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August, 2011


August 28, 2011  11:58 PM

VMWorld is a major storage event



Posted by: Randy Kerns
virtual machine storage, VMware

More than 70 storage hardware and software vendors will be exhibiting at VMWorld. That number verifies that VMWorld has become one of the major storage events where storage vendors choose to show their products and meet with customers, press, and analysts. These events represent a huge investment...

August 24, 2011  12:48 PM

VMware and the importance of storage



Posted by: Randy Kerns
storage for virtualization; storage and vmware; vmworld

With VMWorld approaching, vendors have already made announcements regarding storage and VMware with many to follow after the show begins next week. These announcements come mostly from storage vendors focused on the way storage is used in VMware environments. The volume of announcements...


August 22, 2011  2:35 PM

Dell adds 2.5-inch SAS, MLC SSDs to EqualLogic



Posted by: Dave Raffo
dell equalLogic, MLC SSDs

Dell revamped its EqualLogic iSCSI SAN hardware today, adding new entry-level and midrange platforms with support for 2.5-inch SAS drives and


August 19, 2011  3:57 PM

Political, economic uncertainty hits storage



Posted by: Dave Raffo
storage sales, storage switches, storage systems; fibre channel SAN

The debt ceiling crisis and market uncertainty have impacted storage sales – particularly in the government and financial services markets – leaving storage executives wondering if the buying decline is temporary or will be long-lasting. Two of the largest storage vendors -- NetApp and...


August 18, 2011  11:17 AM

Brace yourself for storage announcement season



Posted by: Randy Kerns
storage product launches, storage trade shows

Starting in late August, storage vendors will be making more product announcements than usual. These launches represent updates, next generations, or completely new products. Some announcements are coordinated with major industry events to give the vendors a venue to speak about and demonstrate the...


August 17, 2011  1:01 PM

Xiotech changes name, improves ISE



Posted by: Dave Raffo
Hybrid ISE, Hyper ISE, solid state storage, xio, xiotech

Xiotech is changing its name to X-IO (pronounced X-I-O) as part of an overhaul that really started in 2008 when it launched its ISE architecture and accelerated with...


August 16, 2011  1:13 PM

Zerto closes funding round to chase virtual machine replication



Posted by: Dave Raffo
recoverpoint, replication, zerto

The founders of Zerto are hoping to replicate the success they had with Kashya Networks, and they have $15 million in new funding to help fuel their plans. Zerto was founded by the Kedem brothers, CEO Ziv and CTO Oded. They sold


August 15, 2011  2:36 PM

InMage changes CEO, cultivates partner-friendly image



Posted by: Dave Raffo
Disaster recover software, inMage

InMage Systems has a new boss. He’s the same as its first boss. InMage founder Kumar Malavalli moved back into the CEO role today, replacing John Ferraro at the helm of the disaster recovery software vendor. Malavalli, who also founded switch maker Brocade, served as InMage CEO from its start...


August 10, 2011  12:56 PM

How to evaluate storage products from startups



Posted by: Randy Kerns
storage purchasing, storage startups, storage systems

Startup companies will often innovate and bring a unique product to market that can have high value for customers. The product may fit a specific need or solve a problem in a unique and economical manner. These innovations are good for the overall industry and should be encouraged. A startup’s...


August 8, 2011  3:02 PM

Does Brocade slump mean a drop in storage sales?



Posted by: Dave Raffo
brocade, Fibre Channel switches, storage sales

Brocade last Friday said its earnings last quarter fell short of its forecast, leading to questions about whether this is a sign of an overall slump in storage sales. Brocade is the market leader and one of two major vendors of

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