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VMware Inc. announced this week that its vSphere Data Protection utility will use EMC's Avamar backup software as part of an OEM deal that EMC can use as an entry into the small- and medium-sized business (SMB) market.
But will VMware's server and storage partners see VMware as remaining vendor neutral? Or will VMware appear to favor EMC, which owns most of the company?
O'Brien and Raffo also tackle other developments at VMworld 2012, including the introduction of EMC's "Project X" all-flash array.
Associate editor John Hilliard then highlights some of the week's best stories from our sites, including Scale Computing unveiling its HC3 scale-out converged storage system, which the company said combines compute, server virtualization and capacity in a single unit. The HC3, depending on its configuration, can support from 30 to 100 virtual workloads.
Raffo also reports on Quantum Corp. launching its Q-Cloud brand of backup and disaster recovery services. The new offering is positioned between enterprise SAN array-based replication and low-cost consumer and SMB services.
Senior news writer Sonia Lelii writes about Maginatics Inc. releasing its MagFS online file-sharing platform in an already crowded cloud file-sharing market. Maginatics claims its new software can scale up to millions of end-point users. The product is said to use a distributed file system and cloud storage that supports multiple end-point devices sharing the same namespace.
Finally, editorial director Rich Castagna reports on last week's Flash Memory Summit, where vendors showed off some of the newest technologies in the solid-state storage field at Silicon Valley's Santa Clara Convention Center.