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Storage vendors boost support for Microsoft apps

Brocade, Emulex add support for Virtual Machine Manager; Dell/EqualLogic integrates Exchange snapshots; Bocada reports on DPM inside Microsoft.

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Storage vendors boost support for Microsoft
Storage vendors Brocade, Emulex and Dell-EqualLogic have rolled out new support for Microsoft applications and features including System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008, Exchange snapshots and Data Protection Manager.

Brocade is working with Microsoft to develop a management pack for the Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) feature in the 2008 version of Microsoft's virtual machine management console. Brocade is also looking to push its data center fabric and HBA management capabilities into Virtual Machine Manager. Emulex said its virtual HBA and I/O virtualization products will also support PRO.

Dell-EqualLogic said its PS5000 series array will support a Smart Copy software module for Exchange. Similar to NetApp's snap manager, EqualLogic's Smart Copy allows administrators to manage snapshots within the Exchange server interface.

Bocada said Microsoft has deployed the Bocada Centralized Manager for DPM 2007 and Bocada Enterprise for DPM 2007 software in its own internal environment.

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EMC Mozy targets Mac backup
Moonwalk and Caringo partner on CAS migration
Moonwalk and Caringo are pitching a combination of their software products as a replacement for CAS systems, such as EMC's Centera and Centera File Archiver.

BakBone enhances Report Manager with Pro version
BakBone's latest version of its NetVault: Report Manager software provides detailed backup log reports and advanced search capabilities, along with monitoring and reporting for backup, disk space and Exchange.

Infortrend unveils iSCSI arrays
Infortrend offers two new external iSCSI to SAS/SATA RAID arrays with four Gigabit Ethernet ports on each controller. The EonStor S16E-G1130 single-controller subsystem is available through Infortrend distributors and the S16E-R1130 redundant controller subsystem will be available shortly.

Fujitsu releases LTO tape libraries
Fujitsu Siemens Computers rolled out the second generation of its FibreCAT TX24 and FibreCAT TX48 LTO tape libraries. The FibreCAT TX24 S2 devices include SAS interfaces and Fujitsu plans to equip the systems with SCSI and Fibre Channel connections. The S2 library takes up two units in a 19-inch rack and is able to store data unattended for close to five weeks with up to 24 data cartridges. The FibreCAT TX48 S2 offers up to 48 cartridge slots and can store up to 76.8 TB of compressed data. The products will be available from Fujitsu channel partners in June.

Hammer offers external hard drive
Hammer Storage, a division of Bell Microproducts, launched an external hard drive that connects via USB 2.0. The drive, dubbed morespace, is priced under 25 cents per gigabyte for models above 500 GB in capacity and can be found at retail stores and online retailers. The drive is backed by a one-year warranty and Hammer support. Capacities include 250 GB up to 1 TB, with 1.5 TB expected to be offered later this quarter.

Smart Modular Technologies unveils high-density Flash drives
Smart Modular Technologies is selling 2.5-inch solid-state drives (SSDs) from its subsidiary, Adtron. The drives feature densities up to 128 GB in a 2.5-inch form factor, and can use either a PATA or 3 Gbit SATA interface. Early access A25FB-3 SATA SSD units are available now with general availability expected by midsummer. The I25FB-3 PATA SSDs are scheduled for general availability in the fall.

Daymark Solutions and Bowditch & Dewey launch e-discovery service
Daymark Solutions has joined forces with law firm Bowditch & Dewey to offer a e-discovery compliance service that will advise organizations in New England on creating document retention policies.

Hitachi GST, PMC-Sierra tout 6 Gbps SAS interoperability
PMC-Sierra's end-to-end 6 Gbps SAS chipsets are now interoperable with 6 Gbps SAS prototype hard disk drives from Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST). The 6 Gbps SAS hard drives will be backward-compatible with existing 3 Gbps devices.

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