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Vol. 6 No. 12 February 2008

Storage services options grow

The list of vendors offering storage software as a service (SaaS) has grown far beyond the scope of traditional software and service vendors. Everyone seems to be getting into the game, and there was even a mad dash among storage vendors in late 2007 to put their SaaS stakes in the ground. IBM acquired established backup service provider Arsenal Digital, while EMC picked up Berkeley Systems for its Mozy online backup service to get into the storage SaaS game. Seagate Technology grabbed compliance service provider MetaLincs to bolster the services group it set up--independent of its hard drive business--when it bought EVault in early 2007. Backup software vendors Symantec and Yosemite Technologies have also been developing SaaS offerings, revealing plans last year to turn their backup products into services. Email archiving, ediscovery and compliance are other hot service areas. Iron Mountain and SunGard offer email archiving services through partnerships with MessageOne. U.K.-based enterprise search software company Autonomy ...

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Features in this issue

  • Users still wary about LTO-4 encryption

  • Snapshot: Data protection SLAs on the upswing

  • More Than Just Backup

    Data protection is changing rapidly, with point-in-time recoveries, fast legal discovery response and near real-time disaster recoveries becoming new requirements. To address these needs, enterprise backup applications are adding support for continuous data protection, deduplication, ediscovery, single-instance storage and the VMware Consolidated Backup framework. These backup suites promise not only integrated data protection, but overall enterprise data management.

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