Storage roundup: Xyratex reports higher than expected storage system sales

Xyratex says its storage system sales exceeded its forecast; QNAP expands NAS lineup; Imation extends RDX removable disk license; Nasuni, Nirvanix connect for cloud NAS; and more.

In a sign that storage sales may be on the rebound, disk storage systems vendor Xyratex Ltd. said it expects to report higher revenues for last quarter than it previously forecasted. Xyratex's revised forecast calls for revenue in the range of $313 million to $318 million in comparison to its previous guidance of between $245 million and $285 million.

Xyratex doesn't sell storage systems under its own brand, but its enclosures are included in systems sold by vendors such as NetApp, EMC Corp.'s Data Domain and IBM XIV.

QNAP adds rack-mounted turbo NAS servers

QNAP Systems Inc. and Video Players expanded their Business Series Turbo NAS lineup by adding two 1U rack-mounted, 4-drive models. The TS-459U-RP and TS-459U-SP models can hold up to 8 TB of storage and are compatible with VMware's vSphere4.

Imation licenses RDX removable disk through 2020

Imation Corp. extended its RDX removable disk license agreement with ProStor Systems Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, Imation will have a license to manufacture, market and sell RDX removable hard disk systems through 2020. ProStor InfiniVault is a data management and retention storage system that integrates RDX removable disk technology. RDX includes a 2.5-inch hard disk drive cartridge and docking station with USB and SATA connections, and is available in 160 GB, 320 GB, 500 GB and 640 GB capacities.

Nasuni partners with Nirvanix for cloud storage

Nasuni Corp. added Nirvanix Inc. as a cloud storage provider. Nasuni said Nirvanix will provide Nasuni customers with unlimited cloud capacity. Users of the Nasuni Filer, a virtual NAS file server that runs on VMware, can start implementing Nirvanix and send files to the Nirvanix cloud. The Nirvanix Storage Delivery Network (SDN) stores, delivers and processes storage requests in a network location, and comprises standards-based access to integrated services.

GreenBytes inline deduplication GB-X Series is Citrix Ready

GreenBytes Inc. said its GB-X Series of inline dedupliction storage appliances have been certified as Citrix Ready. The GB-X Series completed a process to ensure compatibility with Citrix Systems Inc.'s StorageLink. GreenBytes/Citrix StorageLink product features include capacity optimization with array-based clones, solid-state drive-based IOPS acceleration, and multi-core SAS2 10 GbE iSCSI architecture.

Analyst firm predicts IT spending will rise in 2010

Industry analyst firm Ovum predicts IT spending will rise this year for the first time since the onset of the economic downturn. A survey of IT decision makers showed that one-third of respondents expect their budgets to increase and that IT spending is trending upwards, though most increases will be slight.

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