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NetApp posts strong financials

EMC wins over, Postini adds policy management and storage vendors rally around Oracle.

Weekly compilation of storage news:

NetApp beats expectations
Network Appliance (NetApp) rebounded from two rocky quarters by beating analysts' forecast with $792.2 million in revenue last quarter, up 21% from last year and 15% from the previous quarter.

Sun debuts its Honeycomb data archive

Sepaton VTL scales to 1.2 PB

Double-Take spruces up remote replication software

IBM tweaks TSM backup software

DataDirect launches 1 PB-plus StorageScaler

Attune adds to its Maestro file virtualization software

Storage vendors prepare for new virtual servers

EMC tips hand on data storage product roadmaps replaces NetApp with EMC
Saying fragmentation issues slowed its NetApp filers' performance, has replaced its NetApp storage with a Clariion disk array from NetApp rival EMC. replaced its DAS with the Clariion SAN and its NetApp filers with two EMC Celerra NS gateways.

Postini adds policy management features to Google apps
Postini has bolstered its email security service, including protection for Social Security and credit card numbers. The update to the SaaS email archiving product adds lexical data analysis for credit card and Social Security numbers in email, including attachments, with automatic policy enforcement options, such as encrypt or block.

Storage vendors announce new Oracle support
Oracle held its OpenWorld conference this week, and storage vendors added their 2 cents to the conference with announcements of new Oracle support. QLogic announced the SilverStorm 9020 Enterprise Cluster Accelerator, an InfiniBand switch designed to connect to Oracle RAC. EMC announced that it has tested and will support the new Oracle Database 11g Direct NFS Client and the Oracle Enterprise Manager System Monitoring Plug-in for Clariion, which adds monitoring within the Oracle application for attached Clariion storage, including LUN, MetaLUN, disk and port configurations.

HPC also in storage vendors' sights
This week also marked the Supercomputing Conference (SC07) in Reno, Nev. At that show, QLogic announced the QLogic 7200 20 Gbit DDR InfiniBand Host Channel HCA for InfiniBand clusters, an InfiniBand interconnect specifically for the IBM General GPFS and that its SilverStorm 9000 20 Gbit InfiniBand switches are now qualified with NetApp's FAS storage products.

Woven Systems announced this week that its Ethernet fabric switch is being used at Sandia National Laboratories in an 128-node HPC cluster and that it's trying to take its 10 GigE fabric switches downmarket. Woven also announced a new "top of rack" scaled-down switch for connecting enterprise arrays to its director and introduced the option of using optical cable instead of the bulkier copper wiring favored by HPC shops.

Verari Systems will ship its recently introduced SB5255 DataServer with Western Digital's new 1 TB SATA drives in the fourth quarter of this year. Panasas announced it is working on support for Microsoft clusters on its parallel file system.

AMCC offers year-end price reduction
Applied Micro Circuits Corp. (AMCC) will sell its 3ware Sidecar desktop SATA II storage solution for an MSRP of $895, a $400 reduction. Customers in the education field will receive an additional $100 off MSRP when they purchase the 3ware Sidecar on the 3ware Online Store.

Asigra adds SharePoint support
Asigra's Televaulting backup software will now support Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0. The support includes object-level restore capabilities of whole sites, databases, individual documents and calendars across distributed multiple sites.

StoredIQ makes eDiscovery portable
StoredIQ released a portable eDiscovery appliance designed for ISVs and service partners to provide on-site data topology mapping, data collection and data filtering services with back-office eDiscovery processing. Partners include eDiscovery service provider RenewData, which said it will use the appliance to bring into customer sites where data cannot leave the premises.

Vistage International deploys Overland
Overland announced that Vistage International, a chief executive organization with 14,000 members in 16 countries, has deployed the REO 9100c VTL with hardware compression, the REO 9500D deduplicating VTL and the NEO 4100 tape library. The products replace an aging tape backup system.

Brewery picks Mimosa
Mimosa announced that Gordon Biersch Brewing, a brewery restaurant chain with 17 locations in 13 states and the District of Columbia, has deployed Mimosa NearPoint for Microsoft Exchange Server. The company is using the archive for compliance, as well as to maintain a 250 MB quota on user mailboxes.

Xiotech reports new storage customers
Xiotech reported several new customers have purchased its new Xiotech Magnitude 3D 4000 SANs. New customers include DaySpring Cards, a subsidiary of Hallmark, Eau Claire Area School District, Hard Rock Park, Highlands County Clerk of Courts Prelude Services and Widen Enterprises

Zmanda backs up Ubuntu
Zmanda's Amanda Enterprise Edition now supports Ubuntu and is the first enterprise backup software available for this distribution of the Linux operating system. Ubuntu has been gaining popularity on both desktops and servers, but users are still primarily backing up their data with homegrown scripts, according to Zmanda. Zmanda is offering a special promotional Amanda Enterprise bundle now through December 2007 that includes one Amanda Enterprise backup server license and five backup client licenses of any operating system (Linux, Windows, Solaris).

Elasticdrive hooks up with Nirvanix
Hosted storage service provider Nirvanix announced that Enomaly has chosen its Storage Delivery System for disk mirroring, backups, content replication, load balancing and Web caching to support its own ElasticDrive remote storage application marketed to Web developers. ElasticDrive users can use Nirvanix like any other local block-storage device, formatting it with a file system of their choice and mounting it to a directory or in a mirrored RAID configuration.

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