Storage Radio: Dell financial report says sales drop; Brocade CEO out

In our latest Storage Radio podcast, editors discuss the Dell financial report and what it might mean for the company's future.

Dell Inc. may have broken off its relationship with EMC Corp., but Dell's less-than-expected storage revenues suggest the company has more work to do before it can claim a leadership role in the storage market.

In our latest Storage Radio podcast, executive editor Ellen O’Brien and senior news director Dave Raffo discuss the Dell financial report and what it might mean for the company's future.

We also cover Brocade Communications Systems Inc.'s recent announcement regarding the departure of its CEO. What's next for the Fibre Channel switching vendor? Tune in to learn more.

Associate editor John Hilliard then highlights some of the week's best stories from our sites, including a story from SearchSolidStateStorage about an upgrade that will allow Pure Storage Inc.'s FlashArray systems to support iSCSI, space-efficient snapshots and greater VMware integration. The new features will be part of the Purity 2.5 operating system, which is in beta.

A Storage Soup blog notes the increasing competition for all-flash arrays with a post about IBM's acquisition of all-flash vendor Texas Memory Systems. Other vendors offering all-flash arrays include Kaminario, Nimbus Data, Skyera, SolidFire, Tegile Systems, Violin Memory and Whiptail.

A Raffo-bylined article on SearchDataBackup highlights the addition of physical backup support to Quest Software Inc.'s. vRanger6 virtual machine backup product when it's released by the end of the year. Quest, which is expected to be bought by Dell for $2.4 billion, gained a solid following by being one of the few vendors that addressed virtual server data protection when vRanger was first released under a different brand name in 2006.

The company said customers now expect their backup apps to handle both physical and virtual backup operations.

The SearchStorage site delves into Dell's addition of new hybrid solid-state arrays to its high-end EqualLogic iSCSI SAN PS6500 lineup. The new arrays -- marketed as the PS6510E and the PS6500ES -- are intended for the high IOPS required by virtual desktop infrastructure deployments. The arrays include support for up to seven 400 GB solid-state drives and scale up to 84.8 TB of raw capacity. The new systems are designed to handle workloads in data warehouses, online transactional databases and media applications.

Finally, SearchCloudStorage senior news writer Sonia Lelii writes about Amazon Web Services' release of the Amazon Glacier cloud storage service. The service is meant to be an alternative to tape archives and is intended for data that can tolerate a three- to five-hour retrieval time. Amazon said it will charge customers 1 cent per gigabyte per month for data stored with the service. By comparison, data stored on Amazon's S3 cloud service for enterprises costs 12.5 cents per gigabyte per month, but can be retrieved immediately, according to the company.

This was last published in August 2012

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