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IBM inches past HP in external disk market share

Gartner reports that IBM has crept past HP in worldwide external disk storage market share.

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Gartner reports IBM, HP tussling in external disk
According to a report released this week by analyst firm Gartner Inc., IBM crept past Hewlett-Packard (HP) in worldwide external controller-based (ECB) disk storage with a market share of 15.8% in 2006, compared to 13.1% for HP. Both IBM and HP remain behind market leader EMC in the overall standings. EMC increased its share from 23% to 25% for the year, according to the report.

Zetera launches mini-SANs
Zetera unveiled a new line of networked storage products targeting small and midsized businesses (SMBs), and the small office/home office (SOHO) market. The Zetera NBODs are essentially very small, very cheap storage area networks (SAN). They are block-based storage that communicate with more than one server through a switch, but ship without disk; offer only mirrored RAID configurations (0 or 1); and users can combine

NetApp stokes midrange fires with new array

Buzz builds around data reduction for primary storage

Users quit EMC over replication

Symantec tightens NetBackup, PureDisk integration

Tape restoration firm accelerates restores

Users rethink Amazon S3 after performance issues

Google steps into academic storage

SATA drives of any capacity and rpm in the box. The products, meant to replace DAS in environments with as few as two or three servers, according to Zetera officials, are available through the channel in 1U rackmount (MSRP of $2,699) and four-bay desktop (MSRP of $2,199) models. The products also include Zetera's Personal Storage Manager software.

Imation adds RFID to tapes
Imation announced the DataGuard rf Tape Tracking System, a package of products that allows users to track tape cartridges using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags. The product package includes RFID-enabled labels affixed to each tape cartridge, as well as entry and exit workstations that allow backup administrators to "check in" and "check out" tapes. Imation is partnering with B&L Associates to also include VaultLedger or Vertices tracking software in the offering.

Riverbed accelerates SSL traffic
Riverbed Technology announced version 4.0 of its Riverbed Optimization System (RiOS) software, which will now support data encrypted using Secure Socket Layer (SSL). Version 4.0 will be a free software upgrade for current users. Riverbed is also announcing a software license upgrade on its 1U 520 and 1020 models that uses a software license key to add additional bandwidth or throughput.

Isilon launches tiered storage
Isilon Systems announced the release of MigrationIQ, a software application that will allow users to migrate data between its clustered NAS systems according to preset retention policies. Isilon also announced version 2.0 of its SyncIQ replication software, which includes scalability enhancements to handle larger and more complex directory structures, a "restart" capability that resumes replication jobs in the event of a failure and a new Web-based management console with setup wizards.

SATA-IO updates spec
The SATA International Organization (SATA-IO) announced the availability of the SATA Revision 2.6 specification. New to this version are connectivity specifications for 1.8-inch disk form factors in lightweight laptops, the ability to prioritize commands under the native command queuing feature and NCQ "unload," which immediately prioritizes a command that pulls drive heads off disk platters to prevent damage to laptop drives when they are dropped.

Chicken of the Sea picks Neverfail
The Neverfail Group announced Chicken of the Sea has implemented its high-availability product for its Microsoft Exchange systems. Prior to the implementation of Neverfail, the tuna cannery relied on tape backup.

BladeLogic, Onaro partner on monitoring
BladeLogic and Onaro announced a partnership to market their respective software in a package that will report on server, application and storage infrastructure. The new offering will combine BladeLogic's data center automation software with Onaro's SANscreen storage monitoring product through an API integration.

GlassHouse acquires MBI
GlassHouse Technologies announced it has acquired Israeli storage and backup consulting service provider MBI and its sister companies, MBI Turkey and Integrity Systems. MBI and Integrity Systems will be operated as wholly owned subsidiaries.

Kazeon announces file assessment service
Kazeon announced a new service/rental model for deployment of its IS1200-FRM (File Resource Management) product. For $10,000 for the first 4 terabytes (TB), Kazeon will come in with an FRM box and produce reports on file utilization and duplication in a user's environment. The service is another $1,000 for each additional terabyte. Kazeon says 37 customers have paid for the service so far.

HDS to offer Commvault near-CDP
CommVault announced that it has extended its existing OEM agreement with Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) to include CommVault Continuous Data under the banner "Hitachi Data Protection Suite, Powered By CommVault." HDS is also rumored to be working with network attached storage (NAS) partner BlueArc on a true-CDP offering.

Fujitsu announces 160 GB, 2.5-inch SATA
Fujitsu Computer Products of America announced the MHW2160BJ series mobile hard disk drives, which feature storage capacities of up to 160 GB and 7200 rpm speed. This is the third product family Fujitsu has developed using perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR). The new drives will begin shipping in the second quarter.

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