IDC: HP, IBM in 'statistical tie' in disk market

IDC's quarterly external storage systems tracker also showed that low-end systems made up the bulk of growth in the market; EMC opens $160M new R&D center overseas.

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IDC reports on storage growth
For all the bluster from IBM that accompanied IDC's storage hardware report, the worldwide quarterly disk storage tracker for Q1 2007 from IDC told the same old story: EMC in the lead in the storage market with revenues of $912 million, virtually even with the same quarter last year (where IDC shows its revenues at $911 million).

Hewlett-Packard (HP) lost 1% in revenue, but topped IBM in second place with $575 million in revenue. However, in terms of market share, IDC put HP and IBM in a "statistical tie" at 13.4% and 12.7% revenue share, respectively. EMC was sitting pretty at 21.2% market share but IDC also gave it some bad news. Systems costing less than $50,000 accounted for the majority of the overall market's 5.9% growth from a year ago to $4.3 billion in revenues, according to analyst Brad Nisbet, who was quoted in a press release.

EMC opens $160M R&D center in Singapore
EMC said Thursday it will hire more than 100 engineers and spend U.S.$160 million to open a new 15,000-square-foot research center in Singapore. (EMC already has a smaller engineering operation established in that country.) EMC announced its plans to up its research and development (R&D) efforts worldwide last month.

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In a separate release, EMC announced that legal and financial services firm Corporation Service Co. (CSC), has replaced its manual paper processes with EMC's Captiva InputAccel document capture software, Documentum enterprise content management software and Centera archive storage, all of which have been integrated with a proprietary application.

3PAR, NetApp in cahoots
LUNs from 3PAR's Inserv arrays can now be extracted through Network Appliance's (NetApp) V-Series file system gateway and presented through a NetApp management interface, thanks to a new joint marketing and support agreement between the two companies. The companies said the new partnership sprang from a few large joint customers in finance and government.

In other NetApp news, users will now be able to take NetApp snapshots through the SharePoint interface with NetApp's newly announced SnapManager for SharePoint -- once it's generally available in August.

Xiotech adds risk management product
Continuing to revamp itself as a compliance company, Xiotech announced a new product, the Corporate Evidence Management System (CEMS), which monitors network traffic and places email messages and 390 types of file attachments into a repository where they can be monitored, according to user-set compliance policies.

Verari gets $20M
Verari Systems, makers of HPC systems for OEM vendors, including Panasas, announced it has raised $20 million led by Carlyle Venture Partners, a fund managed by The Carlyle Group, along with Voyager Capital, Sierra Ventures and "a strategic investor." The financing is expected to be expanded up to a total of $25 million to include several other private investors.

Elsewhere, data compression startup Storewiz Inc. pulled down $9 million in a Series B round led by Sequoia Capital.

Bus-Tech ports to HDS archive
Bus-Tech Inc., a provider of mainframe tape-on-disk controllers and data center connectivity products, announced it has ported its Mainframe Data Library and Mainframe Appliance for Storage to Hitachi Data Systems' (HDS) Content Archive Platform.

CaminoSoft certifies with Plasmon
CaminoSoft announced it has completed interoperability testing of its Managed Server HSM software with Plasmon's UDO Archive Appliance.

Sun launches EU telecom retention system
Sun joined HP and Openet/ETI in announcing a product bundle intended for European Union telecoms that are now expected to retain user records online for use by law enforcement. The package is an integration of Sun's SunFire X4500 server (aka Thumper) and archiving software from CopperEye.

Silver Peak unveils 2.0
WAN optimization player Silver Peak unveiled a brushed-up cacheing algorithm, a revamped GUI, application-specific policy management and "zero touch configuration" for remote office boxes with version 2.0 of its self-titled software.

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