Weekly compilation of storage news:
Symantec sues alleged software counterfeiters
Following up on its claim two weeks ago that a licensing snafu with Backup Exec 11d was worsened by software piracy, Symantec Corp. sued what it describes as a U.S.-based counterfeiting operation on Wednesday. The backup software and security giant claims that six companies made $15 million selling fake Symantec products, including Norton AntiVirus and Internet Security. For more on the licensing issues, see our weekly news wrap from Dec. 3.
Seagate founder, 76, dies
Seagate Technology co-founder Alan Shugart died at the age of 76 on Tuesday at Community Hospital in Monterey, Calif., according to the company. Shugart and his business partner Finis Conner co-founded Seagate in 1979 and made the industry's first 5 1/4-inch drives for the IBM personal computer.
EMC software revenues back up, according to IDC
The worldwide storage software market experienced its 12th consecutive quarter of year-over-year growth in the third quarter of 2006 with revenues of $2.5 billion, a 10.7% increase over the same quarter one year ago, according to IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker. Unlike in the second quarter, EMC Corp.'s revenues increased proportionately -- up 10.3% over the third quarter last year. However, EMC's $699 million in revenue for the third quarter is less of an increase over the second quarter of last year of $675 million, which may have skewed the comparison between revenue figures last quarter. The third quarter of 2005, meanwhile, showed revenue of $633 million.
In other EMC news, the company announced its Smarts IP Availability Manager 7.0 and Smarts Service Assurance Manager 7.0 software, which perform root-cause analysis on network connectivity layers, including NAS connectivity. The new software versions offer enhanced support for Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) and compatibility with Hewlett-Packard Co.'s (HP) Mercury SiteScope, as well as a number of security features.
EMC also announced that Rockingham Memorial Hospital in Harrisonburg, Va., is using the Clariion CX3-80 to store clinical and financial system data. The hospital has used EMC products in the past, including the EMC CLARiiON CX700 system.
HDS claims 4,500 virtualization controllers shipped
Hitachi Data Systems Inc. (HDS) announced that it has shipped more than 4,500 virtualization storage controllers worldwide. The Hitachi Universal Storage Platform and its rack-mounted variant, the Network Storage Controller can manage up to 32 petabytes (PB) of internal and external storage.
HP settles pretexting case
HP shelled out $14.5 million to end California's probe into the pretexting tactics it used to investigate leaks from the board of directors during the last days of the Carly Fiorina era. The money will finance a new fund to fight privacy violations in California. HP also joined Microsoft and other tech companies pushing for federal data privacy legislation.
Separately, continuous data protection (CDP) software startup FilesX Inc. announced that is porting its Xpress line of products to the new HP BladeSystem and joining the HP BladeSystem Solution Builder Program.
Emulex, Brocade partner on AX150 connectivity kits
Emulex Corp. and Brocade Communications Systems Inc. announced a new product package, the InstaSAN Connectivity Kit for the EMC Clariion AX150. The kit includes the Brocade SilkWorm 200E switch, Emulex's LightPulse(r) LPe111 and LP101 HBAs, and installation and management software. The bundles have also been given Microsoft's Simple SAN component designation for Windows Server 2003.
Hilton deploys Riverbed
Riverbed Technology Inc. announced that Hilton Grand Vacations Club, a subsidiary of Hilton Hotels, has deployed Riverbed's Steelhead WAFS appliances in offices in six locations to date: Orlando, Fla.; New York City; Las Vegas; the Big Island of Hawaii; Honolulu and Tokyo. Hilton is primarily using the WAFS caching to speed transmission of large contract image files from branch offices to headquarters.
In a separate announcement, Riverbed said that the Korean Ministry of Labor and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as Korean customers LG Electronics, Samsung Electronics, SK Shipping and Asiana Airlines have also deployed Steelhead appliances.
Corbis uses Brocade for file management Brocade announced that Corbis Corp., a Seattle-based digital media provider, is using its Tapestry StorageX product to manage some 74 million files in its image library, as well as its business data. Corbis uses the Tapestry tool to migrate files between Windows and Unix servers, to relocate data onto high-availability EMC Celerra NAS systems and to call up image files for customers.
Classified Ventures combines Polyserve and 3PAR
3PARdata Inc. and NAS cluster maker PolyServe Inc. announced a combined offering, pairing 3PAR's thin provisioning and dynamic optimization with PolyServe's Database Utility and File Serving Utility. The companies also announced a customer, Classified Ventures Web service subsidiary Homescape, is using the system.
NetApp resells Kazeon IS1200
Network Appliance Inc. (NetApp) announced that it will resell Kazeon Systems Inc.'s new Information Server (IS1200) data classification platforms. For its part, Kazeon released a data security software and services package with its IS1200-ECS system, which scours laptops, desktops and corporate networks for nonpublic personal data. Also available is a new consultation service, dubbed Risk Assessment Service, designed to help companies identify "data leakage" risks in their environment.
Separately, email archiver Mirapoint and NetApp announced a bundling of NetApp's SAN systems with Mirapoint's Message Server. The bundle includes common management of both the Message Server and NetApp system.
Fujitsu, Idealstor flaunt big disks
Fujitsu Computer Products of America Inc. announced the MHX2300BT series of mobile hard disk drives featuring storage capacities of 250 GB and 300 GB, the first 2.5-inch PMR hard disk drives in the industry to attain these levels. The new series will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2007. Not to be outdone, Idealstor announced the release of the Idealstor 750 GB ejectable disk for use with its Idealstor and FrankeNAS backup systems. The new cartridges are compatible with existing systems; with the 750 GB cartridges, Idealstor backup systems can now support up to 6 terabytes (TB) of data.
Scentric gets Googled
Data classification software maker Scentric announced it has joined the Google Enterprise Professional program. Google has also had a long-standing partnership with Scentric competitor Kazeon.
Spare Backup and CA bundle backup, security for home users
Spare Backup Inc. and CA Inc. have announced new product bundles that include online backup/restoration, Internet security, remote repair and live technical support. The services include Backup and Lifeline Services, which add remote diagnosis and repair, live chat support and connection to technicians to the Spare Backup product for $4.99 per month with an annual subscription. The partnership with CA, meanwhile, has yielded two new bundles: Spare Backup Antivirus, which adds virus scanning to the backup and lifeline services for $8.99 per month and Spare Backup Internet Security Suite, which packages the full CA Internet Security Suite 2007 with the Spare Backup and Lifeline Services for $9.99 per month.
Data Domain joins Nexsan program
Nexsan Technologies announced that Data Domain Inc. has become the most recent partner in its Strategic Solutions (S2) Program, which means that Data Domain's enterprise gateway restorer, the DD460g, now has formal certification with Nexsan's SATABoy and SATABeast product lines.
NeoPath debuts Fileyzer
File virtualization startup NeoPath Networks announced the release of NeoPath Fileyzer, a Windows-based file system analysis software. Fileyzer includes the ability to perform "what-if" file migration analysis. In the future, Fileyzer will be integrated with NeoPath's File Director data migration and tiering product.