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EMC updates Rainfinity file virtualization

Rainfinity's file management software can now send data to EMC's Centera CAS archive; IBM sues Amazon over online storage.

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EMC updates Rainfinity file virtualization
EMC Corp. announced version 7.0 of its Rainfinity Global File Virtualization product, which will now support archiving from network attached storage (NAS) systems to the EMC Centera content addressed storage (CAS) platform. Version 7.0 will automatically identify and archive files based on customizable policies. The new release is available immediately through EMC at a starting price of $93,000 for all related hardware and software.

Elsewhere, as the file virtualization market heats up, network file management software startup Attune Systems Inc. announced that it has received $14 million in a new venture funding round led by RWI Ventures.

IBM sues Amazon over online storage
IBM claims that online bookseller has illegally used its patents, including one covering the storage of data in an interactive network. IBM said it has filed two lawsuits on the matter in U.S. District Court.

Sony resellers stick with AIT tape

Symantec fires a shot arcross the bow of VTLs

Rough going for Exchange replication

EMC and NetApp duke it out in the midrange

IBM, NetApp get cozier with NAS gateway
DOE funds storage project
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded a five-year, $11 million grant to the new Petascale Data Storage Institute (PDSI) to find ways to manage the torrent of data produced by next-generation supercomputers, modeling phenomena, such as global weather and nuclear stockpile safety.

The project will require up to hundreds of thousands of hard disks to handle the data required to run the simulations on supercomputers which must run for months without downtime. The PDSI is working with vendors to develop self-healing systems -- software-based techniques for automatically managing relationships between supercomputers and storage.

Baystate Health adds Sepaton for disk backup
Sepaton Inc. announced that its S2100-ES2 virtual tape library (VTL) has been purchased by Baystate Health, a health services organization based in Springfield, Mass., which oversees several major medical centers, including the renowned Baystate Medical Center, also in Springfield.

According to John Stabilo, assistant director, technology management for Baystate Health, the Sepaton VTL is currently backing up a 3.5 terabyte (TB) Oracle database at the company's main data center in Springfield. The company also backs up other applications to tape at each of the hospital campuses and uses IBM's Metro Mirror replication tool for sending other critical data from some of the hospitals' applications to a secondary data center in Holyoke, Mass.

Stabilo said that so far, he has been happy with the VTL's effect on his backup window -- which shrank from nine hours with tape systems to two hours with the S2100.

Finisar updates fabric monitoring
Finisar Corp. unveiled NetWisdom Enterprise, a new line of storage area network (SAN) monitoring and analysis products and services. Finisar's product consists of a hardware device called a traffic analysis point (TAP), which sits in the data stream between the storage and switch, and monitors SAN traffic at the packet level. The TAP then sends data through the physical switch to Finisar's FCX appliance. That data, along with data from Finisar's ProbeV software and Xgig protocol analysis system, is set to the NetWisdom Enterprise software console, where it's stored in a database that provides alarms and reports on the fabric. The new hardware and software package starts at $25,000 for two FCX probes and software licenses. A package of eight boxes and licenses is priced at $50,000.

Service provider picks Exanet
Clustered NAS maker Exanet Inc. announced that Storage Elements, a Minnesota-based software developer and hardware integrator, has purchased its ExaStore system for its offsite data storage and remote backup services. Storage Elements has deployed two ExaStore systems -- a production system and a remote disaster recovery system -- which together total 200 TB and are continuously synchronized between locations.

Mendocino launches application blade for Exchange
Mendocino Software today announced the availability of the first application blade for the company's recently released InfiniViewTM platform, which will perform continuous backup and recovery for Microsoft Exchange Server. Pricing for the Exchange Module for InfiniView starts at $20,000.

Softek announces new data migration software
Softek Storage Solutions Corp. has announced version 4.1 of its host-based data migration software, Softek Transparent Data Migration Facility (TDMF) z/OS. The software now combines local and remote data migration for mainframe applications in a single package. Other new features include offline volume access, point-in-time copies and data replication over TCP/IP connections.

Nexsan, Waterford Technologies partner on email archiving
Nexsan Technologies and Waterford Technologies announced a joint product for email and file archiving based on Nexsan's Assureon Secure Storage Appliance and Waterford's MailMeter Archive. With the announcement, Waterford becomes the latest member of Nexsan's Strategic Solutions (S2) Program.

Crosswalk unveils new iGrid
Clustered NAS startup Crosswalk Inc. announced a new version of its iGrid clustered file system (CFS) product. The 7100 Series Intelligent Storage Grid System doubles the cache of the previously released iGrid 5110 to 32 GB and includes up to 12 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) front-end ports with the inclusion of dual-core 64-bit processors. A new version of the iGrid operating system (iGridOS), support for InfiniBand and 4 Gbps Fibre Channel, have also been added to the new product, which will be marketed alongside the 5110.

Voltaire, FalconStor team on iSCSI-over-InfiniBand
Grid backbone provider Voltaire announced it is teaming with FalconStor Software Inc., on a combined InfiniBand storage product. The product, which uses the iSER protocol to run FalconStor's IP storage on Voltaire's 10 Gbps InfiniBand switch, has been clocked in benchmark tests at a throughput of 800 megabytes per second (MBps) and up to 80,000 I/O operations per second, the companies claim. Beta trials are currently underway, according to the announcement. General availability is slated for the first quarter of 2007, with a 20 Gbps release scheduled for later in the year.

Symantec, Oracle renew vows
Symantec Corp. announced it has signed a new interoperability agreement with Oracle providing for qualification of Veritas Storage Foundation with Oracle's newest version of the Real Application Cluster (RAC).

TheInfoPro: Advanced backup kept close to the vest
In TheInfoPro Inc.'s Wave 8 study, over 50% of storage organizations indicated that they have yet to transition VTL, encryption or WAFS technologies to backup administrators and are instead using storage architects to manage backup growth. "Not a cost-effective deployment of resources," was the firm's comment.

StoneFly adds 10 GigE
StoneFly Inc. announced 10 Gbit support across its IP SAN product line; 10 GigE was previously available from StoneFly in September, with the High Availability Storage Concentrator (HSC) IP SAN product. Pricing starts at $17,000 for entry-level systems including 10 Gbit support.

Adaptec launches SATA/PCI-Express controllers
Adaptec Inc. announced the Adaptec SATA 1220SA and 1430SA, RAID controllers that support Intel Inc.'s latest PCIe interconnect.

Scentric adds to Windows support
Scentric announced that its Destiny data classification software will now include support for Microsoft's Windows Storage Server 2003 R2.

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