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Storage Radio: EMC revenue reported low

In our weekly Storage Radio podcast, editors discuss the latest EMC revenue forecast and the recent Storage Networking World conference in California.

In our latest Storage Radio podcast, senior news director Dave Raffo and associate editor John Hilliard discuss the latest revenue forecast for EMC Corp. Here's the shortened version of the company's announcement: EMC revenue wasn't as strong as originally expected due to a worldwide economic downturn affecting the IT industry as a whole.

Dave and John then tackle the obstacles facing object storage, a topic discussed by data storage experts at the recent Storage Networking World conference in California. Click on the link below to listen to the podcast.

Then listen to a wrap-up of some of the week's best news stories from our sites:

Backup Exec woes continue: Symantec Corp. Backup Exec license sales are down, and the company blames the decline on "self-inflicted wounds" left over from a revamp of the product that led some users to publicly air their complaints.

According to Raffo's story on, last quarter's Backup Exec product licensing revenue dropped 9% compared with the same period in 2011.

Symantec CEO Steve Bennett said fixing Backup Exec is a high priority. The company is rolling out upgrades to Backup Exec 2012 to address problems users have raised with the software, such as restoring functionality that was available in previous versions of the backup product for small- and medium-sized businesses

Meanwhile, Symantec's appliance revenue is increasing, with IDC reporting Symantec's second quarter revenue up 268% over the same period in 2011. Symantec is the third biggest player in the backup appliance market, behind EMC and IBM.

The rise of phase-change memory: The storage industry is awash in media technologies to store data -- spinning disk, tape and now solid-state -- but another form of memory is on the way that could potentially offer the benefits of both speed and longevity.

In his recent story, senior site editor Andrew Burton highlights phase-change memory (PCM), which uses a glass-like substance as the storage medium. Researchers developing PCM technology say they've improved the speed with which data writes can be made to PCM, plus the medium offers the potential of greater data density and longevity than solid-state.

Burton's reporting also includes a Q&A with a PCM researcher.

Replication changes save money: Raffo highlights Transfreight, a Kentucky-based logistics company that said it saved money and made a more flexible storage system possible by switching from array-based to hypervisor-based replication.

Transfreight said it turned to Zerto Virtual Replication (ZVR) to replicate information between its data centers over a WAN, while maintaining its recovery point objective times for critical programs.

The change also allows the company greater flexibility in choosing storage technology. ZVR uses a virtual replication appliance software module that offers continuous data replication from virtual machines to the company's remote site, according to the story.

Yottabyte tackles the cloud: Yottabyte unveiled its new operating system (OS) for enterprise cloud storage this week, which the company said allows organizations to build their own clouds. The OS, called Yottabyte Enterprise 2.0, is marketed as a way for storage providers to build clouds with commodity hardware using a SAN. Analysts say the product is similar to technology now being called a storage hypervisor, which manages virtualized storage across different types of infrastructures, like iSCSI and Fibre Channel, but with a file system included.

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