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DataDirect launches midrange scale-out storage for 'big data'; more news

DataDirect Networks will begin shipping its first hybrid flash array, a scale-out system aimed at 'big data,' shortly after the New Year.

DataDirect Networks adds hybrid scale-out storage for 'big data'

DataDirect Networks Inc. plans to begin shipping its first hybrid flash array in early 2013. The 4U SFA7700 is a midrange scale-out storage system that will include multi-level cell flash and spinning disk, and storage acceleration tools for such block and file-based high-performance computing applications as data analytics.

The SFA7700 uses the new Storage Fusion Xcelerator (SFX) suite of flash optimization tools from DataDirect Networks (DDN) to boost performance. The suite consists of SFX Read, SFX Write, SFX Instant Commit and SFX Context Commit acceleration modes. SFX Read caches reads to accelerate frequently accessed data, SFX Write accelerates writes, SFX Instant Commit caches most recent writes, and SFX Context Commit enables customers to direct data-intensive applications to solid state.

Read the full story on DataDirect's new scale-out storage system and learn more about scale-out NAS systems.

Dell backup portfolio expands with integrated appliances

Dell Inc.'s backup portfolio expanded last week with the launch of two integrated backup appliances -- one based on its AppAssure software, the other with partner CommVault -- and an upgrade to the Quest NetVault Backup software that it recently acquired.

The announcements made at the Dell Storage Forum in Paris answer some but not all of the questions around Dell's backup strategy in the wake of the company's acquisitions of AppAssure and Quest Software this year. By upgrading its appliance running CommVault Simpana, Dell signaled that partnership will continue, although Simpana can be considered competitive with NetVault Backup.

Dell's new appliances are the PowerVault DL4000 for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and the PowerVault DL2300 for enterprises and remote offices. The DL4000 is a 1U appliance running AppAssure 5.3 backup and disaster recovery software. It's Dell's first appliance based on software from AppAssure, which the company acquired in February.

Read the full story on Dell's backup partnerships and then read up on news from the Partner Day at the Dell Storage Forum in Boston earlier this year.

VM backups drive Idera rebrand of R1Soft, price change

Idera rebranded its R1Soft backup product and changed the pricing structure to emphasize virtual machines last week with its launch of Idera Backup Server 5.0.

Idera, which sells performance monitoring and backup software for servers, acquired R1Soft in 2007 but kept the R1Soft brand until now.

Idera CEO Rick Pleczko said the R1Soft technology is used in more than 1,000 hosted data centers and backs up more than 275,000 servers. Idera has spent two years making it a better fit for enterprises, he said, adding scalability, platform support and more emphasis on virtual machine (VM) backups.

Read the full story on the rebranding of Idera's R1Soft backup product.

Cobalt Iron offers public or private cloud, on-prem backup Vaults

Cobalt Iron came out of stealth last week with backup software and appliances designed for on-premise and public or private cloud data protection, using hardware and software technology from IBM as part of its products.

Cobalt Iron Vaults come in five configurations, including a software-only virtual appliance that protects from 1 terabyte (TB) to 3 TB of capacity before deduplication. The hardware appliances come in small (5 TB to 20 TB), medium (5 TB to 40 TB), large (10 TB to 60 TB) and enterprise (25 TB to 100 TB) models.

Cobalt Iron partners with IBM, both for hardware and software. The Cobalt Iron Vaults use IBM System x servers, and the startup licenses parts of IBM Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) software.

Read more about Cobalt's backup for private cloud data.

LSI Syncro pools shared server storage

LSI Corp. last week introduced its Syncro platform of shared server storage devices, beginning with an appliance that handles server boot functions in storage clouds and another that provides high availability for direct-attached storage.

The LSI Syncro MX-B Rack Boot Appliance and Syncro CS direct-attached storage (DAS) controllers are based on LSI's MegaRAID data protection software. The boot appliance is generally available, with the CS product due in mid-2013.

The Syncro MX-B Rack Boot Appliance can improve the availability of a storage cloud and large data center by increasing the reliability of its boot servers. The appliance provides a unique boot image for each attached server, simplifying management and saving power.

Read the full story on the first products in LSI's platform of shared server storage devices.

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