Storage Clips: Hitachi introduces Centera competitor

HDS has entered the CAS market with a product based on Archivas software.

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Hitachi introduces Centera competitor
Hitachi Data Systems Inc. (HDS) announced it has entered the content-addressed storage (CAS) market, previously occupied solely by EMC Corp.'s Centera product. The Hitachi Content Archive Platform is based on OEM software from Archivas. The new archive will also include full-text search capabilities across all content and scalability to over 300 terabytes (TB) and 350 million files per archive.

There is at least one customer out there who has been waiting for CAS from HDS. Brent Johnson, principal information systems engineer for Qwest Communications, said at the Fall 2005 Storage Networking World, that his shop already uses Centera but would welcome the opportunity to look at a CAS product from HDS, as his is primarily an HDS shop.

Hitachi also announced partnerships with several application, file system, enterprise content management and database archiving companies for interoperability purposes with the new CAS system. In particular, HDS has announced a new independent software vendor partner program that includes such companies as Arkivio, Scentric and CaminoSoft.

Symantec settles tax suit for $36M
Symantec Corp. is paying $36 million, not including interest, to settle an outstanding claim with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Symantec had said it would contest the notice of deficiency from the IRS claiming it owed $900 million in back taxes, as well as interest and penalties based on an audit of Veritas.

Azaleos, partners reconfigure email with storage
Azaleos Corp. announced Azaleos BladeMail, an appliance comprised of IBM BladeCenter servers, Network Appliance Inc. storage, Microsoft Exchange Server software and Azaleos software, which transfers the Exchange database to the storage array and serves it to individual workstations via diskless IBM blades. The makers claim the system offers up to five 9s of availability for email.

"BladeMail makes it so there's no moving parts on the server," according to Keith McCall, chief technology officer for Azaleos.

And what makes the storage array more reliable than the server? "The storage array includes 14 disks per shelf set up in a RAID-4 configuration," McCall said. "You can lose two or three of them, and the system will keep running. There will be a higher mean time between failures with the storage array."

Azaleos is also offering free migration from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007 for BladeMail customers.

IDC: Storage software posts double-digit growth
According to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker, the worldwide storage software market grew 10.2% year over year to $2.4 billion in the first quarter of 2006, marking 10 consecutive quarters of double-digit year-over-year growth.

In the first quarter of 2006, the storage replication market demonstrated a 15.2% year-over-year growth. In addition, the smaller but fast-growing archive and HSM market posted a 30.2% year-over-year growth.

EMC led the overall market this quarter with 25.4% revenue share in the first quarter of 2006. Symantec took the second position with 20.1% revenue share, while IBM finished in the third position with 12.6% revenue share. NetApp finished in the fourth position with 7.6% revenue share. CA and Hewlett-Packard rounded out the top five in a statistical tie with 5.5% and 5.4% revenue share, respectively. Three out of the top five vendors (IBM, CA and NetApp) posted more than 30% year-over-year revenue growth each.

Ameren uses Brocade to migrate data
Ameren Corp., a Mo.-based utility, used Brocade Communications Systems Inc.'s Tapestry StorageX to consolidate 5 TB of file data from 50 remote sites running Novell NetWare down to 37 remote sites running Windows Server 2003. Following the Novell to Windows migration project, Ameren continues to use Tapestry StorageX to manage remote site data backups to the central data center, as well as for server failover.

NASA named Pillar's 100th customer
Pillar Data Systems Inc. announced that NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is its 100th customer. The Center, located outside of Washington, D.C., uses Pillar's Axiom array as a NAS device, consolidating information onto one system from the European Space Agency's Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, launched in 1995, and Transition Region and Coronal Explorer, launched in 1998. This month also marks Pillar's first anniversary of shipping product.

McData 6140 director
McData Corp. announced that its 4 Gbps 6140 director switch is now generally available to customers through McData direct sales, the independent channel and OEM partners. Pricing for the switch was not included in a press release.

EqualLogic certified by Symantec
EqualLogic Inc. announced it has achieved certification for interoperability with Symantec Backup Exec 10d for Windows. EqualLogic's PS Series SAN has also been tested and certified with other Symantec products, including Veritas Volume Manager and Veritas Cluster Server.

Expand Networks launches partner program
Expand Networks Inc. announced the Compass Partner Program, meant to encourage the integration of WAFS and WAN optimization products by channel partners following the company's recent acquisition of WAFS vendor DiskSites.

Vitesse markets SAS expanders
Vitesse Semiconductor Corp. expanded its line of NexSAS of SAS expanders with the introduction of the VSC7156 24-PHY, VSC7157 36-PHY and VSC7158 18-PHY models. The new devices are specifically designed for enterprise server and enclosure applications, and will be marketed chiefly to OEMs.

Interact-TV unveils TellyRAID
Interact-TV Inc. announced TellyRAID, a NAS device with 2 TB of digital media storage on four hard drives, aimed at consumers who want to store large quantities of photos, music and movies.

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