Storage Radio: Riverbed Whitewater appliance chases enterprise

In our latest Storage Radio podcast, editors discuss the Riverbed Whitewater cloud data backup appliance for enterprise backups.

Riverbed Technology is offering a new Whitewater appliance that the company hopes will make inroads with enterprises -- but will companies buy into backing up their data to the cloud?

In our latest Storage Radio podcast, executive editor Ellen O'Brien and senior news director Dave Raffo discuss the new Riverbed Whitewater 3010 cloud data backup appliance entry into the enterprise backup market.

And associate editor John Hilliard highlights some of the week's best stories from our sites, including:

Acronis International announced this week that it acquired file-sharing software company GroupLogic, with an eye to adding its data protection technology to GroupLogic's mobile device backup and sharing products.

GroupLogic is primarily known for its mobile device file sharing, syncing and collaboration software, especially for Apple devices. Acronis will combine that data accessibility platform with its data protection software.

Amplidata announced earlier this week that it collected $6 million from its latest round of funding, with OEM partner Quantum Corp. acting as lead investor. That money will be funneled into boosting the company's marketing, sales and engineering efforts, and brings the company's investment total to approximately $23 million.

But the news comes with a leadership change for the company: Amplidata founder Wim De Wispelaere handed over his CEO role to board member Mike Wall. Wall is the former CEO of backup software maker Atempo before its acquisition by ASG Solutions. De Wispelaere will continue with Amplidata as its chief technology officer.

Nimble Storage said it plans to double the size of its staff with the $40.7 million it collected from a mezzanine round of funding on its way to a potential IPO.

The maker of hybrid flash and hard drive arrays said it has collected a total of $98 million from investments, and hopes to go public sometime between Q3 of 2013 and Q2 of 2014.

The company's headcount is now about 250, and officials said it will expand its engineering, marketing, support and sales efforts.

EMC Corp. continues to lead the charge in the storage market. According to the research firms IDC and Gartner, the company's latest revenue reports show that EMC was the only major storage company to see year-over-year market share growth in the second quarter of 2012.

EMC's market share was 30.4% in Q2, an increase from 28.6% during the same period in 2011, according to IDC. Meanwhile, EMC's competitors -- such as IBM, NetApp, HP, Dell and Hitachi -- either maintained or lost market share.

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