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Capellas to run VCE coalition for EMC and Cisco; other data storage news

EMC, Cisco tap former Compaq CEO Michael Capellas to head their joint VCE venture; Brocade, EMC release products to build private cloud storage foundation; and other data storage news.

EMC Corp. and Cisco Systems Inc. have picked former Compaq CEO Michael Capellas to run their joint ventures. Capellas will lead the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) coalition and serve as CEO of the joint EMC-Cisco Acadia venture.

Besides his experience as chief information officer, chief operating officer and then CEO of Compaq, Capellas was president of Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. after the HP-Compaq merger. He has also been CEO of First Data Corp. and MCI Inc., and sits on Cisco's board of directors.

The VCE coalition packages EMC storage, Cisco networking and VMware virtualization products into what the companies call Vblocks. Acadia handles services and integration for the VCE products. Capellas will report to EMC CEO Joe Tucci and Cisco CEO John Chambers.

Brocade, EMC release products to build foundation for private cloud storage

Brocade Communication Systems Inc. and EMC have released the first set of jointly developed products and services to support Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint and Oracle Database 11g environments for private cloud storage. The products combine Brocade and EMC technologies, including EMC tiered storage platform with the Brocade DCX Backbone infrastructure, Microsoft Hyper-V and VMware vSphere virtualization solutions management software, Brocade DCX Backbone and RSA Key Manager for fabric-based encryption, and EMC RecoverPoint.

Imation lunches Defender Collection, expands secure data storage portfolio

Imation Corp. has launched the Defender Collection, a portfolio of digital storage products to protect information on at-rest storage devices. The portfolio includes flash drives, external hard drives, optical storage and software that prevent unauthorized access to confidential data. Imation has partnered with security technology companies MXI Security and Encryptx Corp. The new line is Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) validated and compliant with the Trade Agreements Act (TAA).

Spectra Logic nTier700 disk appliance supports data deduplication, replication

Spectra Logic Corp. is making the 120 TB Spectra nTier700 disk appliance available, with 2 TB drives and 16 GB of memory available for backup and archive applications. The Spectra nTier700 supports up to six storage blades with 10 drives apiece. It supports data deduplication, replication, disk-to-tape backup, tiered storage services and BakBone's NetVault, CA's ArcServe and BrightStor, CommVault's Simpana, and Symantec's Backup Exec and NetBackup.

Kroll Ontrack updates data recovery tool

Kroll Ontrack Inc. enhanced its flash and solid-state drive (SSD) data recovery services with a refined toolkit to help provide faster retrieval of lost or corrupted data.

QNAP launches 8-drive rack-mounted NAS server

QNAP Systems Inc. released its TS-859U-RP Business Series Turbo NAS server. The 2U rack-mounted unit model contains eight hot-swappable 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch hard disk drives, 16 TB of capacity and a redundant power-supply.

Seven10 releases new StorFirst EAS

Seven10 Storage Software Inc. upgraded its StorFirst EAS data lifecycle management software. StorFirst EAS 3.7 archives unstructured data across storage tiers, supporting cloud storage platforms such as EMC Corp., Iron Mountain Inc. and VMware Inc., as well as NAS and DAS environments.

SolarWinds releases free SolarWinds SAN Monitor

IT management software provider SolarWinds LLC is offering a free SolarWinds SAN Monitor. SAN Monitor helps identify performance bottlenecks with disk I/O and latency, and monitor storage array performance with LUN inventory details using a desktop dashboard.

Texas law firm implements Iron Mountain eVantage

Texas-based law firm Haynes and Boone, LLP has implemented Iron Mountain eVantage as a firm-wide e-discovery platform to manage client data. eVantage provides on-site data reduction, analysis and early assessment capabilities, and feeds information to Iron Mountain's Stratify Legal Discovery Review solution, a cloud-based review platform.

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