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HGST prepares helium-based hard drives, EMC still leads storage market; more news

News briefs: Western Digital’s Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) intends to ship its first 3.5-inch, helium-based hard disk drive in 2013.

Western Digital's HGST prepares helium-based hard drives to increase density

Western Digital’s Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) intends to ship its first 3.5-inch, helium-based hard disk drive in 2013.

A technology that’s been under development for about eight years, helium-based hard drives are the next evolution in drive technology, according to HGST’s vice president of product marketing, Brendan Collins. Helium will replace air in the Sealed HDD platform that HGST recently announced. Helium has one-seventh the density of air, allowing manufacturers to build in seven spinning disks instead of five in a 3.5-inch drive. That could boost capacity in the 3.5-inch form factor by 40%.

Read the full story on HGST’s new helium-based hard drive platform.

EMC still leads the pack in storage

EMC continues to be the top dog in the storage market. The vendor was the only major storage company to experience year-over-year market share growth for the second quarter of 2012, according to the latest revenue reports from research firms IDC and Gartner.

IBM, NetApp, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) and Dell either lost or maintained market share.

EMC’s revenue share grew to 30.4% in the second quarter of this year compared with 28.6% in the same quarter last year, according to IDC’s worldwide disk storage systems tracker. No. 2 IBM’s year-over-year revenue share dropped to 12.9% from 13.7%. NetApp came in third, dropping to 12.1% from 12.8%. No. 4 HP’s market share dropped from 11% to 10.7%. HDS slipped from 8.2% to 8.1%, and Dell remained flat with 7.8% market share.

Read the full story about EMC’s success in the storage market and learn more about its partnership with Lenovo.

Nimble raises $40.7 million in funding, eyes IPO

Nimble Storage has raised $40.7 million in a mezzanine round of funding, bringing its total investment to $98 million as it prepares for a potential initial public offering (IPO). The vendor, a developer of hybrid flash and hard drive arrays, aims to use the money to grow its employee head count from 250 today to about 500 by the end of 2013.

Read the full story on Nimble’s potential IPO.

Acronis buys GroupLogic, targets mobile device backup

Backup software vendor Acronis Inc. last week acquired file-sharing software company GroupLogic Inc. with the goal of extending its data protection capabilities to mobile device backup and file collaboration.

GroupLogic will become a division of Acronis that will be headed by GroupLogic's former CEO, Chris Broderick. Acronis did not disclose the acquisition price.

GroupLogic is primarily known for its mobile device file sharing, syncing and collaboration software, especially for Apple devices, Broderick said. Acronis will combine that data accessibility platform with its data protection software, according to Dmitri Joukovski, the company's vice president of marketing.

Read the full story on Acronis’ acquisition of GroupLogic.

Amplidata gets $6 million in funding and a new CEO

Object-storage startup Amplidata last week unveiled its new CEO and another $6 million round of funding with OEM partner Quantum Corp. as a lead investor. The new funding brings the company’s total investment to $23 million.

Mike Wall takes over as CEO. He replaces founder Wim De Wispelaere, who moves into the chief technology officer spot. Wall, a member of Amplidata’s board since April, was CEO of backup software vendor Atempo when it was acquired by ASG Software Solutions last December. Prior to that, Wall was a founding member of Intel Corp.’s storage division.

Read the full story on Amplidata’s funding round and new CEO.

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