In this weekly podcast, SearchStorage executive editor Ellen O’Brien talks with senior news director Dave Raffo about HP’s addition of StoreOnce deduplication backup software to its scale-out disk system and Data Protector backup application. With the extension of dedupe capabilities to some of its backup offerings, HP has been attempting to compete with EMC in the dedupe backup market.
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SearchStorage reported that the Non-Volatile Systems Laboratory at the University of California at San Diego has been studying emerging non-volatile memory technologies’ impact on enterprise data storage systems. The lab has built a prototype phase-change memory (PCM) drive, with tests showing that enhancements need to be made to storage systems’ software and design before PCM can live up to its potential.
The Storage Soup blog had news about the hype surrounding NetApp’s search for a backup acquisition, with a Bloomberg story pointing to CommVault and Quantum as its main targets. The speculation from Wall Street analysts has surfaced in the wake of NetApp’s failed attempt to buy Data Domain in 2009.
Also from the Storage Soup blog, Brocade reported $40 million in revenue from its 16 Gbps FC switches in the vendor’s earnings results call last week. Brocade execs said that customers are upgrading to these switches at a faster pace than they did with 8 Gbps and 4 Gbps switches.
Finally, SearchCloudStorage had details about the University of Southern California’s private storage cloud, with 8.5 petabytes (PB) of digital archive spread over two sites. USC teamed with Nirvanix to set up the USC digital repository, which uses the Nirvanix Private Cloud Storage archiving service. The repository will be open to external customers who want to digitize physical content or move digital content into a secure archive.
This was first published in December 2011