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Hey, VMware. You've got competition – from a Belgian upstart

Belgian startup incubator CloudFounders has an open source project to provide an networked object storage backend to VMware or KVM virtual machines using a VSAN-like Open vStorage Router (OSR). OSR is a VMware VM, or runs on bare metal in a KVM server, and it scales out by having OSR run on additional virtualised servers linked …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jun 2014

Security stock slinger Symantec speeds up with latest Backup Exec

Symantec has announced the latest version of its Backup Exec software, with a newer product that's apparently "up to 100 per cent" quicker than its "challenging" older brother. The last major release was Backup Exec 2012 back in ... 2012. It was a controversial release, with many new and changed features and it has taken over 18 …
Chris Mellor, 02 Jun 2014
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Flash fettler Fusion-io on VDI: Veni, vidi ... not sure about the last bit

Server flash fettler Fusion-io is the latest supplier to try to crack the make-VDI-popular nut with its ioVDI software, which combines server-side flash with shared storage. The ioVDI software is typical, in one sense, of many VDI-accelerating products, using server-side flash caching to speed the system's responsiveness. Fusion …
Chris Mellor, 11 Feb 2014
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Which sneaky storage upstart is drilling into software-network craze?

PernixData is a startup in stealth mode developing a data platform for the software-defined data centre (SDDC). Stealth mode means the company has talked to angel or seed investors about its basic proposition and the money people like it well enough to pump in initial startup cash. A founding company organisation is then set up …
Chris Mellor, 11 Jan 2013
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Backup bods Veeam quietly gobbling up ever-greater market share

Backup software supplier Veeam is quietly doing extraordinary things; it's growing its backup business while touting their latest software as a means to continue growing its market share. Veeam is privately-owned and focusses on virtual machine backup. It has no venture capital funding as far as we can tell. Despite that, it's …
Chris Mellor, 23 May 2013
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HUS dual-controller array muscles into the mid-range

Not your average dual-controller array: that's the conclusion after a canter through HDS's new HDS Unified Storage (HUS) 100 series array controller architecture. There are three different controllers in the series for block access and two for file access – NAS heads. Both types use non-commodity hardware. For block access all …
Chris Mellor, 26 Apr 2012
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HDS first past VAAI post

Hitachi Data Systems says it's the first virtualised storage array vendor to fully integrate with VMware's vStorage API and relieve the hypervisor of storage grunt work. The VMware storage API is called VAAI (vStorage APIs for Array Integration), and the intent is that ESX can offload many storage-related operations to a storage …
Chris Mellor, 08 Feb 2011
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Compellent bolts on first VMWare SRM disaster parachute

Compellent is bundling VMware's Site Recovery Manager with its arrays to provide better disaster recovery in virtualised server shops. It will be the first VMware partner to do so. VMware vCenter Site Recovery Manager, to give it its full name, uses SAN-based replication to move virtual machines (VMs) and their datasets between …
Chris Mellor, 01 Dec 2010
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Arkeia smashes through the blocks

Arkeia is adding deduplication to its entire line of backup software, appliances and virtual appliances with Network Backup 9.0. The deduplication is in-line, as source de-dupe must be in order to gain the advantage of reduced network bandwidth when transmitting the deduplicated backup files to a central store. Arkeia's …
Chris Mellor, 20 Oct 2010

Storage vendors are in VMware beauty contest

VMware has come up with new vStorage APIs in vSphere 4.1 that improve storage array's abilities to store lots of virtual machines (VM), copy them, and help move them; great for VMware users; potentially terrible for some array vendors. Maritz' developers seem to have modelled much of the new vStorage properties on pioneering …
Chris Mellor, 14 Jul 2010
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EMC Avamar gets jiggy wit Data Domain

EMC's 6.0 release of Avamar protects virtual machines faster and can use a boosted central Data Domain data store, as well as Avamar's own Data Store (now doubled in capacity). EMC says Avamar provides the first integration with Data Domain, implying that more is coming. In an ideal world users might wish to have a single …
Chris Mellor, 18 Apr 2011
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IBM doubles up Storwize V7000

Big Blue has added 2-system clustering and 10GbitE to the Storwize V7000, meaning double the space, more scalability and faster host access. The V7000 was introduced in October 2010 and has had one of the fastest product ramps in IBM's history with more than 1,800 systems sold to more than 1,000 worldwide customers since general …
Chris Mellor, 09 May 2011
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VMware sets off another storage bomb

VMware asserted its prime place at the front of the storage management line yesterday when it announced vStorage API set along with its virtual data centre operating system (VDC-OS). It is banking on these announcements at the opening of its VMworld conference yesterday putting it to the fore in becoming the location for …
Chris Mellor, 16 Sep 2008
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'Ave a desktop says Avamar

EMC's fifth version of Avamar has extended its capability from servers to desktop and notebooks, increased Data Store capacity by over 60 per cent and can write deduplicated data directly to tape. Avamar is deduplicating technology that runs in the system holding the data and removes block-level duplication, before sending the …
Chris Mellor, 17 Nov 2009
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VMware 'to work with just five storage companies'

VMware is planning logical storage containers that do away with Logical UNits (LUNs) and NFS mount points - and could stifle storage developments outside a group of five suppliers. VMware's plans were disclosed at a VMworld 2011 presentation (VSP3205) and described by Wikibon analyst David Floyer. They have also been discussed …
Chris Mellor, 09 Sep 2011
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StorageWorks goes Citrix and Hyper-V virtual

HP is automating the provisioning and virtualisation of its storage arrays with Citrix and Microsoft server virtualisation. It's supporting Citrix's StorageLink interface to enable its EVA, MSA and LeftHand arrays to be used to better effect in Citrix XenServer and Microsoft Hyper-V environments. Virtual server, desktop and …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2009
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3PAR plugs-in more power to VMware

3PAR is giving more power to VMware administrators to protect, copy and manage virtual server-related data on InServ arrays, with a pair of software plug-ins. 3PAR's Recovery Manager plug-in for vSphere enables VMware admins to rapidly provision new virtual machines (VMs), using VM copies. They can create hundreds of VM-aware, …
Chris Mellor, 28 Jan 2010
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Circling storage in the vSphere

VMware is encroaching on storage array controller functions with vSphere 4. Who knows where it will stop? VMware has updated its Virtual Infrastructure 3 to vSphere 4 and added new storage functionality to it so that the ESX hypervisor can thinly provision storage to virtual machines (VMs). This means that when an application in …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2009
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Dell buffs up EqualLogic SAN arrays with solid state drives

As we exclusively revealed last week, Dell is launching a new PS6000 line of EqualLogic iSCSI SAN arrays, featuring solid state drives and expanded software offerings. Compared with the current PS5000 products, The PS6000 delivers up to 91 per cent faster sequential write workload performance and is up to 29 per cent faster for …
Chris Mellor, 25 Mar 2009
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VMware cuts entry vSphere prices

Paul Maritz, ex-Microsoftie and current president and chief executive officer at VMware, is learning just how much fun it is to compete against his former employer. While with vSphere 4.0 VMware arguably has the most sophisticated server virtualization tools in the market, it is tough to beat free and bearing the Microsoft …
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Inside Cisco's Hotel California

If Cisco is to introduce its unified compute system, or California project, on March 16, what will the storage look like? The overall Cisco scheme is that the virtualised network is the platform. A Cisco unified fabric switch, like the Nexus 5000, will be Shelob, the giant spider in Cisco's 'one network to bind them' concept, …
Chris Mellor, 03 Mar 2009
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VMware unmasks next-gen hypervisor

As expected, server virtualization kingpin VMware will today take the wraps off its next generation hypervisor, ESX Server 4.0, and the related tools for managing it. They're now called vSphere rather than Virtual Infrastructure. The vSphere stack embodies a strategy and product set that VMware used to call the Virtual Data …
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What's next for NetApp hardware?

NetApp has confirmed it is working on new hardware platforms. Rich Clifton, a senior VP at NetApp, provided a glimpse of NetApp's hardware direction this week at VMworld, as The Register sought to determine what storage OEMS would want with a PCIe switch. Clifton said there would be phased ONTAP G announcements, suggesting …
Chris Mellor, 25 Feb 2009
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VMware piles up next virtual stack for servers

While VMware still has the lion's share of the money and installed base in the server virtualization software racket on x64 platforms, 2009 is shaping up to be a year when various contenders ratchet up the pressure on the company and try to steal away some business. But VMware has plenty of its own smart techies, and a marketing …
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VMware makes world takeover bid

VMware is introducing a new vSphere architecture and management product to manage a data centre as an internal or external cloud of services. The idea, introduced by VMware CEO Paul Maritz at VMworld in Cannes, is to have a set of interfaces looking downwards at the IT plumbing and another set looking at the applications.There …
Chris Mellor, 24 Feb 2009
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Mission Impossible: Restoring Exchange in 30 Seconds

Users can use a crashed Exchange server 30 seconds after restoration is started using a new BakBone RDP product which works with SQL Server too. What clever trick is being used? BakBone's NetVault: Real-Time Data Protector (RDP) product actually restores the application first and then streams the data in afterwards. Full …
Chris Mellor, 19 Sep 2008
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VMware takes EMC 'beyond virtual servers'

Here's the no-brainer statement of the week: EMC says that it is not going to sell off its stake in virtualization juggernaut VMware. The disk storage maker and parent company of VMware is hosting its strategic forum for institutional investors - what we might call an analyst conference - in Boston this morning, and EMC's …
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The hole in HP Matrix' storage heart

HP's Matrix has a great plus over Cisco's California and a big fat minus as well. It has a hole in its storage heart. Matrix goes very much farther than Cisco in unifying storage, iSCSI storage and the servers and networking, but not so far as Cisco in unifying networking, particularly storage networking. In fact there is a …
Chris Mellor, 21 Apr 2009
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The A-to-Z of VMware suitors

Every storage player wants to be a good citizen in the VMware virtual data centre and server world. They showed up to VMworld to be seen and counted, and to demonstrate that they too can play nice in what is increasingly looking to be an EMC-owned data centre and server interface to all things networking and storage. Where is …
Chris Mellor, 02 Sep 2009