In our podcast this week, SearchStorage.com Executive Editor Ellen O’Brien and Senior News Director Dave Raffo talk about the first flash SAN released by Texas Memory Systems. The company’s RamSan-720 system features redundant components and failover capabilities for organizations that want to run multiple applications on one system with no single point of failure.
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And in other storage news, SearchDataBackup.com reports this week that Actifio closed a $33.5 million funding round, which gives it a treasure chest to market and develop its alternative data backup and disaster recovery product.
Actifio isn’t particularly well known among storage vendors, but founder and CEO Ash Ashutosh said the company has more than 100 customers in barely a year of shipping products. Most of the customers are enterprises and service providers, Ashutosh said.
And at Data Defenders, we report on a leadership change at Acronis Inc., where CEO Jason Donahue will be replaced next month by ex-Red Hat Inc. executive Alex Pinchev.
Pinchev was Red Hat’s president of global sales services & field marketing since April 2008, and before that, worked for five years as an executive at the company. According to Acronis, he has 30 years of business experience, including in the storage management and virtualization markets.
Also at our blog, we have a report on an IDC study showing third quarter revenue gains in archiving software, which rose 9.7% over the same period in 2010. Backup software giants EMC and Symantec were the overall storage software leaders, with EMC generating $847 million and Symantec $530 million.
And EMC is building up its training and certifications program by adding new levels of curricula for IT professionals who want to deepen their skills in the cloud, virtualization and data analytics.
The new courses fall under the umbrella of the EMC Proven Professional Training and Certification program. EMC launched a Cloud Architect program last January for IT professionals with a broad and deep understanding of server, storage, security, networking and business application disciplines but want to get better skills for handling virtualization and cloud computing.