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SNW notebook: Fujitsu, Avere strike up a match

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – News and notes from this week’s Fall Storage Networking World (SNW):

Avere and Fujitsu America have forged a “meet in the channel” partnership matching Avere’s NAS acceleration device with Fujitsu storage arrays.

The vendors and their channel partners are bundling a two-node Avere FXT 3100 Edge filer cluster with Fujitsu Core filer with UDS NAS controllers and Eternus DX80 S2 Disk Storage System. Avere and Fujitsu call it the “100/100/100” bundle because it provides 100 TB of capacity and 100,000 IOPS for $100,000. Larger bundles are available, up to 2 PB and 2.5 million IOPS.

Avere CEO Ron Bianchini said the idea for the bundles came about because Avere and Fujitsu had common media and entertainment customers using their products. “We’ve been meeting often in customer sites,” he said. “They [Fujitsu] do data management well, and we do off-load well.” …

Former LeftHand Networks CEO Bill Chambers has taken over the CEO role at Starboard Storage. Chambers was LeftHand’s CEO when Hewlett-Packard bought the iSCSI vendor for $360 million in 2008. He joined Starboard as executive chairman shortly before the vendor came out of stealth earlier this year as a re-launched version of Reldata. He replaces Victor Walker as CEO. Walker had been CEO of Reldata since early 2011 and stayed on through the re-launch. Starboard hasn’t announced the CEO change, but Chambers is listed as CEO on the company website. …

Sepaton began shipping its S2100-E3 virtual tape library (VTL) with Hitachi Data Systems HUS 100 storage on the backup and its latest software version.

The system can scale to 2 PB and the new software supports DBeXstream technology that speeds deduplication of multistreamed and multiplexed enterprise databases. Sepaton has used HDS storage in its VTLs since 2010, but the HUS platform hit the market in August.

Pricing for the S2100-ES3 Series starts at $335,000, and S2100-ES2 customers can add new HUS 110 storage to their libraries. …

Imation has kept busy this year integrating data security acquisitions into its disk and removable drive storage, establishing its CyperSafe brand of encryption, identity and authentication, and key management capabilities.

Next up is moving the data deduplication it acquired from Nine Technology last December into its backup products. Brian Findlay, executive director of Imation’s storage product management, said the vendor will integrate dedupe into its DataGuard appliances that use hard drive and RDX removable storage. Imation is also working on an integrated storage appliance using Nine backup technology.

The 2013 roadmap also includes a private cloud backup offering that Imation will either host or sell software to server providers to host. Imation now supports public clouds through cloud seeding and replication between sites.

“The cloud is coming,” Findlay said. “SMBs are still comfortable with onsite backup. It’s one thing to get your data up there, but another thing to restore. But you can move a lot of data to the cloud with RDX.”

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