Flash memory

Kanguru has announced a 64GB USB thumb drive and, at the other end, as it were, of the scale, one of the smallest flash drives on the market. Sixty four GB is a heck of a lot of flash memory.

Intel is the first to sample NOR multi-level cell flash memory chips at 1-gigabit density using its advanced 65-nanometer (nm) process technology. Currently it uses 90nm technology.

Toshiba Corporation and SanDisk announced that they have agreed to build a new 300-millimeter (mm) wafer fabrication facility at Toshiba’s Yokkaichi Operations to meet fast growing demand for NAND flash memory. The announcement, they say, underlines NAND flash memory’s position as the storage technology of choice for mobile products and digital consumer devices, including MP3 music players and memory cards for mobile phones, and Toshiba and SanDisk’s determination to retain a leading position in this fast expanding market.

Business continuity (including disaster recovery)

Topio has announced its RoadRunner 'disaster recovery in a box' product. With it, Topio VARS can network-attach a data-protection and recovery bundle, including the Topio Data Protection Suite, for replication, storage and recovery servers from any vendor to a customer’s existing infrastructure. A Topio VAR called Meridian announced such a bundle and called it Prime.

Brocade and Cienna are partnering to provide a product bundle to extend storage area networks (SAN) across a wide area network (WAN) for business continuity purposes. The bundle includes 4GBit/s Fibre Channel layered onto a wave division multiplexing (WDM) network protocol. Three 4GBit/s FC channels can be aggregated onto a single wavelength, saving cost.

Data protection - backup and archive

EMC announced Documentum Archive Services software for e-mail and reports (invoices, statements, bills, etc). There is a single archiving platform using Documentum's content management technology. EMC’s strategy is to enable customers to 'deploy a holistic set of retention, storage and security policies and access tools for all archived information. EMC intends to apply this strategy across all forms of information, including email, images, reports, documents, records, videos and entire websites.' Sounds good. But there is more.

EMC sees the convergence of e-mail archiving and content management technology setting the stage for a new wave of technology fusion that will blend collaborative tools like Voice over IP, real-time video conferencing, content management, instant messages and e-mail into one common environment, thereby allowing users to share information and collaborate in a more real-time, online environment. Oh, so EMC is heading into collaboration software?

Anthology Solutions has added EMC's Retrospect to its Yellow Machine terabyte storage appliance. Now shipping at up to 2TB capacity with Ethernet connectivity, the Yellow Machine appliance includes licenses for up to six systems to backup data using EMC Retrospect Professional software.

The latest Linux versions of NetVault: Replicator and NetVault: Report Manager were unveiled by data protection specialist BakBone,a provider of integrated real-time file-level replication and backup for Linux. These latest releases offer greater data protection and availability for Red Hat and Novell SUSE Linux environments.

Secondly, BakBone has partnered with Silicon Graphics to offer enterprise business continuity to new and existing customers, as well as government departments. It will enable organisations to enhance data lifecycle management and increase data protection by consolidating NAS or tiered storage. BakBone’s NetVault: Replicator, which has been integrated into the SGI InfiniteStorage NAS portfolio, will ship with SGI’s NAS products sold directly or through SGI’s channel.

Arkeia Software announced that its Network Backup Version 5.5 has full support for Unicode/UTF-8 characters in the backup index. With this announcement, multinational companies with operations in Asia or the Middle East can now leverage Arkeia products across their entire organization. Unicode character support is necessary for many Asian-based applications produced in languages such as Korean, Chinese, and Japanese.

Revivio announced it is expanding its product family to include a new low cost continuous data protection (CDP) product ideal for application-specific data protection. The new CPS 1000 is now generally available with a suggested list price of $12,500. It ships with 1.8TB of disk storage, with a price under $0.01 per megabyte (MB).

Spectra Logic announced the fourth member of its Sabre family of secondary disk products, the SabreDisk D500. This disk-based backup appliance is built on Microsoft's Data Protection Manager 2006 software.

The 3U SabreDisk D500 scales from 2TB to 8TB and delivers increased file backup frequency to enable user-initiated point-in-time file recovery.

Backup reporting or Data Protection Management (DPM)

WysDM Software has signed its second OEM deal. Avamar will introduce Avamar Advanced Reporter into its premier, disk-based data protection platform. The Avamar product is based on WysDM for Backups. This monitors and analyses data from all major components of the backup environment including servers, storage, networks and applications, and provides a comprehensive set of reports on all aspects of backup operations from service level agreements (SLAs) to regulatory compliance to per-device performance. WysDM for Backups will provide Avamar's Axion data protection platform with DPM capabilities including intelligent backup management, end-to-end data protection management and SLA compliance.

Secondly, WysDM announced upgrades to its WysDM for Backups and WysDM for Fileservers products, bringing deeper intelligence, support for rapid recovery applications and SLA compliance.

Encryption of stored data

Tape and backup-to-disk vendor Quantum is partnering NetApp's Decru to offer data protection products that include the ability to encrypt data at rest.

NAS (network-attached storage)

Acopia Networks announced a new of softwarefor its ARX switches. Version 2.4 provides customers with support for distributed multi-protocol global namespace functionality with embedded data replication and advanced ILM (Information Lifecycle Management) services.

Acopia’s Adaptive Resources Switches (ARX) allow customers to improve performance and better utilize existing file server infrastructure. The products also provide non-disruptive data replication, migration, and capacity balancing across multiple NAS devices,

Standards

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announced significant momentum across its range of storage standards and specifications which are aimed at helping deliver interoperable storage networking solutions. These developments include the Storage Management Forum’s (SMF) Storage Management Initiative-Specification (SMI-S), eXtensible Access Method (XAM), Internet Small Computer System Interface (iSCSI) Management API (iMA), Multipath Management API (MMA) and Disk Data Format (DDF).

Storage management

ADIC upgraded its StorNext data management software to version 2.7. The new release enhances the flexibility of StorNext’s intelligent archiving capabilities by adding support for external disk-based appliances to ADIC’s iMover technology. iMover is the core technology that gives StorNext the ability to move data across multiple storage tiers — both disk and tape — while maintaining transparent access to the files for multiple hosts and operating systems. In the new release, StorNext archives can now integrate specialised disk storage resources, including NAS filers, any NFS appliance, and UNIX file systems. These disk elements can be used in conjunction with tape or can be used to create disk-only archive environments.

The new StorNext release increases the maximum size of storage LUNs to 2 TB, more than triples the number of total files that can be stored to 100 million, expands support for 64-bit platforms, and increases system recovery speed — all features that make it easier for users to handle larger file pools, store more data, and access it more quickly across multiple storage tiers.

Utility storage

3Par has secured $30 million mezzanine funding via equity financing, its first fundraising in more than two years. The investment resulted in less than 10 percent dilution to 3PAR’s existing shareholders. 3Par says its competitors frequently distract customers with questions around 3Par’s financial viability; 'Now this argument is effectively off the table.' The money raised provides flexibility for potential future opportunities that may require additional engineering or sales investments, technology acquisition, etc.

Mezzanine finance is usually the last funding round before an IPO and venture capitalist exit.