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In our weekly podcast, SearchDataBackup.com Assistant Site Editor John Hilliard speaks with Senior News Director Dave Raffo about Dell Inc.’s launch of its first backup dedupe appliance, the DR4000. With this late addition to the disk backup market, Dell hopes to compete with EMC Data Domain, Quantum and Hewlett-Packard. The DR4000 uses inline dedupe and compression technology from Ocarina Networks, which Dell acquired in 2011.

Dell also announced an upgrade to its Compellent Storage Center 6.0 software with 64-bit support -- which doubles memory size -- as well as extended VMware support. The upgrade is part of Dell's plan to make the Compellent Fibre Channel storage-area network (FC SAN) platform a better fit for the enterprise.

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SearchCloudStorage.com has a report on the Sundance Institute opting for StorSimple’s cloud storage gateway instead of purchasing a separate SAN. With capacity increases of approximately 30% a year, Sundance has turned to this cloud appliance for its primary storage of mostly high-definition video files and photos.

The Storage Soup Blog covered OCZ Technology’s acquisition of Sanrad to bolster its push into enterprise flash. OCZ made the $15 million acquisition Monday, aiming for Sanrad’s PCI Express (PCIe) caching software.

Lastly, the UK Data Buzz blog discussed the highlights of Dell’s first Storage Forum in London this week. Darren Thomas, vice president and general manager of Dell’s storage division, outlined the company’s storage strategy of transitioning from EMC reseller to storage vendor, which includes the rollout of its backup dedupe appliance and the upgrade of Compellent with 64-bit support.

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