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Promise adds snapshots, thin provisioning, storage virtualization; and other data storage news

Promise rolls out storage appliance with management, data protection; Arkeia adds backup agent for VMware; VCE alliance gains first European Vblock 1 sale; and other data storage news.

Promise Technology Inc. extended its VTrak storage system product line with a new appliance that includes storage virtualization, snapshots, mirroring, data replication, failover and thin provisioning through partners.

The VTrak S3000 is a 1U system that supports 8 Gbps Fibre Channel as well as Gigabit and 10 Gigabit iSCSI, and scales to scales to 32 TB in one node. The system is also available in multi-node configurations. Pricing for the VTrak S3000 starts at $36,000. The new features come from partners Atempo, DataCore Software, FalconStor Software, NEC, Sanrad, Tarmin Technologies and Vicom Systems. All of the new services are included in the price of each system.

Arkeia adds VMware support

Arkeia Software launched a new backup agent for the latest VMware virtual environments as part of Akeia Network Backup 8.2. Arkeia's new agent leverages VMware's vStorage application programming interface (API) to offer support for VMware vSphere 4 -- any combination of vCenter, ESX and ESXi -- as well as VMware Infrastructure 3. As with other Arkeia backup agents, Arkeia's vStorage Backup Agent permits backups to disk, tape and disk, and then to tape. Backup data sets can be replicated locally, and over a WAN.

VCE shakes off Cobwebs in Europe with first Vblock sale

U.K.-based IT consultant MTI said service provider Cobweb Solutions has become the first European customer for the Vblock 1 integrated system based on Cisco's Unified Computing System (UCS), EMC's Clariion storage and VMware's vSphere 4 platform. Cobweb uses the Vblock 1 system for its Cobweb Cloud midsized enterprise service in the U.K. Vblock 1 is one of three configurations offered by the VCE alliance, and is aimed at midsized enterprises with 800 to 3,000 virtual machines.

Smarsh cuts storage capacity with 3PAR

3PAR Inc. said Portland, Ore.-based managed service provider Smarsh is using 3PAR InServ T-Class Storage Servers to support its Microsoft SQL Server database, and another T-Class array for backup and recovery. Smarsh claims it reduced its storage footprint by 66%, storage capacity by 45% and provisioning time by 40% after implementing 3PAR to replace its direct-attached storage.

Zetta hires sales VP

Cloud storage provider Zetta Inc. appointed Dave Ferretti vice president (VP) of worldwide sales. Ferretti joins Zetta from StoredIQ, where he served as VP of sales for the information management vendor; he previously held sales executive positions at EVault and Xerox Corp.

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