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Storage Radio: HP rebrands LeftHand storage

In our latest Storage Radio podcast, editors talk about HP's decision to rebrand its LeftHand storage arrays.

In our latest Storage Radio podcast, executive editor Ellen O’Brien and senior news director Dave Raffo talk about HP's decision to rebrand its LeftHand storage arrays as the StoreVirtual Storage platform and renaming its NAS for Windows-based machines as StoreEasy.

And then stay tuned as associate editor John Hilliard highlights some of the week's best stories from our sites, including:

EMC to broaden Velocity Service Provider program -- EMC said it wants to triple the size of its cloud storage service provider program by the start of 2014, which would dramatically expand the number of storage resellers that offer cloud services that operate on EMC products. The company's Velocity Service Provider program was started in mid-2011 and now has 60 cloud storage partners, although new firms will be added to the program by invitation-only, according to EMC.

Nasuni raises $20 million in latest funding round -- Cloud storage startup Nasuni said it has raised $20 million, bringing its total haul to $43 million since the company opened its doors in 2009.

The $20 million came from an anonymous investor, according to the company. Nasuni's CEO said the money will help expand the company's sales and marketing work. The Natick, Mass.-based Nasuni currently has 45 employees and plans to double that figure over the next year.

Nasuni focuses on the storage-as-a-service market and offers a controller that allows users to store data in the Amazon S3 or Windows Azure clouds.

CommVault rolls out standalone snapshot product -- CommVault has released its snapshot technology as a standalone offering, allowing customers to use the company's snapshots with a third-party backup product.

The new IntelliSnap Recovery Manager uses the same snapshot techniques as the company's Simpana backup, and the product is compatible with major vendors like HP, Dell and EMC. A 25-server license costs $10,000, according to CommVault.

IntelliSnap Recovery Manager is supposed to quickly recover data from VMware, Windows file systems, Exchange servers, SQL and SharePoint, according to CommVault.

Windows Storage Server gains new features -- Microsoft said it added more enterprise-grade features to Windows Storage Server 2012, but analysts say that the company's competitors continue to rake in the bulk of revenue from the NAS/unified storage market.

Windows Storage Server is designed for storage systems using NAS or iSCSI, and the latest version is expected to be released in the fourth quarter of this year. Among the improvements are data deduplication, Storage Spaces virtualization for the creation of storage pools and Server Message Block 3.0 protocol upgrades.

That field is dominated by name competitors like EMC and NetApp, which together have more than 70% of the NAS/unified storage hardware market for enterprises. Meanwhile, Microsoft's revenue is about 2.1%, said analysts.

While Microsoft reportedly dominates the SMB field for this market, the enterprise could prove to be more of a challenge.

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