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Storage Clips: Symantec to announce remote office backup

According to industry scuttlebutt, Symantec plans to release remote office backup software next week.

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Symantec to announce remote office backup
News has leaked out that Symantec plans to announce a version of NetBackup for remote offices next week at Storage Networking World (SNW). The product, NetBackup PureDisk, uses data deduplication capabilities Veritas acquired from Data Center Technologies last year before merging with Symantec.

Remote office backup player Asigra is already on the warpath. Its executive vice president, Eran Farajun, is already making stops in industry newsrooms to reiterate Asigra's message before the Symantec news officially breaks.

In an e-mail to press this week, Asigra PR Judy Smith said, "while we believe this company entering the market validates the need for enterprise-class distributed backup software, there is a significant difference in software offerings, many of which are critical for the enterprise user."

IDC: 2006 a big storage year for SMBs
Small and medium businesses (SMBs) show a growing interest for networked storage, and their share of total storage technology spending will be increasing in the next 12 months, according to a recent IDC survey.

SMBs continue to rely on internal disks to meet their storage needs, according to the report, but medium-sized firms will increase their SAN capacity in in the next 12 months. Enhancing disaster recovery is the top priority of medium-sized businesses, the report said.

UMinn picks Cisco for SAN upgrade
Cisco announced that the University of Minnesota, which serves 60,000 students on five campuses, has selected Cisco MDS 9509 Multilayer directors to consolidate its DAS resources onto one SAN. The university had previously deployed Cisco's MDS 9216 switches on an older, smaller SAN, which will now be used for DR.

Sun to sell Qlogic 4 Gbps switches
QLogic Corp. announced that its 4 Gbps SANbox 5600 Series Fibre Channel (FC) stackable switches are now available from Sun Microsystems and authorized Sun distributors.

SiliconStor joins FCIA
SiliconStor, Inc. announced it has joined the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA). The company says it's hoping its SS1300 Active-Active Multiplexer can be combined with FC-SATA technology being developed by another industry group.

Permabit boosts exec team, funding
Permabit announced it has added a new vice president of marketing and product management, Jim Geronaitis. Prior to Permabit, Geronaitis was vice president and senior technology strategist in the office of the CTO at Computer Associates (CA). Earlier, Geronaitis directed marketing and partnerships for AppIQ and for ADIC after its acquisition of Pathlight Technologies. Also hired was Jeff Edwards, vice president of worldwide sales. Prior to Permabit, Edwards served as vice president of sales for Copan Systems, Inc., as well as vice president/general manager for Hitachi Data Systems and director of solutions sales at StorageTek. Bolstered by more than $12 million in investment funding received in the fourth quarter of 2005, the company attempting to expanding its sales and marketing efforts.

PolyServe signs distrib partner
PolyServe, Inc. has named DataDirect Networks (DDN) a distribution partner for PolyServe's File Serving Utility software. The Los Angeles, Calif.-based storage provider will bundle PolyServe's File Serving Utility with servers, fabric and DDN storage arrays into Windows and Linux file serving systems.

CommVault opens in China
CommVault announced it has opened a new office in China, and announced the appointment of Philip Xu as head of CommVault's China office. CommVault has also opened a native-language support center, located in Shanghai.

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