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Data Storage Companies Positioned for Big Growth

Analyst Study on Brocade Communications Systems Inc. and NetApp Inc.

Samsung Develops MLC-Based SSDs for Enterprise Systems

The company expands its line-up to include high-density SSDs using MLC NAND flash memory.

Dell to Acquire Cloud-Based Medical Archiving Company

InSite One helps customers reduce costs associated with long-term data storage and migration.

CaseCentral Named E-Discovery Top Player in 2010 Market Quadrant

The Radicati Group has named CaseCentral as a Top Player in its “E-discovery Solutions – Market Quadrant 2010” market brief.

The SSD market needs standards

The JEDEC Solid State Association has published two sets of standards for endurance and reliability.

EMC's Joe Tucci Wins InternetNews.com CEO Vision Award

From Apple to EMC to LinkedIn, see our picks for the top 10 most visionary tech CEOs in 2010.

InMage vContinuum Combines Backup, DR for VMs

InMage is out to make backing up virtual machines (VMs) a snap.

New Working Group To Tackle PCIe-based SSD Standards

The aim of the newly formed vendor group is top develop standards for PCIe-based solid state disks (SSDs).

Connectivity is Key in Overland's New SAN Array

The SnapSAN S1000 array supports multi-protocol connectivity and energy efficient drive technologies.

Storage Acquisition Targets: The Channel Weighs In

This list of the top 10 storage acquisition candidates is based mostly on the opinions of InfoStor readers, the majority of which are channel professionals – VARs and integrators.

HP Offers Converged Infrastructure Certification Program

The new HP ExpertONE program offers certifications and training for converged infrastructures and a “fast track” incentive for Cisco Certified networking pros.

5 Ways Cloud Computing Will Change Your Job

Cloud computing, though a relatively new concept, is already affecting the role of IT in the data center. How will the cloud change the way you work?

Gartner Expects Mild IT Spending Growth in 2011

Global enterprise information technology spending in 2011 is expected to grow just 3 percent as IT pros struggle to manage a deluge of growing data.

Quantum Takes On EMC with DXi8500 VTL

The company’s latest high-end VTL will compete head on with EMC’s Data Domain DD880.

IBM Storwize Launch Wows Some, Confuses Others

The confusion lies in the nomenclature as IBM has launched the Storwize V7000 storage array, but nixed the Storwize brand as it pertains to real-time data compression.

Energy Efficient Ethernet Standard Ratified by IEEE

The Energy Efficient Ethernet (EEE) standard has been ratified as IEEE 802.3az, and along with it has already come vendor support from silicon vendor Broadcom.

Marathon Technologies Tackles Server Downtime

The company’s software-only offering brings fault tolerance and high availability to SMP and multi-core CPU servers in Windows environments.

QLogic Unveils NICs, CNAs for Converged Networks

The company’s march toward network convergence continues with 10Gbps CNAs and NICs.

Vendors Refresh Midrange RAID Arrays

Data Robotics, Dot Hill and MicroNet Technology have each refreshed their mid-range RAID storage products for small and medium-size businesses (SMB).

CommVault Adds Source-Side Dedupe to Simpana 9

The new version of CommVault’s flagship data protection platform includes array-based snapshot integration and source-side data deduplication.

Calculating the True Cost of Storage Systems

The cost-per-megabyte equation has gone out the window. There are a variety of new metrics that must be used to calculate the true cost of a storage system.

6 Storage and Data Protection Tips for SMBs

Small business with a data storage problem? Here are six tips for buying storage and maintaining and protecting your data.

Former SAP Boss to Take the Helm at HP

Léo Apotheker is set to take Mark Hurd’s place as CEO of HP, but can he fill Hurd’s shoes?

Top 10 Data Center Certifications

Experienced and educated data center designers, managers and facilities personnel have jobs waiting for them. Here are 10 options for beefing up your data center education.

IBM to Buy Networking Vendor BLADE Technologies

IBM announced plans to acquire privately-held networking vendor BLADE Network Technologies for an undisclosed sum as it continues to build out its cloud computing portfolio.

VCE Coalition Partners with Orange for Cloud Services

Cisco, EMC and VMware have partnered with Orange Business Services to deliver cloud services based on the Vblock system.

Dell Debuts New PowerVault NAS for SMBs

Dell has added to its SMB storage line as users plan to refresh their IT infrastructures.

HDS Unveils High-End Virtual Storage Platform

The successor to the high-end USP system, Hitachi’s Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) will also be sold by OEM partner HP.

STEC Beefs Up SSD Arsenal

STEC is now shipping new SSDs and now supports DRAM, SLC and MLC NAND Flash.

Violin Rolls Out MLC-Based Flash Memory Arrays

Violin’s addition of MLC-based devices to its line of SSDs is indicative of the general trend toward MLC NAND flash in enterprise disk arrays.

Oracle Set to Launch New High-End Systems

The database giant reported big numbers for the first quarter and has big product announcements planned for next week’s Oracle OpenWorld conference.

Brocade MLXe Core Router Boasts 15.36 Terabits Per Second

Brocade’s new MLXe routing platform takes packet processing from what used to be a 40Gbps full duplex pipeline to 100Gbps.

CommVault Expands Cloud Storage Partnerships

CommVault is expanding its presence in the cloud with a new round of software and partnership extensions.

HP Would Have Gone Higher for 3PAR

HP’s interim CEO said the company was willing to go higher than its final $2.4 billion offer to win the highly publicized bidding war with Dell over storage vendor 3PAR.

Is Mark Hurd a Bad Match for Oracle?

Rob Enderle details why he believes the marriage between Oracle and Mark Hurd is a bad match.

HP Overhauls SMB Storage Portfolio

HP refreshed its mid-range storage arrays and introduced a number of storage products geared toward SMBs as part of its "Just Right IT" initiative.

Pliant Rolls Out Low-Cost MLC SSDs

Company expects MLC technology will cut the price of SSDs in half.

VMworld Storage Product Highlights: Round 2

A roundup of the data protection, backup and recovery, business continuity and disaster recovery announcements made at this week’s VMworld conference.

VMworld: VMware Delivers vFabric Cloud Application Platform

VMware delivers vFabric as part of its cloud strategy, leveraging its SpringSource technologies.

Continuing Coverage of the Dell-HP-3PAR Bidding War

Up-to-the-minute coverage of the multi-billion dollar bidding war between Dell and HP.

Akorri Upgrades Storage Utilization Software

Akorri’s latest cross-domain management software lets SAN administrators monitor and optimize performance and capacity utilization.

FalconStor Tackles I/O Bottlenecks for VDI

Virtual desktops get an I/O performance boost from the Network Storage Server (NSS) SAN Accelerator’s SSD technology.

Dell Rides High On Services, Server Sales

Dell reported strong performance for Q2, beating analysts’ quarterly revenue and earnings estimates and showing growth in the Dell EqualLogic storage portfolio.

HP's Q3 Solid in the Wake of Hurd's Departure

HP’s third quarter earnings may have been solid with revenue and profits up, but the company must now turn its focus to finding a new CEO after Mark Hurd’s tumultuous resignation.

SNIA Establishes Cloud Backup Group

The Storage Networking Industry Association is focusing on defining best practices for cloud-based backup and recovery.

Xsigo Claims Virtual I/O Breakthrough

Xsigo Systems is hinting that it has hit on a "breakthrough" in virtual I/O for the data center.

New Intel Chips Optimized for Entry-Level NAS Devices

The latest additions to Intel’s Atom processor line are aimed at NAS devices for SMBs and home offices.

Actifio Decouples Data Management from Storage

Storage software startup Actifio is trying to do for data management what virtualization did for servers.

5 Options for Building Low-Cost NAS Servers

There are several open source technologies available for building low-cost – and in some cases no-cost – NAS servers.

Micron Ships 6Gbps SATA SSDs; Seagate Partners with Samsung

Micron's 6Gbps SATA drives compete with SSD drives from Intel, Samsung and STEC. Meanwhile, Seagate is partnering with Samsung for enterprise-class SSD controllers.

Cisco's Q4 Sales Miss Estimates

Cisco's CEO John Chambers cites "unusual uncertainty" in the economy as Q4 sales miss analyst estimates, though earnings per share were up.

Top 10 Storage Acquisitions of 2010

There have already been 15 storage acquisitions this year. Here is a rundown of the top 10.

HP's Interim Chief to Stay the Course

HP interim CEO Cathie Lesjak says the company will go forward with key initiatives and strategy in aftermath of Mark Hurd's departure.

Oracle Preps Release of Solaris 11

Oracle is investing in Sun's Unix platform and will use technologies from OpenSolaris as part of the next Solaris release.

Report: IT Job Market Recovering

The latest data from TechServe Alliance finds some cause for optimism in the IT employment sector.

Translattice Aims to Change Application Provisioning

Startup Translattice launched this week with the goal of changing the way enterprises provision distributed applications and data.

HP's Hurd Steps Down Amid Harassment Claims

HP chairman, CEO and president Mark Hurd resigned Friday in the wake of sexual harassment charges by a former HP contractor.

Illumos Project Attempts to Keep OpenSolaris Open Source

With the future of OpenSolaris under Oracle unclear, a new effort aims to deliver an alternative to the popular open source software.

Storage Earnings Point to Slow Rebound

Recent quarterly earnings reports seem to indicate that the storage industry is on a slow rebound, driven in part by technology refreshes.

Intel Advances Storage Systems with Jasper Forest Processors

Intel's new C5500/C3500 series processors, formerly code-named Jasper Forest, have been heralded by some as one of the most significant advancements in storage in the last decade.

Evaluating Open Source Backup Appliances

Backup appliances based on open source software have potential advantages over traditional backup software or in-house scripts.

Strategies for Long-Term Data Retention

IDC analyst Noemi Greyzdorf looks at alternatives ranging from scale-out file-based systems to traditional tape archives.

Converged Networks, FCoE Facilitate Cloud Computing

Networking and storage continue to converge, with FCoE bringing them ever closer. Some firms even claim 10GbE Ethernet is helping drive the growth of cloud computing.

Enterprise Flash: MLC or SLC?

Conventional wisdom dictates that SLC technology is the only type of NAND flash suitable for enterprise-class SSDs. However, that line of thought is changing.

IBM Combines Hardware, Software Units

IBM has merged its two non-services divisions – hardware and software – into a single business unit under one manager.

Overland Beefs Up NAS, Tape Library Families

Overland Storage has announced a new SnapServer NAS system and a NEO tape library with LTO-5 tape support.

Riverbed Puts WAN Optimization on VMs

New Virtual Steelhead Appliance set to debut, providing IT buyers with another option for WAN optimization and acceleration.

EMC Breaks Quarterly Revenue Record

EMC broke its Q2 revenue record, reporting consolidated revenue of $4.02 billion, an increase of 24% compared with the year-ago quarter.

Dell to Buy Ocarina for Deduplication, Compression

Dell made a move to acquire storage optimization specialist Ocarina Networks on Monday that raised a number of questions about the company’s plans for data deduplication.

RAID Vendors Ship Arrays with SSDs, Self-Encrypting Drives

There has been some new activity in the RAID arena with companies like Infortrend and Arena-MaxTronic adding to their respective product families, according to a recent report from sister site InfoStor.com.

Cisco Unveils FabricPath for Virtual Data Center Networks

Cisco unveils its latest offerings for converged data and storage networks.

Symantec Weds Backup and Security for Small Businesses

Symantec has combined its data backup and security products for small businesses.

Storage Networking Professionals Could See Pay Raises This Year

The IT jobs picture may soon improve, and storage networking professionals may be among the beneficiaries.

Top Storage Stories of 2009: RAID, Clouds, SSDs and Mergers

2009 was all about dramatic change and mergers for the data storage industry.

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