Storage Radio: Symantec works on improved Backup Exec 2012 features

Following customers' concerns, Symantec is working on improved Backup Exec 2012 features and the company met with users earlier this summer.

Following customers' concerns, Symantec Corp. is working on improved Backup Exec 2012 features and the company met with users earlier this summer. But will all the revisions to the product be enough to quell its critics?

In our latest Storage Radio podcast, join’s executive editor Ellen O’Brien and senior news director Dave Raffo as they discuss Symantec's efforts to placate its unhappy customers.

Plus, follow along as we highlight some of the best stories this week from our sites and from around the Web with associate editor John Hilliard, including:

Cleversafe Inc. says that its next generation of object storage systems can be used to build a 10 exabyte storage cloud. And the company claims that the Cleversafe storage cloud will come with a throughput of 1 terabyte (TB) per second.

The company's 3000 series of appliances is the architecture Cleversafe claims could do the job. Industry analysts say that the company appears serious about going after the "big data" market.

Of course, a 10 exabyte cloud remains theoretical, as it's unlikely anyone will build a cloud that big in the near future.

And earlier this week, Pure Storage Inc. closed a $40 million funding round, which the company said will be used to expand sales, marketing and product development.

Pure first came out of stealth with its FlashArray platform a year ago and now faces a crowded field with competition from big vendors like EMC and HP, along with smaller shops like Violin Memory Inc., Nimbus Data Systems Inc. and Whiptail. Pure will announce its second-generation software capabilities by the end of the month, a company executive said.

And via The New York Times, German data protection authorities have reopened an investigation into Facebook. Government officials claim Facebook is collecting photos of users' faces without their consent, although the social media giant said it is not breaking European Union privacy laws.

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