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APTARE updates StorageConsole 9, adds support for Isilon, reporting Tweet This

July 23, 2014

APTARE, a vendor with data center optimization software, on Wednesday upgrades its StorageConsole 9 with Feature Pack One, which lets users extend and enhance chargeback and compliance of storage and backup environments.

Customers can now also collect data from EMC Isilon storage arrays. The company now supports also products from Hitachi Data Systems, Dell, EMC, NetApp, HP, IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, VMware, CommVault, Cisco, Brocade, and Symantec.

StorageConsole 9 Feature Pack One is available now.




IBM enhances HPC cloud capabilities, adds InfiniBand Tweet This

July 23, 2014

IBM on Wednesday added the InfiniBand interconnect to its SoftLayer bare metal servers, allowing HPC customers to move data analytics and other data quickly to the cloud.

InfiniBand delivers data at up to 56Gbps between compute nodes.

The InfiniBand on SoftLayer capability is supported on IBM Elastic Storage, IBM Platform LSF or Platform Symphony workload management-based clusters. It is expected to be available in the third quarter of this year.

Crossroads debuts tape library Tweet This

July 22, 2014

Crossroads Systems on Tuesday announced the StrongBox V80 tape library, which is designed as a video archive. The V80 combines the StrongBox T10 appliance, 5.4TB of disk and the V80 library, which includes two LTO 6 Fibre Channel drives. It starts at $46,500 for 184TB of uncompressed content and $137,000 for a 1.3PB configuration.

The V80 can be expanded with as many as six additional expansion modules of 184TBA each. StrongBox provides tunable performance with LTFS, allowing searchable access to data stored on tape.




Barracuda Networks upgrades backup appliance, adds new appliance Tweet This

July 22, 2014

Barracuda Networks on Tuesday announced Barracuda Backup 290 and enhanced Barracuda Backup 390 with extra capacity.

Barracuda Backup 290 ships with 1TB of usable storage and fits in the Barracuda backup product lines between the Barracuda Backup 190 with 500GB and the 2TB Barracuda Backup 390.

All Barracuda backup appliances can be purchased as appliances only with backup subscriptions separately or in a software as a service offering that includes the appliance and unlimited cloud storage.

The Barracuda Backup 290 starts at $1,499 for the appliance or can be purchased as Barracuda Backup 290 Backup-as-a-Service starting at $1,799 USD per year. Barracuda Backup 390 starts at $2,499 for the appliance or can be purchased as Barracuda Backup 390 Backup-as-a-Service starting at $2,999 per year.

In other news, the company announced that its Barracuda Backup is now VMware Ready.



HP enhances Data Protector, integrates cloud and NetApp Tweet This

Jul 23, 2014

HP Autonomy on Wednesday announced that HP Data Protector now is integrated with the HP Helion OpenStack cloud platform and NetApp storage arrays.

The integration with HP Helion OpenStack affords customers with off-site backup and restore capabilities for VMware workloads and with automatic replication to the cloud. Data transmitted to the cloud is encrypted compressed both in transit and at rest.

HP Data Protector also now supports NetApp snapshots allowing customers backup of user and application data. It allows snapshots to be created, deleted and managed on NetApp physical and virtual storage devices.

The integrations are expected to be available in August this year.


Big Switch launches SDN switching fabric Tweet This

July 22, 2014

Big Switch on Tuesday announced Big Cloud Fabric, a hyperscale switching fabric for public and private clouds, Big Data and VDI pods. The company also announced Big Tap 4.0.

The fabric features a leaf-spine architecture with L2 switch and L3 routing on leaf switches, L3 connectivity to external routers and L4-L7 service insertion and chaining. It works with multiple hypervisors including VMware vSphere, Microsoft Hyper-V, KVM and Xen and supports multiple orchestration engines including OpenStack and CloudStack.

Big Cloud Fabric comes in two editions – P-Clos and P+V Clos. P-Clos accommodates leaf and spine switches, any workload whether KVM, ESX, Hyper-V, Xen or bare metal and OpenStack Nova, CloudStack Neutron or custom orchestration. P-Clos is expected to ship in the 3rd quarter. P+V Clos accommodates leaf, spine and vSwitches and is designed for commodity cloud environments that feature OpenStack Neutron and custom orchestration. P+V Clos will enter beta in the 4th quarter.

Big Tap, an SDN-based monitoring solution, is an entry point for customers adopting SDN.

Founded in 2010 by Kyle Forster, formerly of Cisco and now VP of Marketing, and Guido AppenZeller, a board member, Big Switch has already garnered use by Dell, Nexenta, Riverbed, RedHat and Accton, among others.



Quantum introduces new dedupe appliance Tweet This

July 21, 2014

Quantum on Monday announced the DXi6900 appliance designed for midrange to enterprise environments, that includes StorNext technology and DXi Software.

The DXi6900 includes StorNext 5 backup and deduplication, the Unique iLayer software, which allows multisite data protection, and scalability of 17TB to 510TB.