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3PAR supports SATA disk drives

3PAR claims it will support SATA without a reduction in performance; Pillar to ship application-aware thin provisioning; Incipient gets $15.6 million in new funding.

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3PAR supports SATA disk drives
3PAR introduced "Nearline for Online," a new feature of its InServ Storage Server disk arrays that the company claims will allow high-capacity, low-cost enterprise-class SATA to be used for all applications.

Pillar to ship application-aware thin provisioning
Pillar made software updates to its Axiom disk arrays, including a feature called Application-Aware Thin Provisioning, designed to automate storage provisioning according to application priority. Other new features include writeable block snapshots with no impact to cache or system performance and a new RAID option dubbed Pooled RAID 10. Pooled RAID 10 also can be set on a LUN-by-LUN basis and does not require that an entire drive be either RAID 5 or RAID 10. The new features will be generally available March 14.

CA brushes up mainframe backups
CA rolled out Vantage SRM r12, which automates storage monitoring and analysis tasks and takes corrective actions in z/OS mainframe storage environments. A new virtual tape offering, Vtape VTS r12 uses TCP/IP instead of expensive channel extenders for a new peer-to-peer option for real-time tape mirroring.

VMware, LeftHand offer iSCSI SAN as virtual machine

Server-based IP SANs are catching on
Symantec launches service option for Backup Exec

Data Domain makes remote office data deduplication push

IBM, Arsenal Digital sued over acquisition

Compellent adds disk stroking and app tuning to SAN

Apple updates XSan software, dumps XServe arrays
NetApp encrypts HP NonStop data
NetApp storage security products (formerly Decru) are now qualified to back up and encrypt data from HP Integrity NonStop servers.

IBM validates QLogic InfiniBand
QLogic completed validation testing of its InfiniBand products with the IBM DB2 data server platform, including the IBM DB2 Viper product that allows customers to store data in XML and compresses row data.

MonoSphere joins VMware Alliance
MonoSphere joined the VMware Technology Alliance Partner Program, giving it access to the server virtualization vendor's training, support and software licenses.

Incipient rounds up $15.6 million
Incipient said it has closed a $15.6 million Series E round of funding from existing investors. Incipient said the funding will go to sales and marketing for its Incipient Network Storage Platform software, which competes with EMC's Invista switch-based storage virtualization platform.

French government agency goes with FalconStor
FalconStor announced the deployment of a Fibre Channel Network Storage Server and IPStor storage virtualization platform at France's Office National Interprofessionel des Grandes Cultures. The product is being used for snapshot services, and the agency plans to use it for disk-to-disk backup later on, according to a FalconStor press release.

Vizioncore and DataCore team up
DataCore forged a Technology Partner Alliance with VMware backup software maker Vizioncore. The companies are pushing their products in tandem for off-site backup and disaster recovery.

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