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Aug 31 2012   7:58PM GMT

More storage notes from VMworld

Rich Castagna Rich Castagna Profile: Rich Castagna

While the VMworld conference might have been a little light on major storage product news, the sheer number of storage vendors showing off their wares meant there were still plenty of interesting product developments even in the absence of blockbuster announcements.

VirtualSharp, a two-year old disaster recovery software company, lowered the price of an entry-level version of its core product, ReliableDR, to zero. The new free edition is available for download from the company’s website. The freebie app has no time limit, so it won’t self destruct in the middle of a recovery or migration. There are, however, some limitations: it can support up to 10 virtual machines (VMs) and an RPO of 48 hours. Of course, the full version of the product has no such limitations and can replicate data using VMware Changed Block Tracking (CBT) or tap into your storage array’s replication features. Pricing for the product starts at $300 per VM for a perpetual license.

Acronis has made its mark in the SMB data protection market and has been steadily augmenting its data protection products to appeal to a wider and bigger audience. They currently support backup for mixed physical and virtual environments, which is a key concern for many companies that want to avoid using multiple backup tools. Coming soon will be expanded cloud backup services, and extending current endpoint data protection to mobile devices while adding file synching capabilities.

Veeam CEO Ratmir Timashev says the virtual machine backup company will continue to focus on data protection for virtual servers and eschew physical server backup—at least for now. Timashev says the company, which has grown to $180 million in revenues with about 50,000 customers, is focused on building out its VM backup app with additional snapshot capabilities with Veeam Explorer for SAN Snapshots, a new feature the company recently rolled out in conjunction with Hewlett-Packard.

Best known for providing storage for video surveillance systems, Pivot3 Inc. is branching out and taking a shot at virtual desktop implementations with their vSTAC VDI P Cubed appliance. Each vSTAC appliance combines compute and storage with two six-core Intel Xeon processors, up to 348 GB of RAM and a storage configuration that includes 50 GB of SLC flash that functions as a write cache supporting from 12 TB to 36 TB of SATA or SAS spinning disks. vSTAC appliances, as their name implies, can be ganged up, with up to eight units that can support over 1,000 virtual desktops. Arriving fully configured, vSTACs look like a quick route to virtual desktops for small to mid-sized companies. Right now, Pivot3’s vSTAC supports VMware View, but other VDI platforms may be added later.

Belgian company CloudFounders showed off their CloudFrames private cloud software and its CloudBox appliance. The appliance is billed as an “all-in-one private cloud” for SMBs; when three of these units are stacked up, they’re able to withstand the loss of one to provide high availability. The boxes use a small amount of flash for caching along with 14 TB of hard disk and include replication, snapshotting and deduplication. This is the third generation of the product, and the company says that they already have 1,500 customers.

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