Storage Clips: IBM storage chief moves to global services

Big Blue's general manager of storage has left the storage group for the global services business; Sun unveils storage and compute grid.

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IBM storage chief moves on to global services
Daniel Colby, general manager of the storage systems group at IBM has transferred to the coveted global services business, according to a company spokesperson. Colby was general manager of storage for two years. He was replaced a week ago by Andy Monshaw, who was previously the chief financial officer for the systems and technology group. When asked what he knows about the storage marketplace, an IBM official said, "In 2001 Monshaw was in charge of finance for the storage group, he knows a lot about business models and growth opportunities." [Ed note: Just don't ask him what a SAN is…]


Sun unveils storage grid
Sun Microsystems Inc. announced it is simplifying the way users select, acquire and use IT infrastructure through its new Sun Grid utility offerings. Sun Grid offers users and partners an open, grid-based computing infrastructure on a utility basis, giving them more control over how they buy IT. The new utility offerings include the Sun Grid storage utility, a $1 per gigabyte per month offering and the Sun Grid compute utility, a $1 per CPU per hour pay-per-use offering . Sun will be rolling out additional Sun Grid offerings for the desktop and developer communities in the coming months.


Backup reporting vendor reports that users need more backup reporting
Backup resource management vendor Tek-Tools Inc. announced the results of a company-conducted poll for users of its Profiler Rx suite. In a surprising turn, the findings reveal that backups in many networking environments are poor and that problems are only solved through monitoring and reporting of backup traffic. According to the results, more than 60% of all Tek-Tools users deploy Profiler Rx primarily to monitor their company's backups. The product identifies how much data is being backed up, if backups were successful, how long backups take, predict when the backup window will be exceeded and report on service level agreements. Tek-Tools users backup an average 60 terabytes of data each week.


Data Domain notches up 40 resellers
Data protection vendor Data Domain announced that its SalesEDGE channel partner program has signed more than 40 reseller partners worldwide since the program's inception in May 2004. The SalesEDGE program is designed to support resellers and users during the purchasing process. According to Data Domain, more than 90% of the company's revenue was driven through the channel in 2004, and of those sales, more than 50% of the company's business was channel initiated.


Sepaton spaces out in Marlborough
Sepaton Inc., a provider of data protection appliances, announced that it has relocated its corporate headquarters from Southborough, Mass. to Marlborough, Mass. With the new facility, the company has tripled its office space to support its growing business.

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