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Shoden Data CEO dies suddenly

Shoden Systems UK has lost its CEO: John Taffinder passed away at home on Monday, 25 April. He was a terrific guy and will be sorely missed. His IT life started with COBOL, writing code for British Steel in Port Talbot after graduating as an accountant. He then headed east across the Severn Bridge and climbed IT's career ladder …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2011
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Shoden draws a blank with Avere

UK systems integrator Shoden lucked out trying to sell Avere filer accelerator appliances. There was no interest, none. What does this mean for Avere's prospects? Avere's FXT appliance is a multitiered accelerator that caches direct kinds of filer I/O on different tiers of storage, ranging from RAM, through NVRAM, NAND and SAS …
Chris Mellor, 17 Jan 2011
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Shoden resells Avere

UK system integrator Shoden Data Systems is reselling Avere's FTX filer accelerator. This hot box is a four-tiered caching and virtualising appliance sitting in front of network-attached storage (NAS) arrays which stores data in DRAM, NV-RAM, flash or SAS disk to speed both file reads and writes according to I/O and data types …
Chris Mellor, 06 Apr 2010
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Shoden takes lego approach to de-duped mainframe VTL

Better mousetraps selling for less money seem a good idea in straightened times. That's what a South African system integrator has built and is using to expand into the UK. The product is QuickRecover, a de-duplicating mainframe virtual tape library (VTL). Shoden Data Systems partners with Hitachi Data Systems, Luminex, Data …
Chris Mellor, 14 Nov 2008
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Hitachi Data Systems on the acquisition trail again

Hitachi Data Systems has announced its intention to buy Shoden Data Systems. Data systems companies have to stick together, right? Shoden, a systems integration supplier to data centres, is based in South Africa and has a UK operation as well as others across sub-Saharan Africa. It has been an HDS partner for 11 years, supplying …
Chris Mellor, 05 Oct 2011
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Avere tries again in the UK

Avere tried selling its FXT filer accelerator boxes in the UK through Shoden, only to see that effort crash and burn. Now the storage vendor is trying again with value-added distributor VADition. Why should VADition succeed where Shoden failed? The answer, according to sales director Jason Dance, is targeting. He says there are …
Chris Mellor, 17 Feb 2011
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Sainsbury's is abandoning tape

UK retailing giant and mainframe user Sainsbury's is migrating away from tape to Shoden-supplied Data Domain disk backup systems. It has rejected a move to Oracle's current StreamLine automated tape library and is moving to disk instead. Shoden is the UK division of a South African systems integrator which resells Hitachi Data …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jan 2011
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EMC trundles out deduping mainframe VTL

EMC is bringing out a mainframe virtual tape library to cover both primary and backup data needs. It is an update of the Bus-Tech MDL-100v, an intermediate box sitting between a mainframe and open systems virtual tape libraries (VTL) such as EMC's Disk Library, a FalconStore software VTL, a Quantum DXi array or a Sepaton array. …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2011
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IBM diligently adds mainframe dedupe

IBM mainframes can now send backed-up data to a deduping virtual tape library instead of physical tape. Big Blue has combining its Diligent deduplication and virtual tape library functionality in the TS7680 ProtecTIER deduplication gateway. No changes are needed to backup processes on on the Z/OS mainframe but some modification …
Chris Mellor, 24 Feb 2010
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EMC buys into mainframe VTL market

EMC is the Dyson of storage companies, hoovering up other storage companies with no loss of appetite however many it buys. It has just sucked up mainframe virtual tape library (VTL) supplier Bus-Tech. Mainframes can use tape for backup data and also during normal operations with a tape library connected by FICON or ESCON channel …
Chris Mellor, 11 Nov 2010
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How that Oracle and Pillar earn-out really works

Pillar investors will only receive cash from Oracle for the Pillar acquisition if Pillar revenues in 2014 exceed net losses from 2011 to 2014. The acquisition is structured so Oracle boss Larry Ellison's half billion dollar loan to Pillar is turned into preferred stock with other investors holding common stock. Larry gets 1.5 …
Chris Mellor, 30 Jun 2011
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EMC doubles up mainframe VTL capacity, throughput

EMC has doubled the capacity and throughput of its mainframe virtual tape library (VTL) but it still lags behind IBM. It does exceed Sun's VTL capacity, though. The EMC DLm (Disk Library for mainframes) now supports up to 1.2PB of raw and usable capacity. EMC says that's almost 3PB compressed capacity, and 1.2GB/sec throughput, …
Chris Mellor, 25 Aug 2009
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Can replication replace backup?

We are asking Reg reader experts - and a chief technology officer - to have a look at interesting issues in storage. The first topic is: Can replication replace backup? Backup started as saving a copy of data to tape. For many users it now means saving a copy to disk, either as a straight file backup or as a virtual tape …
Chris Mellor, 15 Aug 2010