Fusion-io raises $45 million in financing and other data storage news

Solid-state storage vendor Fusion-io hauls in $45 million in funding; Nasuni Filer for virtual NAS now available; Overland Storage supports LTO-5; and more data storage news.

Fusion-io, which makes flash-based solid-state storage memory, closed a $45 million funding round with new investors Meritech Capital Partners, Accel Partners, Andreessen Horowitz and Triangle Peak Partners, as well as returning investors New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Lightspeed Venture Partners.

Fusion-io said it will use the new funding to increase sales and support for its PCIe solid-state products. The vendor has OEM deals with Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM to sell its products in their servers.

Nasuni Filer virtual NAS for cloud storage generally available

Nasuni Corp. said the Nasuni Filer has finished its beta program and is now available for download. The Nasuni Filer features synchronous snapshots, data deduplication, encryption and key management for security. It can also be used for storing second copies offsite for disaster protection. Nasuni's cloud storage partners include Amazon Web Services, Iron Mountain Corp., Nirvanix Inc. and Rackspace Hosting Inc.

Overland Storage adds LTO-5 to NEO S SMB tape systems

Overland Storage Inc. is supporting LTO-5 on its NEO S Series tape systems for SMBs, giving the vendor LTO-5 support across its tape portfolio. NEO S Series LTO-5 systems will be available May 1, 2010, with a starting price of $6,495.

Hitachi Data Systems sells QLogic 8100 Series CNAs

QLogic Corp. said its 8100 Series CNAs are available from Hitachi Data Systems Ltd. and Hitachi resellers. Available in multiple form factors, QLogic 8100 Series CNAs are interoperable with Hitachi's storage systems and converged SAN and Ethernet infrastructures through Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE). They feature single-chip technology that supports simultaneous storage and data networking traffic, and are optimized for data and storage networking virtualization with 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) connectivity.

Dot Hill and Winchester Systems team on ruggedized storage

Dot Hill Systems Corp. said Winchester Systems Inc. will leverage Dot Hill's R/Evolution architecture for its storage systems for U.S. military and commercial surveillance customers. Winchester is using Dot Hill's Fibre Channel and iSCSI SAS systems with its line of rugged servers for storage for applications such as video and broadcast, emergency response, field exploration and data acquisition.

Mezeo Software launches MezoVault cloud storage service

Mezeo Software has launched its MezoVault cloud storage service. Enabled by Mezeo's cloud storage platform, MezoVault provides customers access to files from the desktop, Web or smartphone. The platform also provides flexible access, sharing and collaboration services, and end-to-end security.

Balesio releases primary storage optimization solution

Balesio has released the FILEminimizer Server, a zip-free compression technology to address data storage growth in primary storage. The FILEminimizer works directly on each single file and compresses it without changing the file format; data reduction is attained by optimizing single elements within each file. Custom integration technologies such as Microsoft SharePoint or Microsoft Outlook are also available.

Mellanox enables InfiniBand performance on Dell blade servers

Mellanox Technologies Ltd.'s ConnectX-2 I/O mezzanine adapter card is now available through Dell Inc. for the PowerEdge M-Series Blade Servers. ConnectX-2 provides 40 Gbps InfiniBand connectivity, dedicated adapter resources, and guaranteed isolation and protection. ConnectX-2 also provides I/O virtualization over InfiniBand.

Panasas gets new CEO

Clustered NAS vendor Panasas Inc. named Faye Pairman as president and CEO. Pairman succeeds Randy Strahan, who had been the company's interim CEO. Pairman has been CEO of 3ware and Redline Networks, and senior vice president and general manager of the storage business unit of Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) after AMCC acquired 3ware.

French hospital picks Pillar for mission-critical medical apps

The Centre Hospitalier de Douai in France replaced its IBM storage system with a Pillar Data Systems Axiom. The hospital claims it has achieved a 92% utilization rate without any performance compromises due to Pillar's application-aware feature and quality of service.

Educational service provider chooses AutoVirt file virtualization

AutoVirt Inc. said educational service provider Measured Progress Inc. has chosen the file virtualization vendor as the foundation for its Windows file server consolidation initiative. Measured Progress chose to replace its NetApp Inc. Virtual File Manager (VFM) platform with AutoVirt to decrease the cost of its ongoing Microsoft Distributed File System (DFS) management.

Southern Technology adds El Fresko's MagnaStor

Southern Technology Group said it has integrated El Fresko Technologies' MagnaStor as the archive repository for its Laserfiche document management solution. MagnaStor provides WORM (write-once, read-many) operation and compliance and audit capabilities.

Think Tank NTG uses Unitrends data protection

Unitrends Inc. said Chicago-based technology service provider Think Tank Network Technology Group (NTG) is utilizing Unitrends for its customers' backup and archiving needs. The service provider picked Unitrends when it switched from tape to disk-to-disk offsite backup.

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