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IBM announced that its data backup software for individuals and small business users -- IBM Continuous Data Protection (CDP) for Files -- will be available through major online retailers, such as CompUSA, Staples and Circuit City, through a multi-year distribution agreement with Digital River Inc. IBM's software costs $35 per laptop or desktop PC.
Gartner Group says the market for data protection software is heating up -- it's expected to grow to $300 million within three years, according to the research firm. Microsoft's new LiveCare software handles backup as does software from Symantec, EMC, CA and others.
IBM's product captures and saves changes to documents near continuously and also sends an encrypted copy of the information to a remote server or alternate backup device, such as a Universal Serial Bus (USB) key, for double protection. Users can restore files that are corrupted or accidentally deleted, back to any point in time -- adding multiple layers of defense against data loss, IBM said.
Separately, IBM announced its storage revenues took a dip in the second quarter. Disk revenues were down 1%, tape revenues declined 4% during the quarter, and high-end storage revenues were also down. On the upside, the midrange business grew 15% and IBM's DS8000 family, grew 10% year over year.Former Brocade officials could face 20 years in jail
Greg Reyes, a former CEO of Brocade Communications Systems Inc. and Stephanie Jensen, a former vice president of human resources, each face a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $5 million fine for securities fraud. The criminal complaint was filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in San Francisco and is part of an ongoing probe into the backdating of stock options.
News analysis from SearchStorage.com this week:
Users rely on VARS for help with HP and EMC services
Midsized firms reach out to backup service providers
NetApp tightens up tape tracking
EMC pulls back on profit estimates for the year