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  • Condusiv wants to defrag your SAN

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 20 Mar 2015
  • Condusiv Technologies this week launched Diskeeper Server software to defrag disks connected to SANs. Wait, is fragmentation even a thing for SANs? You never hear SAN vendors or even customers talk ...

  • Cloud DR vendor Quorum picks new CEO

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 12 Mar 2015
  • Quorum today hired John Newsom as CEO to help the disaster recover as a service (DRaaS) startup navigate a rapidly growing market with a crowded field of competitors. Newsom replaced Walter ...

  • EMC: DSSD box will melt your face

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 11 Mar 2015
  • Amid all of the financial numbers and strategy talk at the EMC Strategic Forum Tuesday, the vendor gave a detailed description of the first product that will spring from its 2014 DSSD acquisition. ...

  • Avago buys Emulex for $606M to expand storage portfolio

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 26 Feb 2015
  • Networking and wireless chip maker Avago Technologies is pushing deeper into enterprise storage with its planned acquisition of storage networking vendor Emulex. Avago said Wednesday evening that ...

  • Pivot3 pockets $45M to ride hyper-convergence wave

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 25 Feb 2015
  • Pivot3, the hyper-convergence vendor that concentrates on the surveillance and virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) markets, picked up $45 million in funding this week to expand sales and marketing ...

  • Cloud provider Axcient raises another $25 million in funding

    Sonia Lelii - Senior News Writer 19 Feb 2015
  • Cloud-based startup Axcient raised $25 million in a series E funding round this week, bringing the total amount it has raised to $113.5 million. The company plans to hire more engineers, build out ...

  • IBM's spectrum of new storage brands

    Randy Kerns - Evaluator Group 17 Feb 2015
  • IBM has rebranded storage products and introduced XIV as a software-only offering under a new overarching identity – IBM Spectrum. The decoder ring for these products is: This name change will take ...

  • NetApp blames sales slump on budget restraints

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 12 Feb 2015
  • A rocky quarter with a disappointing forecast for this quarter left NetApp CEO Tom Georgens defensive about his company’s product portfolio and strategy. NetApp Wednesday reported $1.55 billion in ...

  • HDS acquires Pentaho, wants to store, analyze Internet of Things

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 11 Feb 2015
  • Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) acquired data analytics software vendor Pentaho this week, and it will share that technology across Hitachi as part of an initative that stretches beyond storage. Pentaho ...

  • Veritas Rising

    Randy Kerns - Evaluator Group 09 Feb 2015
  • Appropriately, Symantec will call its new information management spinout Veritas Technologies Corp. The company will consist of many products from the original Veritas, which Symantec acquired in ...

  • Veritas product revenue grows while Symantec shrinks

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 06 Feb 2015
  • Symantec is on track to make Veritas an operational company by October, a few months ahead of the original plan to split by the December. Symantec CEO Michael Brown added details about the spinoff ...

  • Veeam revenues still on a roll

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 04 Feb 2015
  • Virtualization data protection specialist Veeam Software said its 2014 bookings revenue hit $389 million, up 40 percent over the previous year. Veaam’s growth far outpaces the rest of the data ...

  • Scale-out startup Qumulo gets $40M, prepares to launch

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 04 Feb 2015
  • Qumulo, the file storage startup founded by engineers who designed Isilon's clustered NAS, closed a $40 million B funding round today and plans its initial product launch “really soon.” The ...

  • Quantum hopes StorNext gains can outscale tape woes

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 02 Feb 2015
  • Quantum had a rough quarter revenue-wise to end 2014 because of poor tape sales, but its prospects are looking up in other areas. StorNext scale-out file system sales increased 77 percent ...

  • CommVault now sees a point in smaller bundles

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 30 Jan 2015
  • For years, CommVault boasted about how it sold one application that handled all data protection and management needs. That is changing, as its tries to perk up tepid financial growth in a more ...

  • CloudBerry Box targets SMBs to sync and share mobile devices

    Sonia Lelii - Senior News Writer 30 Jan 2015
  • Cloudberry Lab is one of the latest to jump into the crowded file sync-and-share market. The cloud backup provider recently announced its CloudBerry Box, a private and public cloud product that ...

  • EMC to lay off workers; Tucci to stay past February

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 30 Jan 2015
  • EMC CEO and chairman Joe Tucci indicated Thursday that he will stay on after his contract expires next month. Others at EMC won’t be given that option, as the company also said it will cut jobs to ...

  • How stealthy money affects technology

    Randy Kerns - Evaluator Group 27 Jan 2015
  • By my count, around 70 storage start-up companies were acquired in the past year. That is quite a few acquisitions, although not as many as in some past years. A surge in acquisitions always leads ...

  • Box shares surged on the first day as a public company

    Sonia Lelii - Senior News Writer 23 Jan 2015
  • Box Inc. had an excellent coming out party as a public company today. Box priced its initial shares at $14 Thursday. Those shares today opened at $20.20 on the New York Stock Exchange and rose to ...

  • Kaminario snares another $15 million in funding

    Carol Sliwa - Senior News Writer 23 Jan 2015
  • All-flash array startups remain a hot target for investors. Kaminario announced today an additional $15 million in funding, raising the company's overall total to $143 million since 2008. Newton, ...

  • NetApp: No SSDs have worn out

    Carol Sliwa - Senior News Writer 23 Jan 2015
  • The prospect of flash drives wearing out is a non-issue, according to NetApp. Mark Welke, NetApp’s senior director of product marketing, said the company has not had a single solid-state drive ...

  • SanDisk says enterprise SSD prospects still strong

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 22 Jan 2015
  • The fourth quarter of 2014 was tough for solid-state storage vendor SanDisk. Still, the vendor said its enterprise solid-state drive (SSD) sales increased and it remains on track for $1 billion in ...

  • EMC gives ViPR flash-related upgrade

    Dave Raffo - Editorial News Director 20 Jan 2015
  • EMC last week quietly upgraded its ViPR software-defined storage and ScaleIO hyper-convergence software, broadening support for platforms and emerging technologies. One of the selling points of ...

  • How storage controllers differ

    Randy Kerns - Evaluator Group 04 Dec 2014
  • All storage systems have a controller, which is a device with a processor that sends instructions to the disks. Storage controllers differ from vendor to vendor, but generally fit into three types ...

  • Calculating capacity utilization can be challenging

    Randy Kerns - Evaluator Group 20 Oct 2014
  • The capacity utilization for storage is one area where storage vendors have made a lot of improvements. Advanced features such as storage pooling, thin provisioning, and storage virtualization have ...

  • A look at access methods for open systems and mainframes

    Randy Kerns - Evaluator Group 10 Oct 2014
  • The term access method is frequently used to identify types of I/O in open systems. Many who use it probably don't understand the historical context for what has been known as an access method for ...

  • EMC's XtremIO 3.0 adds compression with disruptive upgrade for existing users

    Carol Sliwa - Senior News Writer 30 Sep 2014
  • EMC Corp. made available the 3.0 release of its XtremIO all-flash array today with new inline compression capabilities and performance improvements – but existing customers who want the software ...

  • Scality adds support for VM storage, VAAI and VASA on the roadmap

    Sonia Lelii - Senior News Writer 08 Sep 2014
  • Scality's Ring software came into the market focused on object storage and added support for unified file storage last year. Now Scality has extended Ring's reach with VMware support. Philippe ...

  • Is the term elastic storage a new category, or a stretch?

    Randy Kerns - Evaluator Group 19 May 2014
  • EMC and IBM recently launched storage products with the term “elastic” in their names. These announcements were significant for the companies and for the IT community in understanding a direction ...

  • Microsoft previews Azure Files, Azure Site Recovery at TechEd

    Carol Sliwa - Senior News Writer 13 May 2014
  • Microsoft previewed the Azure Files service and new Azure-based disaster recovery capabilities yesterday at TechEd North America in Houston, in line with its major conference theme of connecting ...

  • Defining storage virtualization

    Randy Kerns - Evaluator Group 04 Mar 2014
  • The term storage virtualization has been with us since 1999, and the concept continues with new product offerings that are variations of the original. The longevity of storage virtualization in a ...

  • 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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