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Survey: More than 60% of SMBs don't use email archiving software

A recent survey says more than 60% of U.S. small businesses don't use email archiving software; ProStor announces 200 InfiniVault customers; and more news.

The following is a compilation of the latest small- to medium-sized business (SMB) data storage news.

More than 60% of SMBs don't use email archiving software

GFI Software announced the results of an independent survey conducted by Opinion Matters, in which more than 200 U.S.-based IT decision makers participated. The study revealed that 62.4% of SMBs don't use email archiving software, and 38% of the 202 businesses polled don't have an archiving or backup plan of any kind in place.

Additional results from the survey revealed that 66.8% of respondents were unfamiliar with U.S. regulatory compliance standards regarding email archiving; 37% said they are required to search for old and deleted emails on a monthly basis; and 31% said they would consider a hosted approach to email archiving.

ProStor Systems has shipped 200 PB of RDX removable disk storage

ProStor Systems announced that they have surpassed 200 customers for the ProStor InfiniVault archive storage system and have shipped 200 petabytes of its RDX removable disk storage.

The use of RDX disk within InfiniVault supports a tiered archive approach that allows data to be placed on the right type of storage for multiple usage patterns -- online, nearline, offline and offsite. ProStor is engaged with over 250 channel partners selling the InfiniVault line. The RDX removable disk technology is sold by seven OEM partners including Dell, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. and IBM.

Hybrid host connectivity from Infortrend enables SAN tiering, remote replication

Infortrend announced it now offers hybrid connectivity of Fibre Channel (FC) and iSCSI on selected storage systems in its midrange ESVA and entry-level EonStor DS families. With FC and iSCSI combined in a single system, users can achieve consolidated SAN tiering, meeting service level requirements of tier 1 applications on FC SAN and of tier 2 applications on IP SAN. With the hybrid systems, there is no need to use a protocol converter to deploy remote data replication; built-in iSCSI ports can be directly connected to the IP network. As a result, the company claims disaster recovery plans can be implemented at a lower cost.

Avere virtualizes storage infrastructure with introduction of Global Namespace

Avere Systems announced the introduction of global namespace (GNS) functionality across its entire FXT Scale-out NAS Appliance family in the newest release of the Avere operating system. Avere GNS enables a single namespace view across all network-attached storage (NAS) storage servers throughout the enterprise. Avere’s GNS is an important part of the company’s A-3 Architecture, the technological foundation on which its solutions are built upon. The A-3 Architecture is delivered to users as part of its FXT Scale-out NAS Appliance. 

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