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HP, IBM Make Small Enterprise Storage Push

Vendors tout the simplicity and cost savings promise of software, hardware, and services for small and mid-sized companies.

IBM introduced new versions of its entry-level disk arrays, the DS3200 and DS3400, which come with integrated management software and more component options so SMEs can get systems that fit their specific capacity requirements. The vendor is also debuting new storage services for small enterprises, including an implementation offering around enterprise content management, storage optimization and integration, and data migration. IBM is also leveraging its Softek acquisition to deliver unified data mobility solutions.

bullet Analysis: Data De-Duping
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