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Content posted in May 2009
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IBM Offers Solid-State Drives On Power Systems
News  |  5/22/2009  | 
The approach is recognition that companies using SSDs in the data center are also likely to use traditional drives, which are considerably less expensive.
Cellular VoIP Network Launched In Syracuse
News  |  5/22/2009  | 
TCM Mobile based its network on the unlicensed 2.4-GHz spectrum band to avoid the heavy costs associated with licensed wireless technology.
Vizioncore Unveils vRanger Pro 4.0 DPP
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
Virtualization veteran develops the next generation of backup and recovery platform for virtual environments; raising the bar for data protection in virtualized environments.
IBM Helps Companies Gain Control of Their Information With Solid State Flash Technology
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
Solid state combined with new data management tools improve performance by up to 800% using DB2 database software.
eGistics and Global 360 Form Strategic Alliance for Hosted Delivery
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
The partnership will enable Global 360 to provide a secure, hosted enterprise Software-as-a-Service delivery environment for Global 360 applications and to offer long-term hosted storage in eGistics' secure, Tier 4 data centers.
Kingston Technology Offers SSDNow M Series Bundle
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
The bundle combines the solid-state drives with the software tools necessary to clone the contents of one's hard-disk drive to the SSD, as well as installation hardware.
Hitachi GST to Buy Substrate Manufacturing Facility from Western Digita
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
The manufacturing facility located in Sarawak, Malaysia, currently produces aluminum substrates used in hard disk drives.
VMware Delivers VMware vSphere 4
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
VMware vSphere 4 to help customers transform IT into a dynamic, flexible service, while dramatically lowering costs.
Broadridge Acquires Access Data Corp.
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
Acquisition expands Broadridge's solutions for mutual fund industry.
NetApp Seeks Growth With Acquisition of Data Domain
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
The $1.5 billion deal to expand its product portfolio overshadows a poor quarterly earnings report that shows declining sales.
NetApp Buys Data Domain
Commentary  |  5/21/2009  | 
Dedupe just become front and center and the rest of the storage gang is going to have to have a solution or explain why they do not.
Interop: IBM Predicts Data Center Expansion Via Containers
News  |  5/21/2009  | 
Big Blue is following Rackable, HP, and Sun, which have begun to sell shipping containers already pre-loaded with servers, networking and other data center equipment.
Of Backups and Archives
Commentary  |  5/21/2009  | 
The time has come for us all to stop holding backup tapes for years at a time and pretending they're an archive.
UC Market Looks Wide Open
Commentary  |  5/21/2009  | 
Synergy's market share numbers indicate that, on a global basis, this is still pretty much anybody's ballgame.
Reports: InfiniBand Continues to Grow
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
InfiniBand Trade Association also announces highest InfiniBand vendor attendance and product submissions for most recent Plugfest event.
Managing a Tape Environment Is No Longer an Oxymoron
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
Crossroads combination of a ReadVerify Appliance along with its three tape environment services should provide enterprises the tools they need to better manage and maintain their tape environments.
Coraid Says ATA-over-Ethernet Offers Better Throughput Than Fibre Channel
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
Iometer benchmark tests demonstrate AoE delivers 36% better throughput for reads and 90% for writes.
Bus-Tech Unveils New Mainframe Data Library Model
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
Allows existing VTL users to add mainframe capabilities.
EMC, Brocade Expand Data Center Partnership
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
Companies expand investments in joint engineering and solutions development to maximize data center flexibility and efficiency for enterprise application environments.
A Big Number
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
There is good news for storage pros -- the amount of data being created is growing faster than expected. The bad news for IT departments -- the growth of data is even faster than expected.
Computer-Graphics Firm Turns To Storage Automation To Meet Growing Workload
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
Rainmaker upgraded its BlueArc primary storage system and is using automated management software to save time in administering storage resources and improve ease of use.
Best of Interop 2009 Show Winners
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
This year's champs come from every corner of IT -- cloud computing, virtualization, network management, security, wireless -- and more. Judges also handed out a green award, and picked a favorite startup before announcing the coveted Best Of Interop winner.
Startup Claims Game-Changing Memory Advancement
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
Unity Semiconductor is hoping its technology will become a replacement for the flash memory used today in solid-state drives for laptops and smartphones like Apple's iPhone.
Digital Reef, FAST Add eDiscovery and Unstructured Data Management for SharePoint
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
Digital Reef federates Fast indices to provide eDiscovery and data management for FAST technologies and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 environments
Riverbed, Check Point Partner on Virtualized Security and WAN Optimization
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
New best-of-breed solution streamlines deployment of remote and branch office security.
LSI, Terascala Team On Offer HPC Parallel Storage Appliance
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
Terascala DTS 4000 high-performance, large-scale parallel file storage appliance to utilize LSI Engenio 7900 HPC Storage System
Zettapoint Announces Version 2.1 of DBclassify With Cross-Platform Support
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
Dramatically reduces total cost of ownership while improving asset utilization.
Atempo Delivers Digital Archiving for Cloud Storage
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
Atempo Joins the EMC Velocity-2 Atmos Partner Program
Trade Group Validates FCoE Interoperability in Multi-Vendor Testing
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
Leading Fibre Channel vendors participate in second FCIA-sponsored FCoE Plugfest
Cisco Completes Acquisition of Tidal Software
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
Tidal Software is the creator of intelligent application management and automation solutions.
Interop: Skype Looks For More Business Users
News  |  5/20/2009  | 
About 35% of Skype's users already use the peer-to-peer communication tool for business purposes, and the company sees that number increasing.
Nortel Tries to Breathe Life into Network Equipment Line
Commentary  |  5/20/2009  | 
Nortel has gone through a harrowing series of events in the last six months, culminating in the companys filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. While that event makes buying the companys wares a risky proposition, the vendor unveiled a comprehensive series of enhancements designed to keep the company afloat.
Sun Renews Commitment To Tape Storage
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
Despite the pending acquisition by Oracle, Sun enhances its data center tape systems and announces plans to develop new tape products.
Xiotech Unveils Entry-Level Storage System Emprise 7000 Edge
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
Storage system delivers all the benefits of ISE technology and web services management to businesses trying to do more with less.
Avocent Introduces Avocent MergePoint Infrastructure Explorer
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
Powerful new software provides an integrated platform for increased data center management with fast ROI.
QStar Offers HSM Archive Platform on Apple Mac OS X
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
QStar is the first to bring enterprise class, tiered storage management to Apple business customers.
Tandberg Data Completes Restructuring
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
Tandberg Data focuses on execution of strategic vision of broadening data protection portfolio.
Kazeon Upgrades E-Discovery Suite, Adds Case Management
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
In a nod to tough economic times, the vendor is offering separate modules as alternative to buying a complete package.
Amazon Adds CloudWatch Monitoring, Other Services
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
The Amazon move follows an earlier offering by open source Web site management firm Hyperic.
Sun Adds Virtualization and Software Technologies to Industry Leading Tape Archive Portfolio
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
Corner Banca SA and Accor North America among growing list of enterprise storage customers that look to Sun for high-performance, highly efficient tape archive solutions.
Kazeon Unleashes Fourth Generation Software for eDiscovery
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
Software includes advancements in and modular products for analysis & review, legal hold, and collection & culling.
IBM, Blade Team on FCoE-Ready 10 Gigabit Ethernet Blade Switch
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
Blade's new switch provides cloud ready network architecture with 100 gigabits of uplink bandwidth.
StarWind Unveils VTL Software for SMBs, Remote and Branch Offices
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
StarWind introduces VTL with improved speed, reliability and improved cackup and recovery processes
Backup Conversions
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
Converting from one backup application to another always makes me think of jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.
Cavium Networks Launches 10GbE Intelligent Network Adapters
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
Cavium's PCIe & PCI-X adapters boost packet-processing, compression, security, iSCSI & FCoE performance by up to 15x.
Fusion-io, Samsung Team On Network-Attached, Solid State Storage for Servers
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
Cooperating closely to drive solid-state innovation, the two companies are contributing toward a steady evolution from server-attached to server-deployed, network-attached storage.
Panasas Adds SSDs To ActiveStor Series 9 Platform
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
Unique automatic tiered storage architecture provides new levels of performance and reliability.
Interop 2009 Show Winners
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
This year's champs come from every corner of IT -- cloud computing, virtualization, network management, security, wireless -- and more. Judges also handed out a green award, and picked a favorite startup before announcing the coveted Best Of Interop winner.
Vendor Unification Brings Innovation to Ethernet
Commentary  |  5/19/2009  | 
The new technology battleground of CEE / FCoE has thrown these vendors, in some cases naked, into the Ethernet market.
Data Dimensions Buys Olim, LLC
News  |  5/19/2009  | 
Acquisition further strengthens Data Dimensions' position in the BPO marketplace and supports its strategy to diversify through targeted acquisitions.
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