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  • Something's wrong when storage vendors pitch speeds and feeds

    Randy Kerns - Evaluator Group 11 Feb 2014
  • I’m surprised to hear from IT people that storage vendors are still using “speeds and feeds” in their sales pitches. Salesmen for these companies talk about how fast and how big the storage systems ...

  • With little growth in sight, EMC plans layoffs

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 29 Jan 2014
  • EMC’s earnings report Wednesday served as another reminder that storage spending is not growing at anywhere near the rate that data is. With more data spread around on mobile devices and the cloud, ...

  • HP schedules EVA's funeral

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 18 Sep 2013
  • Hewlett-Packard (HP) has officially killed its Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) SAN platform, telling customers it will stop selling the two remaining models next January. HP is steering customers ...

  • EMC's RecoverPoint, SRDF shake hands

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 03 May 2013
  • EMC will make a bunch of product launches next week at its annual EMC World conference in Las Vegas. But there were upgrades the vendor couldn’t wait to announce, so it revealed a handful of data ...

  • Actifio alters packaging, pricing for data protection

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 29 Jan 2013
  • Actifio bills itself as the “radically simple data copy storage company,” but apparently it’s pricing and packaging models weren’t radically simple enough. So Actifio 5.1 released today has new ...

  • Quantum partners with Amplidata for object storage

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 10 May 2012
  • Quantum will add object storage as a tier on top of its StorNext file system with the help of an OEM deal with startup Amplidata. Quantum revealed the OEM deal Wednesday, and said it will have a ...

  • Red Hat 2.0 supports unified file and object-based data

    Sonia Lelii - Senior News Writer 09 Apr 2012
  • Red Hat today rolled out the beta version of Red Hat Storage Software 2.0, used to build scale-out network-attached storage (NAS) for unstructured data. The upgraded version includes new features ...

  • HDS enhances non-disruptive data migration to VSP

    Sonia Lelii - Senior News Writer 17 Feb 2012
  • Hitachi Data Systems Corp. has added a non-disruptive data migration capability to its flagship Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) that minimizes downtime for hosts and applications when moving data ...

  • Red Hat brings GlusterFS to Amazon cloud

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 10 Feb 2012
  • Red Hat has been tweaking and expanding the NAS storage products it acquired from Gluster last October. This week Red Hat brought GlusterFS to the cloud with an appliance for Amazon Web Services ...

  • Why we keep data

    Randy Kerns - Evaluator Group 09 Dec 2011
  • I’ve attended two conferences recently where a speaker talked about storage efficiency and the growing capacity demand problem. The speaker said that a part of the problem is we don’t throw data ...

  • Aptare expands storage management software

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 06 Dec 2011
  • Storage software vendor Aptare is branching out to managing file storage. The vendor today launched Aptare StorageConsole File Analytics, which helps discover and analyze unstructured data. Or, as ...

  • Dell adds 2.5-inch SAS, MLC SSDs to EqualLogic

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 22 Aug 2011
  • Dell revamped its EqualLogic iSCSI SAN hardware today, adding new entry-level and midrange platforms with support for 2.5-inch SAS drives and multi-level cell (MLC) solid state drives (SSDs) for ...

  • Xiotech changes name, improves ISE

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 17 Aug 2011
  • Xiotech is changing its name to X-IO (pronounced X-I-O) Technologies as part of an overhaul that really started in 2008 when it launched its ISE architecture and accelerated with the appointment of ...

  • Best of need vs. best of breed

    Randy Kerns - Evaluator Group 10 Jun 2011
  • I was recently teaching a class on storage technology and systems to a group of IT professionals. I’m always interested in finding out what they know about storage products and what they hear about ...

  • Archiving's two primary use cases

    Randy Kerns - Evaluator Group 05 May 2011
  • Data archiving is often incorrectly assumed to be an extension of backup. That’s mainly because earlier technology limitations necessitated the use of backup software to store data on devices. ...

  • Scale-out vs. scale-up: the basics

    Randy Kerns - Evaluator Group 23 Feb 2011
  • There's been a lot of talk about scale-out and scale-up storage lately, and I get a sense that a lot of people don't understand that these terms are not synonymous. And that causes confusion among ...

  • HP sticks with Hitachi for high-end storage array

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 27 Sep 2010
  • Hewlett-Packard is launching is version of Hitachi Data System’s new VSP system today, which should end speculation that HP will sever its OEM deal with Hitachi’s parent company for its enterprise ...

  • Does Nimble dedupe?

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 19 Jul 2010
  • Nimble Storage Thursday came out of stealth with a storage system that the startup’s executives said combines primary storage with deduplication for backup in the same device. It makes sense that ...

  • EMC releases VPlex "active-active" storage

    Beth Pariseau - Senior News Writer 10 May 2010
  • This morning's big announcement at EMC World is called VPlex, which EMC says will allow for federation of data over geographic distance. VPlex was first publicly discussed at last year's VMWorld ...

  • NetApp buys Bycast for object storage

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 07 Apr 2010
  • Two weeks after Dell revealed plans to develop an object storage system, NetApp today disclosed its object storage strategy by acquiring privately held Canadian vendor Bycast. Bycast’s StorageGrid ...

  • HP refreshes and renames MSA, LeftHand platfroms

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 16 Feb 2010
  • This should be a busy year for Hewlett-Packard storage, with upgrades expected to each of its major SAN array platforms. HP started that process today by launching two new systems at the low-end of ...

  • IDC: Storage spending fell off a cliff in first quarter

    Beth Pariseau - Senior News Writer 05 Jun 2009
  • This had been apparent from the earnings reports of the major storage vendors, but it's still startling to see the numbers all lined up at once: analyst firm IDC released its worldwide quarterly ...

  • Behind the scenes at Carbonite's online backup service

    Beth Pariseau - Senior News Writer 27 Apr 2009
  • Carbonite CEO David Friend in his Boston-area office "Do-it-yourself" infrastructure is a competitive differentiator among providers of storage services, I've learned in conversations with ...

  • SSDs: Your mileage almost certainly will vary

    Beth Pariseau - Senior News Writer 15 Jan 2009
  • Maybe this is what happens with any brand-new technology, but so far there's been such wide variability in the solid-state drives that have been announced for the enterprise since EMC added STEC ...

  • NetApp discontinues replication app

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 09 Dec 2008
  • NetApp today quietly pulled the plug on its SnapMirror for Open Systems (SMOS) heterogeneous data replication software, acquired from startup Topio for $160 million in 2006. In a press release ...

  • IDC: Unstructured data will become the primary task for storage

    Beth Pariseau - Senior News Writer 29 Oct 2008
  • According to a new IDC Enterprise Disk Storage Consumption Model report released this week, transaction-intensive applications are giving way as the main segment of enterprise data to an expanded ...

  • NetApp expert says pNFS not necessarily VMware solution

    Beth Pariseau - Senior News Writer 15 Aug 2008
  • After my article the other day about storage pros hoping for a VMware performance boost from pNFS, part of the new NFS 4.1 standard currently being ratified by IETF, I came across a response from ...

  • SSDs vs. 20,000 rpm drives: Who wins? I do!

    Tory Skyers - The Sasha Company 10 Jun 2008
  • It's been a while since I've been able to spend some quality time behind the keyboard, I've been suffering from a gigantic "honey-do" list and it was difficult for me to use some huge work ...

  • Mendocino Software, R.I.P.

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 20 Mar 2008
  • Not all storage startups either went public or got acquired for big bucks over the past two years. Mendocino Software sold little of its  continuous data protection (CDP) software and found no ...

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