Storage Radio: New EMC VMAX, XtremIO bought; Symantec customers riled

Storage Radio: Listen to this week’s storage headlines, including EMC’s new VMAX 40K, its acquisition of XtremIO and Symantec user backlash.

In this week in review podcast, senior news director Dave Raffo speaks with executive editor Ellen O’Brien about the leading data storage industry news, starting with the EMC Corp. VMAX 40K product announcement and the firm's acquisition of XtremeIO.

Listen to the podcast for our recent storage headlines, as well as what’s trending around the Web. Also, check out links to the original stories and blog posts below.

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Storage Radio: EMC to launch VMAX 40K, buys XtremIO

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EMC to unveil latest VMAX, buys XtremIO: The EMC VMAX 40K, the latest version of the vendor’s enterprise storage-area network (SAN) platform, will be EMC’s fastest yet -- with twice the capacity and cache memory of the VMAX 20K. The platform will launch at EMC World 2012 later this month. EMC also confirmed its purchase of flash startup XtremIO. The Israeli publication that first reported on the impending deal said the price of the transaction was close to $430 million.

Symantec talks backup strategy, responds to user backlash: Symantec Corp. is putting the spotlight on its integrated backup appliances at Symantec Vision 2012 in Las Vegas. In light of the dip in backup revenue figures last year, Symantec plans to emphasize its “dedupe everywhere” backup strategy and upgrade its backup appliances. Recent upgrades to Backup Exec 2012 caused Symantec customers to lash out, but the vendor defended those changes, saying they were necessary and that Symantec users will grow accustomed to them.

Panzura boosts cloud NAS products with multisite features: Cloud network-attached storage (NAS) startup Panzura this week released upgraded versions of its Quicksilver Cloud Storage Controller appliances, as well as the Panzura Operating System, in an effort to boost multisite file collaboration. Panzura says the enhancements will allow customers to move data as much as 10 times faster than using its other cloud gateways.

Whiptail launches new all-flash array: Solid-state drive (SSD) vendor Whiptail Technologies launched the second version of its Accela all-flash array, enhancing its single-chassis system and adding a scale-out SAN. Accela will replace the XLR8r flash array that Whiptail released in 2009.

Thoughts on cloud hype; Feds 'scare the Bejeezus' out of CEOs and businesses: On Wired.com, IBM’s Chris Dotson spills on how he thinks the term “cloud” is misleading and not specific enough -- there isn’t a single cloud but many types, and it isn’t magic. And two stories at NPR.org report on how U.S. officials, through cybersecurity briefings, are scaring CEOs by turning their computers into a “brick,” and how they might have private businesses foot the bill on the cyberwar.

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