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FalconStor enhances VMware backups

FalconStor rolls out an accelerator for VMware backups; Virtual Instruments unveils I/O optimization software for VMware; VirtenSys shows off I/O virtualization switch.

FalconStor Software Inc. launched HyperTrac Backup Accelerator for VMware Consolidated Backup (VCB). HyperTrac technology for VMware integrates with the FalconStor Network Storage Server (NSS) data protection and disaster recovery (DR) platform.

HyperTrac Backup Accelerator for VCB optimizes VCB backups to minimize impact on virtual machines and connected storage. It installs on any server with VMware Consolidated Backup and creates standby virtual machines on a separate ESX host dedicated to backups, then uses FalconStor's thin snapshots to present VMware snapshots as the source data for VCB backups.

Virtual Instruments prepares I/O optimization software

Virtual Instruments introduced VirtualWisdom, which is designed to help IT administrators optimize performance and availability of virtual machines. VirtualWisdom provides storage-area network (SAN) I/O intelligence to VMware deployments, helping admins load balance based on I/O performance. Virtual Instruments expects VirtualWisdom to be available by June.

VirtenSys demos I/O switch

VirtenSys Ltd. shipped its VMX-5000 IO Virtualization (IOV) Switch to storage and server vendors, and demonstrated the device at VMworld Europe 2009 this week. The VMX-5000 uses the native PCI Express bus in servers to consolidate and virtualize I/O adapters such as Fibre Channel host bus adapters, Ethernet network interface cards and RAID controllers.

Reldata and Xyratex enable heterogeneous storage

Reldata Inc.'s 9240 iSCSI/NAS storage systems have been certified with the Xyratex International Inc. F6412E RAID storage system. The compatibility testing ensures interoperability for customers looking to virtualize storage on the Reldata and Xyratex systems.

Ocarina Networks secures $20 million in Series B financing

Ocarina Networks closed a $20 million Series B round of financing led by JAFCO Ventures with contributions from Series A investors Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and Highland Capital Partners LLC. Joe Horowitz, a managing general partner at JAFCO Ventures, will join the Ocarina board of directors.

iQstor Networks launches Velocity Partner Program

iQstor Networks Inc. introduced the Velocity Partner Program for its storage systems, including the iQ2850 iSCSI and iQ2880 Fibre Channel arrays. The partner program offers resellers and solution providers financial incentives, sales programs, technical training and pre-sales support among other things.

LifeScript health site picks 3PAR, a women's online health portal, has deployed 3PAR Utility Storage. LifeScript claims its Web 2.0 portal and email processing engine now supports 3 billion transactions per month for a third less cost than its previous storage environment. It also reduced average time to provision new servers from several hours to minutes.

Spectra Logic Federal opens technology center in Washington, D.C.

Spectra Logic Federal is opening its first technology center in Washington, D.C. The new facility offers a training center for customers, prospects and partners, as well as a technology laboratory for customer demonstrations and meeting space for Spectra Logic Federal sales and engineering staff. The tape library vendor also said it ran up year-over-year revenue increases despite the current economic conditions.

Seanodes joins the VMware Technology Alliance Partner program

Seanodes Inc. has joined the VMware Technology Alliance Partner (TAP) program, which helps technology vendors integrate Seanodes' iSCSI software with VMware's server virtualization. TAP provides technical marketing services, tools and customer support.

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