joins a crowded cloud file sharing market that includes Box, Citrix ShareFile, Dropbox, Egnyte, EMC/Syncplicity, Nomadix, SugarSync and YouSendIt. Maginatics claims its cloud file sharing software can scale higher than competitors -- up to millions of users -- and is better suited for the enterprise.

Continue reading about Maginatics' MagFS.

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