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Six news tidbits from startups caught the Vulture's eye as it flew over the storage jungle this week. This includes announcements ranging from product tweaks and results to upgrades and price cuts.

  • Veeam, the virtual server backup startup on growth hormone, announced another great quarter .... its 24th consecutive quarter in which quarterly bookings revenue has grown by more than 50 per cent over the same period during the previous year.

    In 2013, annual bookings revenue grew 58 per cent over 2012, while new licence bookings revenue increased 53 per cent over the same period. .

    It has extended its "Switch to Veeam" competitive replacement programme with up to 20 per cent additional savings (currently available in North America only – global expansion in early February), so switching customers can use Veeam for the same price or less than the annual renewal cost of their existing legacy backup system.

  • Axcient, which offers Recovery as a Service, has announced a virtual appliance for VMware virtual servers. It says "Companies with virtualised IT infrastructures don't have to invest in additional hardware to leverage Axcient, and can recover and failover point-in-time snapshots of files, databases, applications and servers both locally and from the cloud, eliminating data loss and business down time." .The Virtual Appliance can scale to any size environment up to 20 terabytes per VM. (If Axcient provides a product for ships we hope it calls it the Axient Mariner.)
  • Virtual Instruments, John Thompson's plaything while he chairs Microsoft's board, works with EMC's SRM 3.0 product to analyse Fibre Channel storage fabrics. Its VirtualWisdom SolutionPack "complements the capabilities of the EMC SRM Suite with sub-second performance analysis and SCSI-level protocol visibility, providing customers real-time insights into how their storage environment is performing." It's available now.
  • All-flash array startup Pure Storage is changing its maintenance options to lower its customers' costs. The “Free Every Three” offering enables storage buyers to receive a free controller upgrade every three years when they renew their maintenance agreement. “Fresh Every Upgrade” enables customers who need to expand their storage capacity or performance to reset their maintenance fees clock back to zero, reducing the operating costs of the array by greater than 15 per cent. Pure's flash controllers can be upgraded non-disruptively.
  • Hybrid array startup Tintri, the one that focuses on VDI, says its Tintri Global Center is now available in EMEA. It is a centralised control platform that allows IT administrators to have multiple VMstore systems function as one and efficiently monitor and administer their datastores and virtual machines.
  • IBM has added Actifio data virtualisation capability to its SmartCloud offering, and is calling it SCDV. The two companies state SCDV delivers application recovery in minutes versus hours, point-in-time data snapshots to help eliminate traditional backup windows, and drastically improves production storage. It's a lovely credibility-raising deal for Actifio.

There we are: six neat snapshots of storage startup activity. Blink in this business and you miss it. ®

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