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Google offers 10 GB inbox

The search engine giant is offering an email application on a subscription basis with five times the storage capacity of the free version.

Weekly compilation of storage news:

Google launches 10 GB email app
Six months after launching Google Apps, a free set of Web-based software, including email, chat and office programs that include spreadsheets and word processing utilities, the company announced a beefed-up, fee-based version of the product package meant to compete with Microsoft Office. Of particular interest to storage users: 10 GB of space in the for-fee email inbox, as opposed to 2 GB in the free version of the program, called Gmail. It's a far cry from the typical Exchange share, which depending on the company can still be counted in megabytes per inbox. The applications are sold on a subscription basis at $50 per year for large businesses. Users can also sign up for a free trial of the programs.

EqualLogic doubles capacity of SAS array
EqualLogic announced the third product in its series of SAS storage arrays. The PS3900XV doubles the capacity of the previous high-end PS3000 series array with 4.8 terabytes (TB). The new array also uses 15,000 rpm SAS disks for higher performance. It will ship in March with a list price of $67,000.

Questions fly as EMC Retrospect fades

Mendocino short-circuits CDP debate

Double-Take buffs up VMware replication

Backup reporting market to consolidate, experts say

Storage vendors fire up freeware

Delivery issues push Sun storage user toward IBM
Veritas shells out $30M
Veritas paid the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) $30 million to settle allegations of accounting violations prior to its acquisition by Symantec. The settlement ends an inquiry that began over a suspicious arrangement between Veritas and AOL in 2000. Veritas was also accused of attempting to conceal the quid pro quo deal from auditors.

Nexsan scales down archiving system
Nexsan, maker of the SATABeast archiving array, has launched a smaller appliance version of the product to sell through the channel. Dubbed the AssureonSA, it has a CIFS and NFS interface to attach to any NAS device and will store up to 20 million files. Unlike the bigger system, it does not support encryption or the company's patented agent for pulling data into the system. It is a "write to" device. Pricing is around $65,000 compared with north of $100,000 for the array.

Law firm spreads out with Compellent
Compellent announced Krieg DeVault, a commercial law firm, has deployed Compellent's StorageCenter SANs. The firm chose Compellent because of the built-in replication that will allow it to send data between 15 branch office locations, as well as a disaster recovery site, and used it to eliminate tape-based backup, according to a Compellent press release.

3PAR and Riverbed partner, announce customer
Storage vendor 3PAR and WAN optimization company Riverbed announced that they will jointly market and support their products as a disaster recovery package and reported a customer using both technologies together -- the law firm of Thomas Weisel Partners. Thomas Weisel uses 3PAR's Remote Copy in combination with Riverbed's Steelhead appliances. 3PAR says one-third of its business comes from the ability to do remote data replication.

Data Domain gateway qualified by EMC
Data Domain announced that EMC has tested and qualified its dedupe gateway product for use with Clariion, as well as the Clariion-based virtual tape library (VTL), branded the EMC Disk Library. The two companies have also signed a cooperative support agreement for joint customers.

EMC launches low-end Clariion
The EMC Clariion CX3-10 device, launched this week, supports iSCSI and 4 Gbits Fibre Channel in the same box, comes with 60 drives and features up to four iSCSI and four Fibre Channel ports. Pricing for the CX3-10 starts at $27,000. In contrast, the product's higher end predecessor, the CX3-20, offers 120 drives and costs $36,000. EMC also unveiled a low-end version of its replication and continuous data protection (CDP) software, RecoverPoint SE, which only works across Clariion devices and costs $10,000 per array, compared with the $83,000 enterprise version.

Networkers talk 100 Gbps Ethernet
ISCSI users take note: 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) may still be perpetually on the horizon, but the idea of 100 Gbps Ethernet is already being bandied about by networking companies. According to a presentation by Joel Goergen, chief scientist and vice president of technology at Force10 Networks, during the Optoelectronics Industry Development Association conference in San Diego this week, the company is working on a new backplane design to support 100Gbps ports. Industry groups, such as the IEEE802.3 Higher Speed Study Group and the Optical Interconnect Forum, are working to develop system-level standards to support 100 GigE as well
, according to a Force10 press release.

Western Digital launches 1 TB consumer appliance Western Digital Corp. introduced the My Book World Edition line of shared storage appliances, external NAS devices offering up to 1 TB capacity and a Web interface that will allow users to access their digital content from anywhere in the world. My Book World Edition II models also offer RAID-1. Retail price is $499.

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