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HP-Microsoft alliance produces storage appliances for Exchange, SQL; other data storage news

HP-Microsoft alliance produces storage appliances; Nasuni delivers data migration service for cloud storage providers; Western Digital adds 6 Gbps SAS hard drives; and other data storage news.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. and Microsoft Corp. have launched storage appliances consisting of HP servers and storage tuned to run Microsoft applications. The first three systems are designed for Exchange 2010, SQL Server and SharePoint.

The appliances are part of an HP-Microsoft alliance announced last year. The HP Business Decision Appliance is optimized for Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft SharePoint, and costs less than $28,000. The HP Enterprise Data Warehouse Appliance is designed to improve scalability and deliver faster queries for SQL Server 2008 R2, and pricing begins at close to $2 million. Pricing for the HP E5000 Messaging System for Microsoft Exchange Server starts at $36,000. Pricing doesn't include software licenses.

Nasuni automatically migrates files to cloud storage providers
Nasuni Corp. has added a data migration service for the Nasuni Filer, enabling customers to move file server data to cloud storage providers. The native migration feature is part of Nasuni Filer 2.4, and moves data sets to the cloud while preserving customers' Access Control Lists (ACLs) and permissions.

Western Digital expands SAS platform
Western Digital Corp. made available two new 6 Gbps SAS hard drive lines, the 2.5-inch S25 SAS and 3.5-inch RE SAS drives. The S25 are 10,000 rpm drives that come in capacities of 450 GB and 600 GB. The 7,200 rpm RE drives are 1 TB and 2 TB models.

Digital Reef, Exterro integrate compliance products
Compliance management software vendor Exterro Inc. and e-discovery software vendor Digital Reef Inc. have integrated Exterro Fusion with Digital Reef eDiscovery. The combination is designed to help customers manage legal holds, early case assessment and the e-discovery process.

Cloud storage startup Cirtas gets new CEO, funding
Cloud storage gateway startup Cirtas Systems has named Gary Messiana CEO and closed a $22.5 million B funding round. Messiana replaces founder Dan Decasper, who remains at Cirtas as chief technology officer. Cirtas launched its Bluejet Cloud Storage Controller last September.

dataStor gets data deduplication patent
Data Storage Group Inc. (dataStor) said it received a patent for its data deduplication technology, called Adaptive Content Factoring. dataStor Shield inline deduplication products include an integrated virtual file system that allows users to make point-in-time restores.

Veeam claims thousands of new users for last virtual machine backup app
Veeam Software said there were more than 50,000 downloads of Veeam Backup & Replication 5 in the first 90 days it launched. In addition, the vendor said more than 2,500 new customers purchased the latest virtual machine backup software and more than 2,200 previous customers upgraded to the Enterprise Edition over that time period.

VCE alliance drops Acadia name 
The company formed last year through a partnership of VMware, Cisco and EMC is dropping the name Acadia, and will be called the Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) Company. The company also said it will handle all product integration, pre-sales and support of VCE products instead of only focusing on managed service delivery. VCE sells Vblock stacks consisting of EMC storage, Cisco networking gear and VMware server virtualization software. Michael Capellas, who was CEO of Acadia, remains CEO of VCE.


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