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Storage roundup: Permabit targets cloud storage providers

Permabit launches storage for cloud providers with Mezeo Software; Hitachi Global Storage Technologies delivers 2 TB SATA disk; Index Engines and BlueArc combine for fast indexing.

This week's storage news:

Permabit Technology Corp. released a storage system for cloud service providers, and formed a partnership with cloud software vendor Mezeo Software to provide joint products.

Permabit Cloud Storage comes in base configurations of 72 TB or 144 TB of raw capacity, and scales to 32 grids or 4.6 petabytes of raw capacity. Like all Permabit storage systems, it features in-line deduplication -- although Permabit targets its deduplication mainly at archived data instead of backups. The Mezeo Cloud Storage Platform (MCSP) provides access to files through desktop, Web, smart phones or applications, and lets service providers offer multiple, branded cloud offerings.

Permabit CEO Tom Cook called the Mezeo deal the first of many. "We've been a supplier to service providers and private clouds for some time," Cook said. "We think there's new juice in the marketplace because of new attention to cost efficiency. You get that from the integration of storage and applications."

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies ships 2 TB SATA drive

Hitachi Global Storage Technologies is shipping an enterprise-class 7,200 rpm 2 TB SATA disk. The Hitachi GST Ultrastar A7K2000 claims a mean time between failure (MTBF) of 1.2 million hours in 24/7 nearline applications. The drive has twice the capacity of Hitachi Global Storage Technologies' previous generation 3.5-inch drive. The company will also ship 500 GB and 1 TB versions of the A7K2000.

VirtenSys raises $16 million in funding

VirtenSys Inc. said it has received $16 million in funding following to help market its I/O virtualization products. Participation in the series C funding round included all of the startup's previous investors: Scottish Equity Partners (SEP), Celtic House Venture Partners (CHVP) and Gimv.

Index Engines indexes 1 TB/hour on BlueArc storage

Index Engines Inc. and BlueArc Corp. claim that the new Index Engines 3.0 platform performs full content and metadata indexing of BlueArc Titan NAS data at sustained rates of up to 1 TB per hour using one indexing node.

Digital Reef and Anacomp combine for e-discovery services

Digital Reef Inc. and Anacomp entered a technology alliance agreement allowing Anacomp to use Digital Reef's data management platform for its litigation support services. The partnership combines Digital Reef's e-discovery capabilities with Anacomp's CaseLogistix review platform and legal discovery consultants.

QNAP launches 4-drive rack-mounted NAS servers

QNAP Systems Inc. rolled out TS-439U-RP and TS-439U-SP, entry-level, four-drive 1U rack-mounted NAS servers with iSCSI support. The systems scale to 8 TB. The RP model includes a redundant power supply.

Construction firm picks Storwize to reduce storage

Storwize Inc. announced that Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co Ltd. has chosen the Storwize STN-6000 capacity optimization solution to reduce storage and operational costs associated with their CAD and image application data.

NEC offers financing deals

NEC Corp. of America is offering customers 0% financing until 2012 or no payments for 120 days on Hydrastor backup and archive grid storage, D-Series SAN storage, Fault Tolerant servers and enterprise Intel Xeon processor-based servers. The financing options are good through the end of the year.

Dynamic Solutions International introduces flash card

Dynamic Solutions International (DSI) rolled out the DSI3020 PCIe solid-state disk (SSD) storage expansion card. The 450 GB server-based Flash card is designed to accelerate performance by providing a larger and faster data buffer zone, and is targeted at organizations without external SAN or NAS storage.

Healthcare firm backs up with Arkeia

Goold Health Systems is using Arkeia Software Inc.'s Network Backup for its Linux platform in its corporate data center. Goold deploys Arkeia Network Backup agents for Linux servers, as well as specialized agents for MySQL databases and Arkeia's VTL software.

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