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Storage Clips: Amazon launches storage service

The online bookseller announced it will be offering access to its data storage infrastructure for a monthly fee.

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Amazon launches storage service
Amazon Web Services today announced "Amazon S3," a Web-based storage service that gives subscribers access to the same data storage systems Amazon uses to run its Web sites. The service costs 15 cents per GB of storage per month and 20 cents per GB of data transferred.

The S3 service allows users to write, read and delete objects containing from 1 GB to 5 GB of data each. The number of objects that can be stored is unlimited. Each object is stored and retrieved via a unique key. Objects can be made private or public, and rights can be assigned to specific users. Amazon says S3 is built from commodity hardware components.

IDC reports storage software growth
According to IDC's latest market research, the storage software market surged 12.6% to $8.9 billion in 2005. The market also grew 11.2% year over year to $2.4 billion in the fourth quarter. For the full year, EMC led with 29.7% revenue share, followed by Symantec with 20.3 % and IBM with 10.5%. Network Appliance and Hewlett-Packard rounded out the top five with 6.6 % and 6.5%, respectively. IBM posted the largest growth in Q4, of 32.6% year over year.

Backup, archive and storage resource management segments each grabbed about a third of the market; replication grew 21.7% for Q4 from a year ago.

NeoScale unveils KeyVault
NeoScale Systems announced CryptoStor KeyVault, a security key management system for both NeoScale encryption appliance keys and keys from third-party storage encryption vendors. With NeoScale's KeyVault, organizations can centrally manage and distribute encryption keys among multiple internal locations to disaster recovery sites and business partners.

Petco picks NetApp
Network Appliance announced that Petco has selected its FAS250 filers and snapshot software for three distribution centers that manage delivery to over 750 Petco stores in 48 states. The NetApp products were chosen to complement Petco's warehouse management system, built on a Pervasive PSQL database.

Symantec, NeoPath launch partner programs
Symantec Corp. announced a new partner program and partner portal, called PartnerNet. The new partner program tracks and rewards partner performance and includes incentives for partners who invest in training, specialization and marketing efforts. As part of a multiphased rollout, Symantec previously reorganized its partners into a membership level system, including platinum, gold, silver and registered levels. As part of the new program, Symantec has committed a five-fold increase in its partner program investment. Further funds will go into expanding the PartnerNet extranet system.

Meanwhile, NeoPath networks announced the launch of the NeoPath Channel Partner Program to make its File Director NAS virtualization product available through a wider range of resellers. New program members include Dataline, ePlus, IAS, Net Source, Plan B Technologies, Sanz, the Ergonomic Group and XData.

DataCore announces virtualization reseller
DataCore Software today announced that it has entered into a partnership with AccessFlow, a computer systems consultant and reseller that designs and deploys virtualization products. AccessFlow will use DataCore's software to offer failover and Fibre Channel storage to VMware users.

OnStor joins Microsoft program
OnStor announced membership in the Microsoft Communications Protocol Program that Microsoft uses to license the communications protocols that facilitate interaction of Windows devices. OnStor says that its participation in this program will guarantee users of its NAS gateways Windows interoperability.

Insight selects Pillar
Insight Investment, the asset management arm of Halifax Bank of Scotland, has chosen Pillar Data Systems to supply a new storage system for business continuity and data recovery. As part of the deal, Pillar's professional services team is installing two separate Axiom systems: one at the primary site in London and one at a secondary data recovery site.

Agami releases AIS6000
Agami Systems Inc. announced the availability of new NAS products, dubbed the AIS 6000 series. The series, which includes the AIS6112 and AIS6119, includes throughput performance of over 1,000 megabytes per second from a single 5U chassis and a minimum raw capacity of 12 terabytes. Pricing for the AIS6000 series starts at $62,995 -- the products are available now. Agami Systems is offering qualified businesses a 30-day trial period.

Tacit appoints VP
Tacit Networks announced the appointment of industry veteran Joseph Yaworski as vice president, technical operations and support. Yaworski comes to Tacit Networks from cluster computing startup SilverStorm Technologies. Prior to SilverStorm, Yaworski was vice president and general manager of Unisys Software Operations.

FalconStor signs Huawei-3Com
FalconStor Software has signed an OEM deal with Chinese telecoms supplier Huawei-3Com Technology Co., in which Huawei-3Com will rebrand FalconStor's IPStor software.

CA combines Oracle, e-mail archiving
CA announced the integration of CA Message Manager (formerly Assentor Enterprise) with Oracle Collaboration Suite 10g. In addition to supporting Oracle Collaboration Suite 10g, CA Message Manager can be used with other messaging applications and provide customers with a single point of control for management and archiving of messages.

Oracle Collaboration Suite 10g provides content and collaboration services, including enterprise content management, Web conferencing, instant messaging, presence, e-mail, calendaring, voicemail, and fax and mobile access -- using the Oracle Fusion Middleware platform.

Brocade reorganizes channel program
Brocade announced that it will unify its existing channel programs, including the Elite Partner program and Tapestry Partner programs into the Brocade Alliance Partner Network. This new program extends the company's investment in channel partners that focus on shared storage and IT infrastructure solutions, the company said.

Participating channel partners receive the following benefits:

  • Monthly accrued Marketing Development Funds
  • Dedicated marketing and sales representative support
  • Free sales and technical training for Brocade Tapestry products
  • Presales technical support, including sales engineer support and knowledge base access
  • Access to technical tools via a secure Web site
  • Presence on the Brocade Web site

    Isilon upgrades file system
    With the release of its new OneFS 4.0 distributed file system, Isilon says it can scale to support 528 terabytes (TB) of capacity and 7 gigabytes per second of performance in a single file system and single, truly symmetric cluster. The company also announced the release of two new clustered storage platform extension products -- the Isilon EX 6000 and Isilon IQ Accelerator.

    Designed as a low cost, high-capacity clustered storage extension product, the EX 6000 contains 6 TB of SATA II disk capacity in a 2U form factor and utilizes SAS technology to connect to each Isilon IQ 6000 platform node. By using Isilon's new OneFS 4.0 and SAS, the combined products create a high-density offering that modularly scales from 60 to hundreds of terabytes in a single unified cluster and single file system, the company said.

    WysDM joins SNIA
    WysDM Software announced that it has joined the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). As a participating member of the SNIA, WysDM plans to drive standards and interoperability for data protection management. The SNIA has several initiatives for 2006, including the SNIA Data Management Forum's focus on continuous data protection, information lifecycle management and long-term archiving.

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