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Dell strategy on backup appliances points to AppAssure, CommVault

This week’s Storage Radio discusses the Dell strategy for growing its backup appliance market, and the release of two new appliances. Executive Editor Ellen O'Brien and Senior News Director Dave Raffo talk about the week's top headlines, including news from the Dell Storage Forum Paris regarding the launch of two new Dell appliances in the backup space. Dave and Ellen discuss the top five headlines from across the Storage Media Group portfolio this week, and talk about trends such as object storage, flash technology and big data.

Dell strategy for backup appliances showcased:  The announcement of two new integrated backup appliances from Dell had plenty of people at Dell Storage Forum in Paris talking about the Dell strategy in this space. One of the Dell appliances is based on the company's own AppAssure software, which the company acquired in February. The other was released with the company's partner CommVault, and both aim to take advantage of a data backup appliance market analysts tell is growing like "gangbusters."

Quantum Corp debuts Lattus-X disk archive with object storage: The first in Quantum Corp.'s wide-area storage portfolio, the Lattus-X, is an archiving device that offers a scale-out network-attached storage disk system, which uses Amplidata's AmpliStore object storage. The idea here is that IT buyers and end users with large amounts of unstructured data have a need for a product less expensive than primary disk, although it is more expensive to use than today's tape products. Lattus can deliver better restore times than tape, but can't match primary disk in that regard.

NetApp CEO talks technology tucks, Cache IQ: NetApp Inc. held its quarterly earnings release this week, and announced it had scooped up Cache IQ Inc, and planned to "tuck" the company's technology and engineers into the NetApp product line, but said customers shouldn't be on the lookout for a standalone product. Also this week, the company's chief technology officer told reporters in Dublin that NetApp won't be in the all-flash-array market anytime soon.

DataDirect Networks jumps into hybrid flash market: Starting next year, DataDirectNetworks will be selling its first hybrid flash array. The company, which specializes in HPC, is aiming it straight at the big data market. Company executives said a base unit will support up to 60 drives and 84-drive add-on enclosures, and they can be set up for any combination of solid-state drives and spinning disk.

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