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Storage Clips: EMC pushes SMB products

EMC announced version 7.5 of its Retrospect software for Windows backup and recovery, and a channel program to sell its Insignia products to SMBs.

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EMC pushes SMB products
EMC Corp. announced the Insignia line of software and hardware products targeted at small and mid-sized businesses (SMB). Products include the iSCSI-based AX100 array starting at $5,500, VisualSRM 1.7 SRM Edition ($995), Storage Administrator for Exchange ($1,995), Retrospect 7.5 backup software ($195 to $1,295), RepliStor 6.1 replication software ($995 per node) and eRoom SMB edition collaboration software ($995).

As part of the Insignia launch, EMC also announced a revamped version of its Retrospect Windows backup and recovery software for SMBs. New features in Retrospect v. 7.5 include user-initiated restores, automated deployment of client software, automated software updates, the ability to restore data or copy to tape during backups to disk, offline verification, and broader support for the latest operating systems and business critical applications.

Retrospect 7.5 for Windows backup and recovery software is available at a starting price of $399 for Retrospect for Windows Business Editions and $129 for Retrospect Professional Edition designed for small office/home office environments. Special upgrade pricing is also available for earlier versions of Retrospect and competitive replacements.

EMC also unveiled the EMC Velocity SMB Partner Program, a worldwide channel program that provides support and incentives to channel partners selling Insignia.

Riverbed announces tiny Steelheads
Riverbed announced today the availability of two new miniature Steelhead appliance models, the 100 and 200, which are cable-modem sized, operate silently and are available at less than half the current price of Riverbed's smallest model. Both new Steelhead appliances provide 1 Mbps of WAN bandwidth and a 36 GB data store. The Steelhead 100 has a capacity of 25 simultaneous TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) connections and can support about five users, and the 200 supports up to 75 TCP connections and about 20 users. The Steelhead 100 is software upgradeable to the 200.

The Steelhead appliance models 100 and 200 will be generally available Feb. 15; entry-level U.S. list price is $3,495.

U.K. university taps EMC
EMC announced that The Open University, a distance-learning university in the U. K., has signed an agreement to deploy EMC's information lifecycle management infrastructure. The university will use EMC's Documentum, EmailXtender and DiskXtender software, and a Centera content-addressed storage system.

VMware offers free beta test
VMware Inc. released a free beta version of its software for the new entry-level VMware Server, which can partition Windows and Linux servers into multiple virtual machines running Linux, NetWare, Solaris x86 and Windows, as well as 64-bit operating systems. VMware Server also lets a single virtual machine span multiple processors within a single box and can take advantage of Intel Virtualization Technology on some upcoming Intel server-oriented processors.

Symantec introduces compliance software
Symantec announced new compliance management software designed to automatically assess user data management policies against industry regulations and best practices. Symantec BindView Policy Manager 3.0 is scheduled to be available in March; pricing was not available.

McData tests with IBM
McData Corp. announced that its Intrepid FICON Converter has completed interoperability testing with IBM's FICON enabled eServer z890 mainframe and Peer-to-Peer Virtual Tape Server ESCON-attached tape drives, and has been confirmed as IBM TotalStorage Proven.

User replaces Exabyte/Veritas with Volo
Revinetix announced that Titanium Solutions Inc. has installed a Volo 440 office backup appliance at its Salt Lake City facilities, replacing an Exabyte/Veritas tape system. The company now backs up three servers with more than 200 GB of office data, File Transfer Protocol and Exchange files using the Volo disk-to-disk system.

Nimbus, Chelsio team on IP SAN
ISCSI acceleration adapter maker Chelsio Communications Inc. and iSCSI storage startup Nimbus Data Systems Inc. announced a partnership to incorporate Chelsio adapters into an upcoming line of iSCSI storage systems from Nimbus.

Idealstor signs reseller
Idealstor has announced that MR2 Solutions, a reseller and consulting firm, has signed on to resell its flagship product, the Idealstor backup appliance. The product uses ejectable hard drives to backup and archive data.

Plextor enters NAS market
Plextor Corp. announced the PX-EH family of NAS devices. Available in two capacities -- 250 GB and 400 GB -- the external hard disk drives are designed to allow multiple users to share data.

LSI announces SATA II RAID adapter
LSI Logic Corp. announced a new SATA II MegaRAID adapter, which will allow 3 Gbps transfer rate per port with a low-profile form factor. The MegaRAID SATA 300-8XLP adapter, with a 133 MHz PCI-X host interface, features eight SATA II ports and 128 MB of onboard DDR I cache. The adapter is backward compatible with all SATA II 1.5 Gbps drives and supports the full SATA Revision 2.5 Specification, including Native Command Queuing, enclosure management (SAF-TE), individual drive activity and fault LED headers that allow users to view the status of hard drives through LEDs on the chassis, staggered spin up, hot plug and port multiplier.

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