"I think they've spread themselves too thin," said Rhoda Phillips, research manager for IDC's storage software group. Phillips said that at least part of the profit decline could be attributed to EMC's well-publicized Symmetrix shipping snafu earlier this year, which would affect array-based software products, such as replication. In general, Phillips said, EMC is in "a tough situation" trying to assimilate all of its recent acquisitions, but still, "We'd like to see more signs of improvement."
Sun buffs up StorageTek VTL Sun Microsystems Inc. announced the StorageTek VTL (virtual tape library) Plus appliance, the same original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of FalconStor Software Inc. as in the past, but based on the Sun Fire server platform and the Solaris operating system. The VTL Plus product also incorporates the latest version of FalconStor code. In making this announcement Sun reconfirmed that the StorageTek VSMOpen project is totally dead but promised to add more new features to the FalconStor product in the next few months.
NetApp offers data assessment service Network Appliance Inc. (NetApp) announced a new data assessment service. The new service takes inventory of a customer's unstructured data and builds a metadata database around it that can be used for policy-based management.
Dot Hill announces OEM partnership with OnStor Dot Hill Systems Corp. announced that OnStor Inc. will deploy Dot Hill's latest RAID storage systems in its newly announced OnStor Pantera clustered network attached storage (NAS) product line.
EqualLogic adds SAS EqualLogic Inc. announced the PS3000 Series storage arrays with serial attached SCSI (SAS) disk drives. The announcement was originally slated to be a part of EqualLogic's announcement of Version 3.0 of its firmware, but the product got held up in testing. EqualLogic had, before this announcement, offered only SATA drives. The PS3000 Series includes two new SAS-based storage arrays: the PS3800XV with 15,000 rpm, 146 GB drives offering 2.4 terabytes (TB) of storage; and the PS3600X with 10,000 rpm, 300 GB drives and 4.8 TB of capacity. Both models in the PS3000 Series have a list price of $65,000 and will be available in October.
Asigra adds CDP Asigra Inc. announced that its Televaulting software will add agentless continuous data protection (CDP). The product, aimed at remote and branch offices, will support Windows, Linux and Exchange environments.
Asempra supports Exchange Asempra Technologies announced version 2.0 of its Business Continuity Server CDP box. The product, which previously only supported Windows-based files, will now also back up data from Exchange.
Softek announces Unix-based data migration software Softek Storage Solutions Corp. announced a Version 3.0 of its data migration software for Unix environments. Version 3.0 allows logical disk volumes to be segmented into multiple regions during migration, which makes for a faster process and will do detection of physical errors on migration targets. Also new is an extension to the Common Console feature of Softek's distance data migration software to the local version.
Xiotech subsidiary updates discovery review service Daticon, a subsidiary of Xiotech Corp., announced the release of Virtual Partner 8, a hosted service that gives customers access to its e-discovery and paper conversion data through a Web portal. The new release provides simplified search, retrieval, review and production, the review of native or image file formats and immediate availability of Tagged Image File Format (TIFF)-based files for redaction and annotation.
Concentia Digital, Plasmon announce archive platform Enterprise content management (ECM) software vendor Concentia Digital Inc. and optical disk maker Plasmon announced the Enterprise Content Management Archive Platform, which combines the Concentia Multi-Media Archive Solution (MAS) platform with Plasmon's Ultra Density Optical (UDO) Archive Appliance.
Xyratex qualifies Seagate 4 Gbps Fibre Channel disk Xyratex Ltd. announced that it has qualified the new Seagate 300 GB Cheetah 15K 4 Gbps Fibre Channel (FC) disk drive. The drive has been integrated into Xyratex's RS-1600-F4-SBD 4 Gbps FC SBOD system and is also qualified in all Xyratex's legacy FC RAID, SBOD and JBOD products.