It was a busy news week for TechTarget’s Storage Media Group, as our reporters covered the release of a new enterprise tape library from Spectra Logic, the ExaScale T-Finity enterprise tape library; a high capacity storage system the company said is capable of storing more than 3.6 exabytes of data with up to 400,000 tape slots.
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We also covered the announcement of Bocada Inc.’s new Vision application that provides backup reporting and analysis for virtual machines, and ties into VMware. Bocada Vision can be used as a standalone product or as part of Bocada Prism, which monitors physical machine backups and how they impact service-level agreements (SLAs).
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Over at our sister site SearchStorage.com, we discussed Nimble Storage Inc.’s upgrades for hybrid flash and hard drive storage systems, including upgraded cloning and replication capabilities.
SearchStorage.com also reports on a Storage Decisions conference for intelligence community professionals this week, where a data center director said they need to adopt more efficient data storage management technologies such as data deduplication, tiered storage and data archiving to manage exabytes of data with shrinking budgets. David Jones, director of data center services for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)also called on storage vendors to keep new tools coming.
And SearchSMBStorage.com is reporting a growing interest in solid state drive (SSD) technology, according to a survey of more than 500 businesses conducted earlier this year.
The survey, conducted by Kroll Ontrack, indicated that nearly 70 percent of respondents use solid-state or flash technology, or at least have plans to implement the technology in the near future.
About 75 percent of respondents indicated they believed SSD technology delivered higher performance than spinning disk drives. They also reported a perception that solid-state is a safer medium to protect against data-loss and that it consumes less power and is therefore more environmentally friendly.