Symantec helps NetApp with thin provisioning; and other data storage news

NetApp hooks into Symantec's Thin Reclamation API; 3PAR remodels InForm Management Console; Iron Mountain forms e-discovery consulting practice; and other data storage news.

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NetApp said it is supporting Symantec Corp.'s Thin Reclamation API to help customers using thin provisioning get better storage utilization.

The API helps Symantec's Veritas Storage Foundation communicate with storage arrays about which blocks have been deleted and can be freed up and put back into the storage pool. The idea is to keep thinly provisioned volumes thin by holding off on reserving storage until it is needed. 3PAR, Compellent Technologies Inc., EMC Corp. (for Clariion), Hitachi Data Systems and IBM have previously announced support for the Thin Reclamation API.

3PAR updates management console for remote replication

3PAR upgraded its InForm Management Console that manages remote replication configuration and administration. InForm Management Console has been integrated with 3PAR Remote Copy, which provides autonomic configuration of disaster recovery by helping customers set up remote replication with InServ T-Class and InServ F-Class arrays.

Enhance Technology releases Fibre Channel SAN system

Enhance Technology Inc. released the UltraStor ES3160 FS dual-active Fibre RAID SAN enterprise storage system. The UltraStor ES3160 FS is a 3U 16-drive rackmount system; it expands to 60 TB of raw capacity with three SAS JBOD systems.

Iron Mountain offers e-discovery consulting

Iron Mountain Inc. has formed a new consulting group to help companies with records management and e-discovery. Iron Mountain Consulting will offer advice in records classification, retention and destruction policies, compliance monitoring, risk assessment, email and structured data management, as well as litigation readiness planning.

QStar gives Moonwalk a plug

QStar Technologies said it is integrating Moonwalk Inc.'s data migration software with its file archiving and management platforms.

Avere picks up $17 million from VCs

Storage appliance startup Avere Systems Inc. closed a $17 million Series B funding round, bringing its total funding to $32 million. Tenaya Capital led the round, with previous investors Menlo Ventures and Norwest Venture Partners participating. Avere's FXT Series appliances use solid-state drives and traditional hard drives to optimize performance.

Survey: Most lack formal data retention plan

According to a survey conducted by Symantec Corp., only 46% of enterprises have a formal data retention plan, although 87% say it would be valuable. The survey of 1,680 IT and legal executives in 26 countries also disclosed that 75% of backed up data consists of infinite retention or legal hold backups, and 25% of the data they back up is not needed for business.

Pliant Technology hires engineering VP

Solid-state storage system vendor Pliant Technology Inc. appointed Mark Delsman as vice president of engineering. Delsman previously held engineering management positions at Dot Hill Systems, NetApp and Adaptec.

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