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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.

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Yosemite offers unlimited server backup licensing
SMB backup vendor Yosemite Technologies, Inc. is taking a different tack on pricing with the new Unlimited Server Bundles for Yosemite Backup Standard 8.5. The new licensing model allows backup of an unlimited number of servers within a backup domain for one price. The company also released Yosemite Backup 8.5 Service Pack 2, which adds support for Ubuntu Linux servers. Usability and performance updates are also included, including job management, troubleshooting capabilities and bare metal disaster recovery operation.

This week's news
HDS disk array can now thin-provision other external storage systems

Dell to acquire EqualLogic for $1.4B

BlueArc branches into secondary storage

Tape vendor Overland moves into data deduplication

LeftHand adds hardware to iSCSI SANs

Xiotech snaps up intellectual property from Seagate

EqualLogic users hope Dell will take cue from VMware

Another former Veritas exec defects from Symantec (Storage Soup)

Intel, EMC launch storage whitebox into SOHO market

Reldata debuts 10 GigE gateway
Reldata launched the 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) 9240 Unified Storage Gateway appliance, which can act as a buffer between 10 GigE-connected servers and 1 GigE iSCSI storage or connect 10 GigE servers to 10 GigE storage. The gateways support SAN and NAS connectivity as well as WAN replication in the same box. The 9240 gateway is currently available starting at $42,500.

Fujifilm tracks tapes using GPS
Fujifilm announced the Fujifilm Tape Tracker, which combines GPS tags and a Web-based application to locate and track tape cases during transport. Fujifilm worked with defense and security technology player QinetiQ to create a GPS system housed in a standard half-inch data tape cartridge. The resulting device looks like a standard data tape, and is placed in a tape case to allow tracking.

Backup vendors support Mac OS X Leopard
BakBone's NetVault Backup 8.0 will now support the latest operating system (OS) offered by Apple, Mac OS X Leopard. In a separate release, Memeo Inc. said its LifeAgent content management and data backup software for Mac users is now compatible with Leopard and Apple iDisk. Finally, EMC said it will support Leopard with a dot-release of Retrospect (version 6.1.138 for Mac, for those of you keeping score at home).

German University combines VMware, DataCore
DataCore Software said the data center division at Technical University Kaiserslautern has created a SAN to optimize its existing VMware environment using DataCore SANmelody virtual storage software. The university is also using DataCore's thin provisioning.

SteelEye does CDP for Linux
SteelEye Technology released SteelEye Data Replication for Linux v6, the first product on Linux to combine continuous data protection (CDP) features such as "any point in time rewind" with data replication on LANs and WANs. (BakBone's NetVault 8.0 was first overall with CDP for Linux.)

Northern packs 1,000 changes into new SRM release
SRM startup Northern released Northern Storage Suite V8 (NSS V8), which introduces over 1,000 changes to the company's software product. Among them is the introduction of NSS:Dashboard, a console for monitoring and managing all storage devices and activity across distributed heterogeneous enterprises from one location. Other updates include increased response times in NAS environments, new GUI options for viewing reports, Active Directory integration and quotas that can span DAS and NetApp networked storage.

Mendocino gets some Sun
Kathleen Holmgren, a former storage executive at Sun Microsystems, has been named CEO of Mendocino Software. She replaces Steve Colman, who now takes over as Chairman. Holmgren was most recently senior vice president of Sun's Disk Systems business.

Moonwalk turns on FAN
Australian file management startup Moonwalk Inc. announced its Universal File Area Network (FAN), with support for all major existing hardware and operating systems platforms in its unified namespace. Moonwalk's use of the "FAN" term puts it squarely into competition with Brocade, which used the term first to describe its file virtualization products.

Nexsan joins Green Grid
Nexsan announced it has joined The Green Grid, a global consortium of companies dedicated to improving energy efficiency in data centers. Nexsan says it will incorporate The Green Grid's energy standards into its products in the future. Other members of the consortium include AMD, APC, Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Rackable Systems, SprayCool, Sun Microsystems and VMware.

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