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NetApp OEM deal helps GridIron widen SAN accelerator platform; more news

Startup GridIron adds a larger version of its all-flash SAN accelerator and new hybrid storage system through an OEM deal with NetApp.

NetApp OEM deal helps GridIron widen SAN accelerator platform

Startup GridIron Systems Inc. last week expanded its OneAppliance platform of flash SAN accelerator devices with the help of an OEM deal with storage vendor NetApp Inc. GridIron added a larger version of its TurboCharger all-flash SAN accelerator appliance and a new hybrid storage system that uses NetApp's E5400 for disk storage.

GridIron's Hybrid Flash Array (HFA) combines its new TurboCharger GT-1500 controller with the E5400, part of the Engenio storage platform that NetApp acquired from LSI Corp. in 2011. The TurboCharger sits between servers and storage arrays to accelerate such block-based applications as Oracle databases. It uses Intel multi-level cell (MLC) flash and the vendor's proprietary Set Ranking algorithms to optimize performance.

Read the full story on the NetApp and GridIron deal.

Dell FS8600 adds unified storage for Compellent SAN

Dell Inc. last week started shipping the FS8600 scale-out NAS device, which adds unified storage capability to its Compellent Fibre Channel (FC) SAN platform. The company also began teasing the primary deduplication planned for the next version of the product.

Dell announced its FS8600 at the Dell Storage Forum in June, and the appliance became generally available today. The Dell FS8600 uses the vendor's Fluid File System (FluidFS) that also brings file NAS capability to its EqualLogic SAN platform and PowerVault direct-attached storage.

FluidFS is based on the Exanet scalable NAS technology that Dell acquired in 2010, and the FS8600 uses Compellent Storage Center SAN arrays for back-end storage. The FS8600 is similar to the FS7600 with NAS capabilities that Dell has for its EqualLogic iSCSI SAN platform, but is built more for the enterprise.

Read the full story on Dell’s new FS8600NAS device and then read up on the message from Dell's channel chief, Greg Davis, to the company's channel partners at Dell Storage Forum.

Cloud file-sharing options popping up on both sides of the firewall

Enterprises are finding more options for storing and sharing files on mobile devices in the cloud. Besides dozens of online file-sharing services offering the capability, other vendors are adding file sharing for devices to their cloud storage products.

Scality and Nasuni Corp. are two of the latest vendors to deliver offerings for mobile access to cloud-based storage to help organizations keep up with demand from employees to view, share and collaborate on files from any mobile device and location.

Read the full story on the cloud services being offered by Scality and Nasuni.

Storage for virtual servers, VDI key Storage Decisions themes

NEW YORK -- Virtualization and its effect on storage was a big topic at Storage Decisions a couple weeks ago, as attendees at the show received tips for managing storage with virtual desktops and servers.

Brian Madden, virtual desktop analyst and founder of and, offered advice on running virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) storage. Chief Scientist and Analyst Howard Marks also discussed storage for virtualization when he examined storage features in VMware vSphere's latest version.

In his keynote address on the second day of the show, Madden said cost reduction is the wrong reason for deploying VDI. He said VDI will not deliver the consolidation and cost savings benefits that organizations gain from server virtualization.

Read the full story on the key themes from TechTarget’s Storage Decisions seminar.

Sanbolic Melio gains support for PCI Express flash, solid-state drives

Sanbolic Inc. added a solid-state resource management module to its Melio software data management platform last week. The Latency Targeted Allocator module aggregates and pools server-side solid-state storage for high availability and volume management across hard drives and solid-state storage.

Sanbolic Melio is a virtual clustered file system and volume management suite that serves as an abstraction layer between hardware and data. The host-based software enables customers to access multiple virtual machines as one storage volume. The Latency Targeted Allocator (LTA) module is a new piece of the suite that adds support for server-side PCI Express (PCIe) flash cards and solid-state drives (SSDs).

Read the full story on the upgrades to Sanbolic’s Melio software and then read up on contributor Eric Slack's explanation of storage provisioning tools, including Melio, for Hyper-V.

Unitrends aims integrated appliance for backup at SMEs

Unitrends last week launched its largest integrated appliance for backup with hopes of moving into the enterprise.

Unitrends is no stranger to integrated appliances; the new Recovery-943 is its 11th appliance that combines disk and backup software in one package. But it has concentrated on small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) until now, and Recovery-943 is aimed at small enterprises.

The timing appears good for the move upstream. The integrated appliance approach has gained a lot of attention over the past few years, mainly because of backup giant Symantec Corp.'s decision to place its NetBackup and Backup Exec applications on appliances.

Read the full story on the launch of Unitrends’ integrated backup appliance.

Tintri's VMstore to be sold in Europe through Arrow ECS

"VM-aware" storage vendor Tintri announced this week that it has reached an agreement with Arrow ECS that will allow Tintri storage solutions to be sold in 13 European countries.

The agreement was leveraged by Arrow ECS’ evaluation of emerging storage vendors in the all-flash and hybrid flash space. Tintri was chosen in part due to its growth in the European market, according to a Tintri spokesperson.

In August, Tintri launched its Lightning Partner Program aimed at working with global resellers and distributors to reach more enterprises by providing co-marketing, an exclusive partner portal, deal registration, and technical and training support.

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