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Storage Clips: Data Domain supports third-party storage

Data Domain announced a gateway version of its D2D backup product that supports third-party storage, turning these arrays into long-term archives using its compression technology.

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Data Domain offers gateway
Data Domain has unveiled a gateway version of its disk-to-disk (D2D) backup product dubbed the DD460g Enterprise Restorer. The DD460g gateway transforms Fibre Channel (FC)-attached external disk arrays into storage for long-term data protection. Users can now take advantage of the compression enabled by Data Domain -- 20-50x -- while backing up data to disk arrays in their SANs, improving storage utilization and reducing total cost of ownership, the company said.

The value of Data Domain is its intelligent capacity optimization software," said Tony Asaro, senior analyst for the Enterprise Strategy Group. "It makes total sense to use the storage you've already paid for and combine that with Data Domain for cost-efficient backups to disk. The economics are a no-brainer."

The DD460g is limited to supporting EMC Clariion and Nexsan arrays on the back end today, but Data Domain is working to integrate its software with other storage vendors, including Hitachi Data Systems. The DD460g is available today for $65,000, which includes a FC host bus adapter.

IBM plans Indian consulting service
IBM plans to start off-shore consulting services from India in 2006 serving international clients. IBM's Global Services hub in India is its largest facility, with the second most employees, a total of 23,000 in 2004.

BakBone announces
BakBone Software continued development on its "Integrated Data Protection" strategy by unveiling new continuous data protection products, including NetVault Replicator, NetVault Replicator Plugin Modules for Exchange, SQL, Oracle and MySQL, NetVault Replicator Cluster Support Plugin and NetVault Replicator On-Demand. NetVault Replicator creates real-time copies of data in one or more locations and can be combined with NetVault Backup, both of which can be managed from a central point of control.

NetVault Replicator can run on Windows, Linux, Solaris, AIX and Mac OS X operating systems and offers bi-directional operations and one-to-many configuration options.

Equalogic reports healthcare customers
EqualLogic announced growth in the healthcare market with the addition of new users of its iSCSI SAN products, including Family Health Center of Laurel, Fulton County Health Center, Harborside Healthcare, LifeLink Foundation, Nevada Rural Hospital Partners, Royal Oaks Retirement Community, Tennessee Oncology and WestCare Health System.

Emulex debuts new switch boxes
Emulex announced the general availability of its new line of FibreSpy embedded storage switches that offer 4 Gbps frame level switched performance. The new 4 Gbps FibreSpy Model 850 and 870 switches are box-based, drop-in products aimed at OEMs that want to put together tiered storage for clients.

BlueArc helps animate Narnia
BlueArc announced that digital film studio Rhythm & Hues chose BlueArc's Titan Storage System as the storage foundation for the company's visual effects work on the Walt Disney Pictures release, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Rhythm & Hues worked for two years producing the computer generated character animation and visual effects for Aslan the lion and other characters, including the gryphon, minotaur and centaurs, and a battle sequence.

Studio officials said the Titan improved the performance on its storage infrastructure, allowing artists to get files faster, render images faster and improved collaboration.

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