Storage Clips: Hitachi announces market share gains

Hitachi gained share on EMC and IBM on the high end; Asigra threw down the gauntlet with Veritas over licensing.

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Hitachi announces market share gains
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced what it called "significant" market share gains in high-end storage systems for Q3. According to financial services firm A.G. Edwards & Sons, HDS gained 7% market share in the high-end storage market in the last quarter, given a 6.5% sequential decline in EMC's Symmetrix high-end storage business and sluggish growth in the IBM TotalStorage DS8000 and DS6000 series enterprise storage offerings. A.G. Edwards & Sons credited strong sales growth for the TagmaStore as the driver of HDS's market share increase.

Asigra goes after Veritas
Asigra put out a press release announcing that "Veritas NetBackup users can escape new higher licensing fees by adopting Asigra Televaulting software, eliminating per server agent licenses." Neither Asigra or Veritas responded to inquiries for comment as of press time; stay tuned here for more information as it becomes available.

Sun adds grid services
Sun Microsystems Inc. announced it has partnered with U.K. data management services provider InTechnology Plc., on two new services for U.K.-based customers of its upcoming Sun Grid Storage Utility, called Sun Grid Remote Backup and Restore Service (RBR) and Sun Grid Remote File Vault (RFV). Sun Grid RBR provides remote data backup, offered through usage-based monthly billing. Sun Grid RFV, a free service, runs on the Solaris 10 Operating System and enables long-term remote archiving. Sun did not indicate whether a U.S. version of the services would be announced, or when, but did say further announcements on Sun Grid would follow in the coming months.

Sun also announced that it has extended an agreement with Virtual Compute Corp. (vCompute), a high-performance computing service provider, to more than 2 million hours of central processing units (CPUs) on the Sun Grid Compute Utility, in addition to 1 million CPU hours vCompute had previously purchased.

NetEx announces data migration program
NetEx announced the release of its HyperIP Data Migration Optimizer program, a service aimed at resellers, designed to enable large-scale data migration acceleration over existing IP networks and provide a simpler, more cost-effective alternative to Fibre Channel over IP. The DMO program is generally available for qualified storage resellers, consultants and Sis. Monthly rental fees start at $2,043 per system with a renewable three-month minimum term.

Anacomp partners with 3Par
3Par announced that maintenance service provider Anacomp Inc. has been appointed as an Authorized Maintenance Provider for customers using 3Par InServ(R) Storage Servers. Anacomp will provide on-site maintenance and logistics services in the U.S. and U.K., as well as call center support in the U.K.

Ontrack signs with resellers
Ontrack Data Recovery announced that resellers Programmer's Paradise and Revinetix will be offering Ontrack's PowerControls Mailbox Recovery Software for Exchange Server. PowerControls restores individual mailboxes, messages, folders, attachments and other elements from existing backups of Microsoft Exchange Server databases.

WysDM signs European partner
WysDM Software Inc. announced that it has signed European integrator InTechnology as its first distributor in Europe.

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