• September 30, 2008 30 Sep'08

    SAS-2 spec to challenge Fibre Channel in enterprise SANs

    The coming 6 Gbps SAS spec may help SAS drives challenge not just Fibre Channel drives in enterprise SANs but solid state drives as well.

  • September 25, 2008 25 Sep'08

    Storage Decisions: Data backup tests crucial but challenging

    Experts at Storage Decisions give tips for testing data backups and setting service levels for data protection, but users say real world situations make both easier said than done.

  • September 24, 2008 24 Sep'08

    Storage Decisions: Diligent, IBM execs talk shop

    Diligent CEO Doron Kempel and IBM VP Cindy Grossman talk to SearchStorage about data dedupe VTLs, IBM's 2009 roadmap, and what's in store for backup and data management.

  • September 18, 2008 18 Sep'08

    Storage admins grapple with virtual data protection at VMworld

    Storage admins are struggling to adapt their backup and DR processes to virtual servers. The problem is that data protection and storage issues are afterthoughts in virtualization rollouts.

  • September 16, 2008 16 Sep'08

    HP boxes up storage, servers to help SMBs manage storage

    HP packages blade servers and storage for shops lacking IT specialists to help simplify storage implementation and management.

  • September 11, 2008 11 Sep'08

    EMC integrates Replication Manager with VMFS

    EMC's Replication Manager 5.1.2 can quiesce virtualized applications, replicate workloads from physical machines to virtual machines and backup VMDK system files through VMware's Virtual Center interface.

  • September 09, 2008 09 Sep'08

    NEC takes Hydrastor grid storage system higher

    With the market for scale-out storage systems heating up, NEC comes out with a second-generation offering of its Hydrastor grid storage system. The new entry-level configuration of one accelerator node and two storage nodes beats the performance ...

  • August 29, 2008 29 Aug'08

    Simpana converts claim better backup

    CommVault customers say archiving and centralized management helped them improve backup times and success rates without changing backup hardware.

  • August 11, 2008 11 Aug'08

    Asigra sues backup service rival ROBObak for libel

    Asigra sues ROBObak, claiming its backup software rival unfairly represented Asigra in press releases.

  • August 11, 2008 11 Aug'08

    MozyPro users grumble about poor backup and restore performance

    Some users of EMC's MozyPro onilne backup service are experiencing lengthy restores.

  • August 07, 2008 07 Aug'08

    Backup SaaS offers remote data destruction

    Spearstone launches backup Software as a Service (SaaS) with data security features, such as remote data destruction.

  • August 04, 2008 04 Aug'08

    Open source backup tool adds Oracle, Windows integration

    Open-source backup startup Zmanda adds integration with Oracle and Windows apps, in order to play "feature catch-up" in the enterprise backup software arena.

  • August 04, 2008 04 Aug'08

    The true role of a backup administrator

    When asked what they do on a daily basis, some data backup administrators often opt for the short answer and reply, "I look after data backups." While this is not necessarily the wrong answer, it is not the full answer.

  • July 30, 2008 30 Jul'08

    Quantum disk revenues double, tape sales decline

    Quantum says its transition from tape vendor to systems vendor is nearly complete after getting a sales surge in data deduplication disk products while tape revenues decline.

  • July 30, 2008 30 Jul'08

    IBM quickly integrates FilesX's CDP into Tivoli Storage Manager

    Analysts are impressed by the speed of IBM's first integration of CDP startup FilesX into the TSM portfolio, but further integration points remain.

  • July 25, 2008 25 Jul'08

    Record sales reported for data deduplication products

    Data Domain, ExaGrid and EMC Avamar all report surging sales for their data deduplication products this week.

  • July 22, 2008 22 Jul'08

    Continuous data protection products look for new niche

    The first generation of CDP didn't quite get off the ground, but some users are finding new offerings that integrate frequent snapshots with other backup products more robust.

  • July 21, 2008 21 Jul'08

    Backing up only what you need

    Ask a storage manager which files they back up and you get a variety of answers, but there are definitely some file types you should avoid backing up.

  • July 16, 2008 16 Jul'08

    EMC brings Mozy online backup to Best Buy

    EMC continues to expand down market by bringing three of its acquisitions together in a new backup bundle that combines Mozy with Restropect Express and Iomega external hard drives.

  • July 15, 2008 15 Jul'08

    Sun, IBM cross 1 TB tape drive line

    IBM and Sun unveil 1 TB tape drives, while HP and Sony renew low-end DAS/DDT tape partnership.

  • July 10, 2008 10 Jul'08

    O'Reilly Media drops open-source backup for BakBone

    As a publisher of books on open-source tools, O'Reilly prefers to use them, but went with BakBone when open-source backup failed to meet its needs.

  • June 17, 2008 17 Jun'08

    HP prepares double dose of data deduplication

    HP's first data deduplication products surface, unannounced, at HP's Technology Forum. One is an in-line dedupe application for SMBs and remote offices. The other is a dedupe license option for its enterprise VTLs.

  • June 17, 2008 17 Jun'08

    BakBone releases free edition of NetVault Backup for Red Hat users

    BakBone Software turns to an open source strategy, tries to spark viral deployment of its NetVault Backup product by releasing a Free Use Edition for Enterprise Linux.

  • June 16, 2008 16 Jun'08

    Bank undergoes backup consolidation after mergers

    Bank streamlines hundreds of backup tools acquired from a series of mergers down to two, saving it $800,000 in the process.

  • June 12, 2008 12 Jun'08

    Fine print on NetBackup recovery gives some users pause

    Symantec revealed more details about NetBackup's new object-level recovery. Specific requirements for using the features, such as Windows NFS, have dimmed some users' enthusiasm for the products.

  • June 10, 2008 10 Jun'08

    Symantec adds incremental VMware backups and CDP to NetBackup

    Symantec's updated NetBackup gives users the ability to take incremental snapshots of VMware hosts, as well as CDP and data deduplication integration.

  • June 09, 2008 09 Jun'08

    Sepaton upgrades VTLs and data deduplication

    Sepaton launches upgraded VTL series with better performance and capacity, and upgrades its data dedupe software to support remote replication.

  • June 03, 2008 03 Jun'08

    University's bookstores streamline backup management

    Each of Virginia Tech's three bookstore locations has a separate data backup appliance from Arkeia, but all can be managed centrally via the Web.

  • May 30, 2008 30 May'08

    Users OK Yosemite unlimited backup license model

    Users of Yosemite Technologies' Unlimited software bundle say it has brought them cost savings and easier administration, but there are some feature tradeoffs.

  • May 28, 2008 28 May'08

    GPS developer uses Atempo LiveBackup to locate data worldwide

    Trimble Navigation hasn't used centralized backup hosts or portable media since 2002. Instead, it backs up workstations to regional repositories using Atempo's LiveBackup.

  • May 28, 2008 28 May'08

    School district gives data dedupe mixed grades

    Anchorage school district switched from Data Domain to Quantum seeking better scalability. Instead, it found that reliability, stability and performance suffered.

  • May 23, 2008 23 May'08

    Bocada names new CEO, hitches hopes to Microsoft

    As Bocada adds policy management to its data protection software, some observers say that Bocada survives only because its software is sold through the Microsoft channel.

  • May 21, 2008 21 May'08

    EMC World: EMC reveals data archiving roadmap

    EMC's product roadmap for email archiving includes plans for a Documentum Archive product, next-generation archiving for Exchange and Lotus Notes, and XML encapsulation.

  • May 19, 2008 19 May'08

    EMC unveils data deduplication, spin-down for VTLs

    At EMC World, EMC launched three virtual tape libraries that include data deduplication software from Quantum. Users can choose either inline or post-process deduplication, and the largest of the new VTL models -- the EMC Disk Library 4000 -- is ...

  • May 14, 2008 14 May'08

    AmeriVault snapped up by healthcare services company

    Online backup service provider AmeriVault gets folded into healthcare services company PHNS.

  • May 13, 2008 13 May'08

    IBM gives FalconStor data dedupe the boot

    IBM adds compression cards to its rebranded FalconStor VTL and says it has no plans to support its block-level data deduplication.

  • May 12, 2008 12 May'08

    EMC, Data Domain add data deduplication devices

    Data Domain rolls out its data deduplication storage system, while EMC prepares to unveil its VTLs with data deduplication licensed from Quantum.

  • May 05, 2008 05 May'08

    Hot tape may get a cold reception

    Imation has demonstrated a new technology that at least doubles the capacity of LTO-4 tape. But analysts question if this development will have a major impact on the tape market.

  • May 02, 2008 02 May'08

    Midsized shops favor ExaGrid data dedupe over EMC VTLs

    Two organizations recently swapped out tape for disk-based backup saying they passed over VTLs from EMC and IBM in favor of NAS with data deduplication.

  • May 01, 2008 01 May'08

    EMC Mozy targets Mac backup

    EMC releases MozyHome for Mac workstations in the SaaS backup space and says it plans to address integration between its Mac Retrospect product and Mozy.

  • April 30, 2008 30 Apr'08

    Disk backup in 2008: CDP continues to evolve

    Over the past year, CDP has evolved from a standalone product to a common backup software feature. This article outlines CDP's evolution and details where it stands today.

  • April 28, 2008 28 Apr'08

    Hospital picks CommVault Simpana, SIS to back up critical archive

    A hospital's IT team selects CommVault's Simpana application to back up its key PACS archiving system because of its SIS data deduplication feature.

  • April 18, 2008 18 Apr'08

    IBM acquires Diligent for data deduplication, VTL

    IBM completes deal for Diligent Technologies, moving into VTL data deduplication space that is heating up with partnerships and new products.

  • April 10, 2008 10 Apr'08

    IBM snaps up FilesX, adds CDP to Tivoli Storage Manager

    The Windows-focused FilesX product will add CDP capabilities to IBM's Tivoli Storage Manager backup software, with the goal of widening CDP's appeal in the midmarket, as well as remote offices.

  • April 09, 2008 09 Apr'08

    CommVault boosts Simpana e-discovery, data reduction capabilities

    CommVault's first service pack for Simpana 7.0 includes e-discovery updates and new integration between replication and file-level single instancing, but users still want block-level dedupe.

  • April 04, 2008 04 Apr'08

    Semiconductor firm turns to Diligent deduplication

    To keep up with the massive increase of data following an acquisition, Magnum Semiconductor turns to a Quatrio VTL and Diligent Technologies deduplication to make its backup window.

  • April 02, 2008 02 Apr'08

    Sepaton VTL customers waiting for dedupe compatibility

    Sepaton's VTL customers say adding disk-based backup has shrunk backup windows, but it will be months before it can shrink data backed up by CommVault Simpana or EMC Networker software.

  • March 31, 2008 31 Mar'08

    Data Domain taps into Symantec's NetBackup API

    Data Domain uses Veritas NetBackup API to streamline backups for customers of NetBackup 6.5 and Data Domain disk-backup devices.

  • March 31, 2008 31 Mar'08

    Don't blame the disks: Why data storage fails

    A recent study suggests that the majority of failures in backup data storage systems aren't caused by disk failures.

  • March 20, 2008 20 Mar'08

    IBM reportedly in talks to buy VTL vendor Diligent Technologies

    IBM may be looking at acquiring Diligent Technologies, which would make Diligent the second Israeli company in IBM's portfolio for data deduplication on virtual tape libraries.

  • March 19, 2008 19 Mar'08

    Dealing with remote office data backup

    Here's how Ford & Harrison, a legal practice with 18 offices located across the country, protected multiple terabytes of sensitive data scattered across multiple locations.

  • March 14, 2008 14 Mar'08

    Does rational thinking have a place in data protection?

    Although it's possible to talk rationally about the risk of data loss -- and the ways to mitigate that risk -- it's a discussion that's often tinged with emotion.

  • March 10, 2008 10 Mar'08

    Hifn offloads data deduplication to hardware

    Hifn is adding data deduplication processing and encryption to its boards, which should appear in OEM products later this year.

  • March 05, 2008 05 Mar'08

    Symantec aligns backup reporting with NetBackup 6.5

    Symantec launches Veritas Backup Reporter 6.5 with more support for new disk-based backup options and tighter integration with NetBackup remains on the roadmap.

  • February 28, 2008 28 Feb'08

    Sun automates tiered data archiving

    Sun rolls out new tape library and key management system, along with multitiered archive system that uses SAM-FS to automatically migrate data.

  • February 26, 2008 26 Feb'08

    Integrated data protection software continues to evolve

    Many new features such as data deduplication, CDP and encryption are being included in data protection software packages. Here's how the different packages stack up.

  • February 11, 2008 11 Feb'08

    HDS ships VTL bundles with Diligent deduplication

    HDS and Diligent take data deduplication downmarket with prepackaged appliances to simplify deployment, but analysts hope to see them take deduplication beyond VTL.

  • February 07, 2008 07 Feb'08

    CA overhauls ARCserve data backup software

    CA hopes that the newest version of its ARCserve data backup software, which improves application integration with XOsoft, will boost ARCserve's declining market share in the data protection and data recovery market.

  • February 01, 2008 01 Feb'08

    Data Domain, 3Par reap post-IPO gains

    Earnings reports show Data Domain and 3Par sales picked up after going public, despite increased competitive pressure.

  • February 01, 2008 01 Feb'08

    F5 unveils virtual snapshots for Acopia switches

    F5 adds support for virtual snapshots and a management console to Acopia ARX switches, but integration between its app delivery and file virtualization technologies must wait.

  • January 28, 2008 28 Jan'08

    CommVault offers storage SaaS for data backup monitoring

    Customers of CommVault's Simpana suite can now perform Web-based monitoring and troubleshooting of backups during off-hours.

  • January 23, 2008 23 Jan'08

    FalconStor clusters VTL data deduplication

    FalconStor beefs up clusters in v5 of its VTL software to boost data deduplication performance.

  • January 22, 2008 22 Jan'08

    EMC enters storage SaaS space with hosted backup

    EMC unveils its data backup Software as a Service product, Mozy Enterprise, along with a mystery architecture called Fortress.

  • January 18, 2008 18 Jan'08

    Zmanda offers Amazon S3 as data backup option

    Open source backup product lets users back up to disk, tape and Amazon's grid; Drobo networks desktop storage; Quantum claims full-height LTO-4 performance in half-height drive.

  • January 15, 2008 15 Jan'08

    Iron Mountain digitizes documents to bolster security

    A new service from Iron Mountain lets customers use secure Web sites to access digital images of physical documents, eliminating the need to transport the information by truck.

  • January 14, 2008 14 Jan'08

    Another security breach: IRS sent taxpayer data on unencrypted tapes

    Before switching to a secure FTP site, the IRS sent copies of the tax database to state agencies on unencrypted tapes using common carriers such as FedEx.

  • December 11, 2007 11 Dec'07

    nCipher grabs NeoScale for $1.9M

    Key management vendor scoops up foundering tape encryption startup to bolster "holistic approach" to enterprise encryption.

  • December 04, 2007 04 Dec'07

    Sun improves mainframe VTL support, boosts performance for StorageTek VSM

    Sun boosts performance of Virtual Storage Manager for mainframe VTLs. VSM can now perform a sustained write of more than 600 megabytes/sec.

  • November 26, 2007 26 Nov'07

    Managing backups in virtual server environments: Storage considerations

    Once a company migrates to a server virtualization solution, the storage architecture that supports backup management will require major changes, particularly in the areas of storage availability, configuration and management.

  • November 13, 2007 13 Nov'07

    IBM tweaks TSM backup software

    IBM adds key management and support for VMware Consolidated Backup to TSM version 5.5. Users are hoping the next release will add database maintenance and reporting.

  • November 12, 2007 12 Nov'07

    Sepaton VTL scales to 1.2 PB

    Sepaton makes an enterprise push with its new hardware VTL platform, bolstered by DeltaStor deduplication technology and its forthcoming remote replication application.

  • November 09, 2007 09 Nov'07

    Yosemite offers unlimited server backup licensing

    Reldata debuts 10 GigE gateway; Fujifilm tracks tapes using GPS; backup vendors, including EMC, to support Mac OS X Leopard.

  • November 02, 2007 02 Nov'07

    CommVault revenues spike after update of Simpana backup app

    CommVault attributes a spike in sales to the integration of features such as archiving, replication and search into its backup products.

  • October 25, 2007 25 Oct'07

    Advanced data storage backup and protection overview

    It takes more than blank tapes or cheap disks to handle enterprise data backups. Administrators must protect the business while meeting the compliance standards that are appropriate for their industry. Although faster tape drives can speed a ...

  • October 18, 2007 18 Oct'07

    EMC classifies Infoscape as a security play

    EMC is shifting its Infoscape data classification software to under its RSA security banner, as demand for data classification software remains tepid.

  • October 18, 2007 18 Oct'07

    Iron Mountain loses backup tapes containing student data

    Less than a month after announcing a new chain-of-custody program meant to prevent data losses, Iron Mountain drops the ball again.

  • October 17, 2007 17 Oct'07

    Microsoft pumps up Data Protection Manager

    A more scalable version of DPM is coming, but it's still missing policy-based backup management features and granular recovery capabilities.

  • October 12, 2007 12 Oct'07

    WysDM pushes backup management onto disk

    Continuing a trend of expanding data protection management capabilities beyond tape, WysDM adds support for disk arrays.

  • October 02, 2007 02 Oct'07

    Iron Mountain acquires RMS Services for records management

    Iron Mountain picks up healthcare records management firm to continue its diversification into digital records.

  • October 01, 2007 01 Oct'07

    BakBone unveils CDP, restartable backups

    Latest version of BakBone's NetVault data backup software integrates CDP for both Windows and Linux; users are keen on restartable backup and updated troubleshooting features.

  • September 19, 2007 19 Sep'07

    Backup data security overview

    News of a lost tape or hacked data center storage can easily make the front page of The Wall Street Journal or USA Today, often leading to lost customers, regulatory scrutiny and a rash of litigation that can damage a company for years. Today, ...

  • September 18, 2007 18 Sep'07

    User puts NEC grid backup to the test

    NEC HydraStor beta tester wants to see it certified with more archiving vendors but will digitize thousands of paper records and support disk backups with the new product.

  • September 12, 2007 12 Sep'07

    Data backup software overview

    Backups are typically performed during off hours with few personnel available, so backup software often emphasizes the use of automation. This typically includes keeping track of schedules, managing the timely transfer of data volumes to target tape...

  • September 06, 2007 06 Sep'07

    EMC repackages Avamar data deduplication

    EMC announces new packaging for its Avamar data deduplication software, including a virtual edition and two new storage hardware products OEMed from Dell.

  • September 04, 2007 04 Sep'07

    Sun to resell Diligent VTL

    Sun's VTL moves continue as it cozies up to high-end VTL player Diligent. Analysts are divided on what this move means for FalconStor.

  • August 29, 2007 29 Aug'07

    Data Domain's CEO takes on nearline storage

    Data Domain has recently gone public and hit the 1000-customer mark, and its CEO says his company's products go beyond data protection.

  • August 22, 2007 22 Aug'07

    CDP overview

    Storage volumes are growing at an alarming pace, and tape-based backups are not always possible within an available backup window. Today's businesses are increasingly focused on tighter RTO and RPO. Faster restorations and more recent recovery ...

  • August 21, 2007 21 Aug'07

    Quantum, Sony scrap old tape formats

    Sony will stop shipping the first generation of SAIT this fall and has no OEMs for the second generation. Meanwhile, Quantum is scratching development on SDLT.

  • August 14, 2007 14 Aug'07

    Data backup copies overview

    All backups produce copies of valuable data that protect an organization against loss, theft, failure and other unforeseen calamities. But traditional "backups" are typically relegated to slow tape or optical media where data is not intended for ...

  • August 07, 2007 07 Aug'07

    Tape backup overview

    Tape is the quintessential backup technology, providing cost-effective, long-term data storage for all business types and sizes. Although performance is relatively slow, tape fits well into the storage architecture allowing users to store a large ...

  • July 16, 2007 16 Jul'07

    EqualLogic adds host-based snapshot backup tool

    The iSCSI SAN player is adding a new feature called SmartCopy, which allows users to manage snapshot backup, cloning and data replication from Windows servers.

  • July 09, 2007 09 Jul'07

    CommVault revamps data backup software

    CommVault's Galaxy Version 7.0 data backup software adds performance improvements, file-level single-instancing, data classification and support for end-user restores.

  • June 25, 2007 25 Jun'07

    Quantum first with data deduplication flexibility

    The latest addition to Quantum's disk-based backup line allows users to set whether or not the system uses inline or post-process data deduplication during backup windows.

  • June 22, 2007 22 Jun'07

    EVault backs up VMware

    Online backup service provider EVault announced a plug-in for VMware to offer better disaster recovery protection and backup of VMware virtual machines.

  • June 14, 2007 14 Jun'07

    Symantec tips hand on CDP roadmap

    Symantec officials reveal details of integration plans for CDP with NetBackup, as well as new features coming for Storage Foundation, at the Vision conference.

  • June 14, 2007 14 Jun'07

    Users eye NetBackup update

    Symantec users will be cautious with NetBackup 6.5 after last year's bugs in 6.0, but said new disk-based backup and SAN client features meant they'd make the leap.

  • June 13, 2007 13 Jun'07

    Users dish on Symantec PureDisk

    JPMorgan and Qualcomm say deploying the data deduplication product at remote offices saves on bandwidth and management time, but they're waiting on scalability improvements.

  • June 12, 2007 12 Jun'07

    Symantec improves disk support in NetBackup

    Long-awaited disk-based backup options are coming to NetBackup 6.5, encompassing VTL and data deduplication features.

  • June 11, 2007 11 Jun'07

    Virtual tape library vendors zero in on midmarket

    Overland has scaled up and Diligent has scaled down, as the VTL vendors focus in on midsized businesses.

  • June 08, 2007 08 Jun'07

    How data backup strategies are changing

    Learn how backup professionals are leveraging disk, tape, snapshot and CDP technologies to adopt new backup strategies.