Data storage strategy

  • February 26, 2015 26 Feb'15

    Avago buys Emulex for $606M to expand storage portfolio

    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 ...

  • February 25, 2015 25 Feb'15

    Pivot3 pockets $45M to ride hyper-convergence wave

    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 ...

  • February 20, 2015 20 Feb'15

    Allegiance Health migrates to Atmos with Seven10 Storage

    Allegiance Health is utilizing Seven10's Storfirst data migration software to transition from NetApp's StorageGrid to EMC Atmos scale-out cloud storage.

  • February 19, 2015 19 Feb'15

    Cloud provider Axcient raises another $25 million in funding

    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 ...

  • February 17, 2015 17 Feb'15

    IBM's spectrum of new storage brands

    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 ...

  • February 12, 2015 12 Feb'15

    NetApp blames sales slump on budget restraints

    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 ...

  • February 11, 2015 11 Feb'15

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

    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 ...

  • February 11, 2015 11 Feb'15

    Best data storage products 2014: Products of the Year

    A panel of users, analysts, consultants and Storage magazine and SearchStorage editors voted these 19 products the best of 2014.

  • February 09, 2015 09 Feb'15

    Veritas Rising

    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 ...

  • February 06, 2015 06 Feb'15

    Veritas product revenue grows while Symantec shrinks

    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 ...

  • February 04, 2015 04 Feb'15

    Veeam revenues still on a roll

    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 ...

  • February 04, 2015 04 Feb'15

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

    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 ...

  • February 03, 2015 03 Feb'15

    OpenStack Manila file-share service ready to leave the incubator

    Momentum builds for OpenStack Manila file-share service for the cloud as work continues to move project from incubation to core status.

  • February 02, 2015 02 Feb'15

    Quantum hopes StorNext gains can outscale tape woes

    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 ...

  • February 02, 2015 02 Feb'15

    Re-evaluate network with move to enterprise flash storage

    A move to enterprise flash storage is a good time to review the networking decisions made years ago with slower disk systems in mind.

  • January 30, 2015 30 Jan'15

    CommVault now sees a point in smaller bundles

    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 ...

  • January 30, 2015 30 Jan'15

    CloudBerry Box targets SMBs to sync and share mobile devices

    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 ...

  • January 30, 2015 30 Jan'15

    Fibre Channel is most popular networking choice with flash-based storage

    Fibre Channel is the top storage networking technology choice for customers of all-flash arrays and hybrid systems, according to a survey of storage vendors.

  • January 30, 2015 30 Jan'15

    EMC to lay off workers; Tucci to stay past February

    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 ...

  • January 27, 2015 27 Jan'15

    How stealthy money affects technology

    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 ...

  • January 23, 2015 23 Jan'15

    Box shares surged on the first day as a public company

    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 ...

  • January 23, 2015 23 Jan'15

    Kaminario snares another $15 million in funding

    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, ...

  • January 23, 2015 23 Jan'15

    NetApp: No SSDs have worn out

    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 ...

  • January 22, 2015 22 Jan'15

    SanDisk says enterprise SSD prospects still strong

    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 ...

  • January 20, 2015 20 Jan'15

    EMC gives ViPR flash-related upgrade

    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 ...

  • January 09, 2015 09 Jan'15

    Data storage management tools: 2014 Products of the Year finalists

    The finalists in the storage management tools category offer analytics, monitoring and automation for physical and virtual environments.

  • January 09, 2015 09 Jan'15

    Data storage systems: 2014 Products of the Year finalists

    Our Products of the Year competition has narrowed a field of hundreds to 55 finalists in six different storage systems categories.

  • December 04, 2014 04 Dec'14

    How storage controllers differ

    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 ...

  • October 20, 2014 20 Oct'14

    Calculating capacity utilization can be challenging

    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 ...

  • October 10, 2014 10 Oct'14

    A look at access methods for open systems and mainframes

    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 ...

  • October 01, 2014 01 Oct'14

    DataDirect Networks combines IBM GPFS, Storage Fusion for HPC

    DataDirect Networks packages IBM General Parallel File System with its Storage Fusion Architecture for scale-out NAS storage.

  • September 30, 2014 30 Sep'14

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

    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 ...

  • September 08, 2014 08 Sep'14

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

    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 ...

  • August 18, 2014 18 Aug'14

    Boston Celtics' IT takes a shot at scale-out digital video storage

    Boston Celtics VP and CTO Jay Wessland says the team is considering a shift from scale-up storage to address the explosion of digital video.

  • July 16, 2014 16 Jul'14

    Red Hat's Inktank Ceph storage adds erasure coding, tiering

    Red Hat's first Ceph upgrade since its Inktank acquisition adds erasure coding, cache tiering and management updates.

  • May 19, 2014 19 May'14

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

    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 ...

  • May 13, 2014 13 May'14

    Microsoft previews Azure Files, Azure Site Recovery at TechEd

    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 ...

  • March 04, 2014 04 Mar'14

    Defining storage virtualization

    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 ...

  • February 28, 2014 28 Feb'14

    Object storage systems in demand for big data, archiving

    Object storage system use cases are growing, and their unique metadata capabilities are a good match for big data environments.

  • February 11, 2014 11 Feb'14

    Something's wrong when storage vendors pitch speeds and feeds

    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 ...

  • February 07, 2014 07 Feb'14

    Facebook storage: Reviews vary for Blu-ray cold storage, M.2 SSD plans

    Facebook's plans to use Blu-ray discs for cold storage, 'netbook-class' M.2 SSD for booting Web servers draw mixed reviews from analysts, IT pros.

  • January 29, 2014 29 Jan'14

    With little growth in sight, EMC plans layoffs

    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, ...

  • December 03, 2013 03 Dec'13

    Get ready for the 12 Gbps SAS drive

    New 12 Gbps SAS technology will usher in SSDs, HDDs and HBAs according to the SCSI Trade Association president.

  • October 23, 2013 23 Oct'13

    Microsoft's SMB 3.0 for virtualization

    With SMB 3.0 included in Windows Server 2012, using Windows file sharing for virtual environments is much faster, safer and easier.

  • September 18, 2013 18 Sep'13

    HP schedules EVA's funeral

    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 ...

  • May 03, 2013 03 May'13

    EMC's RecoverPoint, SRDF shake hands

    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 ...

  • January 29, 2013 29 Jan'13

    Actifio alters packaging, pricing for data protection

    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 ...

  • July 13, 2012 13 Jul'12

    Storage Radio: What's new in EMC NetWorker 8

    On our latest Storage Radio podcast, join’s Ellen O’Brien and Dave Raffo as they delve into our top news of the week.

  • May 10, 2012 10 May'12

    Quantum partners with Amplidata for object storage

    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 ...

  • April 09, 2012 09 Apr'12

    Red Hat 2.0 supports unified file and object-based data

    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 ...

  • February 17, 2012 17 Feb'12

    HDS enhances non-disruptive data migration to VSP

    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 ...

  • February 10, 2012 10 Feb'12

    Red Hat brings GlusterFS to Amazon cloud

    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 ...

  • December 09, 2011 09 Dec'11

    Why we keep data

    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 ...

  • December 06, 2011 06 Dec'11

    Aptare expands storage management software

    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 ...

  • August 22, 2011 22 Aug'11

    Dell adds 2.5-inch SAS, MLC SSDs to EqualLogic

    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 ...

  • August 17, 2011 17 Aug'11

    Xiotech changes name, improves ISE

    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 ...

  • June 10, 2011 10 Jun'11

    Best of need vs. best of breed

    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 ...

  • May 05, 2011 05 May'11

    Archiving's two primary use cases

    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. ...

  • February 23, 2011 23 Feb'11

    Scale-out vs. scale-up: the basics

    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 ...

  • November 16, 2010 16 Nov'10

    File-system virtualization options to help reduce unstructured data growth

    This tip provides a sampling of file-system virtualization products and information about the features that various vendors offer to help you with unstructured data growth.

  • September 27, 2010 27 Sep'10

    HP sticks with Hitachi for high-end storage array

    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 ...

  • July 19, 2010 19 Jul'10

    Does Nimble dedupe?

    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 ...

  • May 10, 2010 10 May'10

    EMC releases VPlex "active-active" storage

    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 ...

  • April 07, 2010 07 Apr'10

    NetApp buys Bycast for object storage

    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 ...

  • March 08, 2010 08 Mar'10

    The pros and cons of removable disk storage for small businesses

    Removable disk storage is making its way back into data storage environments. Find out what the pros and cons are for disk compared to tape.

  • February 16, 2010 16 Feb'10

    HP refreshes and renames MSA, LeftHand platfroms

    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 ...

  • June 05, 2009 05 Jun'09

    IDC: Storage spending fell off a cliff in first quarter

    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 ...

  • April 27, 2009 27 Apr'09

    Behind the scenes at Carbonite's online backup service

    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 ...

  • March 03, 2009 03 Mar'09

    Storage best practices for virtual server environments

    Measuring and tuning storage performance has grown more challenging with the proliferation of virtual servers. Learn how RiskMetrics Group has adapted to its changing environment, and best practices for managing storage in virtual server ...

  • January 15, 2009 15 Jan'09

    SSDs: Your mileage almost certainly will vary

    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 ...

  • December 09, 2008 09 Dec'08

    NetApp discontinues replication app

    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 ...

  • October 29, 2008 29 Oct'08

    IDC: Unstructured data will become the primary task for storage

    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 ...

  • August 15, 2008 15 Aug'08

    NetApp expert says pNFS not necessarily VMware solution

    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 ...

  • June 10, 2008 10 Jun'08

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

    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 ...

  • March 20, 2008 20 Mar'08

    Mendocino Software, R.I.P.

    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 ...

  • July 11, 2007 11 Jul'07

    IBM washes hands of IceCube storage project

    IBM is spinning out its long overdue next-generation storage system, code-named IceCube, and is seeking $15 million in funding to commercialize the product.

  • June 01, 2007 01 Jun'07

    WAN storage guide -- Chapter 1: WAN basics

    It's easy to get WAN connectivity, but getting the right connectivity requires knowledge of WAN essentials such as bandwidth, cost, latency and reliability.

  • May 21, 2007 21 May'07

    IBM chief engineer talks green storage

    IBM engineer Clod Barrera discusses the growing energy crisis in storage, the need for better power efficiency metrics and the future for "green" products.

  • March 10, 2006 10 Mar'06

    Storage performance testing - Introduction

    Knowing how a system will run in the data center -- and predicting its limitations in your particular environment -- is absolutely essential for storage managers. Solid performance data can be an invaluable guide for making new acquisitions, ...

  • October 19, 2005 19 Oct'05

    Customer value for features/characteristics

    This column originally appeared on TechTarget's Expert Answer Center as a post in Randy Kerns' blog. Randy served as the

  • October 19, 2005 19 Oct'05


    This column originally appeared on TechTarget's Expert Answer Center as a post in Randy Kerns' blog. Randy served as the

  • May 18, 2005 18 May'05

    Fast Guide: Storage basics

    Storage covers a lot of territory and it can be overwhelming for the beginner. In our Fast Guide: Storage basics, we break it down into categories -- and keep it simple. We start out with basic storage terms, then go on to management, networking and...

  • June 17, 2002 17 Jun'02

    Clear answers to ROI questions

    For years storage professionals have been scratching their heads wondering how to get the best return on their investments. It's a difficult question to answer, but not impossible. Consultants Bruce Scheer and John Berry are experts in helping ...