Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Quantum and Veeam Partner To maximize data availability for virtual environments

Quantum Corp. announced a Premier Technology Alliance partnership with Veeam Software, Inc. to bring their latest joint VM storage and availability solutions to customers worldwide.

This collaboration will enable the two companies to serve a broader range of customers with simplified virtual backup solutions that deliver performance and maximize production system availability while lowering the TCO.

Veeam + Quantum Advantage
The cost and complexity of VM protection has kept many IT departments from enjoying the benefits of a virtualized environment. The combination of Veeam Backup & Replication software with Quantum's storage solutions maximizes data availability, enabling files to be restored in just seconds and VMs to be restored in minutes while reducing both on-premise and DR site backup storage costs compared to traditional backup applications. This combination also shortens backup windows and simplifies VM backups.

Complementary Solutions
Veeam Availability Suite combines the data protection and virtualization management capabilities of Veeam Backup & Replication and Veeam ONE for vSphere and Hyper-V. Quantum's tiered storage portfolio of hybrid storage, deduplication appliances, object storage and tape provides a complement to the capabilities Veeam has introduced with Veeam Availability Suite v8 and the upcoming release of Veeam Availability Suite v9 later this year.

This combination is designed to deliver customized data availability solutions to address the cost and performance needs of customer implementations at three levels:
  • Enterprise customers can adopt tiered backup storage solutions that leverage Quantum DXi deduplication appliances and use tape for long-term data retention to meet compliance and regulatory requirements.
  • For remote sites, customers can deploy a 100% virtual backup and DR solution with flexible replication options using Quantum's DXi V-Series virtual deduplication appliances.
  • Customers choosing to leverage Veeam's software-based deduplication can deploy Quantum QXS hybrid storage for fast backups.
Robert Clark, SVP, product operations, Quantum, said: "The nature of backup in the data center is changing, and companies are moving away from the expensive, centralized solutions that have traditionally dominated there. Veeam's unique feature set combined with Quantum's tiered backup storage solutions will enable customers to maximize production system availability while reducing their backup and DR costs."

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Sphere 3D Buys RDX Storage Business From Imation for $6 Million

  • Transaction will be accretive in this quarter for both revenue and gross margin;
  • Market will benefit from centralized introduction of new features and capacity upgrades;
  • Expands RDX market share in North America and Japan, to augment the existing strength in Europe;
  • Provides greater control over the backup appliance components that form a key part of Sphere 3D's strategy to deliver comprehensive virtualization, storage and data management for on premise, cloud and hybrid infrastructures.
Sphere 3D Corp. announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Overland Storage, Inc., acquired the RDX removable disk product lines and existing inventory assets from Imation Corp., pursuant to an Asset Purchase Agreement, dated as of August 10, 2015, by and among Sphere 3D, Overland Storage and Imation.

The Imation RDX product lines generated approximately $14.5 million of revenue for Imation in the trailing twelve months as of June 30, 2015.

"The completion of our acquisition of the RDX product lines from Imation will accelerate our efforts to aggressively pursue the purpose-built backup appliance market which is a valuable differentiator in our reference architecture for our hyper converged infrastructure deployments," said Eric Kelly, CEO, Sphere3D. "With this transaction now complete, Sphere 3D can expand the current strong presence of our Tandberg Data business in Europe, while increasing sales in key geographies such as North America and Japan, as well as simultaneously strengthening our Global Channel Partner Network for backup appliance offerings."

According to IDC Worldwide Quarterly Purpose-Built Backup Appliance Tracker, the worldwide PBBA market got off to a strong start in 2015 with solid year-over-year revenue growth. Factory revenues grew 6.9% year-over-year totaling $719.3 million and capacity shipped reached 647PBs, an increase of 32.3% year-over-year in the first quarter of 2015.

"Sphere 3D's award winning and patented RDX removable disk technology, marketed and sold under our Tandberg Data brand, is the industry standard in enterprise-grade removable disk storage for backup, data protection and archiving, and is characterized by its very rugged design that allows the disks to be handled and transported while safely retaining data," said Nilesh Patel, VP of product management and marketing, Sphere 3D. "RDX-powered purpose-built backup appliances, like our new RDX QuikStation, are the ideal solution for Small-to-Medium sized businesses in highly regulated industries such as healthcare and financial services, where data must be secured, protected, archived and recoverable per government regulations. This acquisition also now makes available to our global partners our groundbreaking RDX+ software technology which is designed to increase storage capacities by 50% and more, providing all QuickStation and QuickStor appliance customers with future expansion to larger than 2TB capacity media."

As part of the agreement and to ensure a seamless transition for customers, Imation has agreed to provide certain customer support services through October 31, 2015.

Transaction Highlights
100% stock transaction valued at approximately $4.9 million plus the net value of existing inventory of approximately $1.4 million, based on the closing price of Sphere 3D common shares as of August 6, 2015.

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

NAS Market to Grow at 26% CAGR Over 2014-2019

The global enterprise NAS storage market to grow at a CAGR of 25.85% over the period 2014-2019.

NAS systems create a shared file based storage between enterprise users. NAS exists as an independent network node on the LAN and comprises individual IP addresses. File transfer is achieved through Ethernet connections between users and NAS. It facilitates simultaneous access to multiple users. NAS systems can be used as backup storage in enterprises for archiving and disaster recovery purposes. NAS systems with server mode can also function as a multimedia, database, or print server for SMEs. High-end NAS systems also support RAID technology, which converts multiple HDD into one logical unit. NAS systems are designed and manufactured by several global and local vendors.

The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global enterprise NAS storage market for the period 2015-2019. The global enterprise NAS market can be segmented, based on end-users, into large enterprises and SMEs.

New trends are emerging in the market related to infrastructure used on-site as well as in data centers. Data centers are being made software defined, which is achieved through advancements in NAS systems. Hybrid arrays are being developed by merging both SAN and NAS systems to improve enterprise storage efficiency. NAS systems are now connected to the cloud to transfer data to cloud storage. These systems reduce the complexity of evolving enterprise operational environments.

According to the report, enterprises worldwide are expanding their businesses to remain competitive. The market is driven by the growing amount of business data, mostly unstructured data. Many data centers are being built to store and process these data. The need for data backup and archiving along with multiple user access to files simultaneously will catapult the demand for NAS systems. These systems are being added with additional features to mitigate current business storage challenges. NAS windows server systems enhance collaborative enterprise environments.

Further, the report states that with enterprise environments evolving constantly in terms of data generation as well as increases in the number of users, storage infrastructures face challenges.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Here are the benefits you get from the RDX technology

Standard Data Protection Device
RDX is recognized by all backup applications which support disk-backup, so you need no special adaptions and drivers

Proven and trusted technology
Over 500.000 businesses store their data on our RDX Technology, so also you can trust in RDX 

Fast and easy deployment
RDX QuikStor is connected via SAS or USB and is presented as a drive-letter. RDX QuikStation is attached via iSCSI. Each drive is a iSCSI target. All these are techniques you already know 

Easy to use
Just use it like another disk. For eject, just use the button at the front. 

Flexible configurations depending on customer needs
You can be define several modes in RDX QuikStation, like RDX drives, disk libraries, tape libraries or hybrid mode. This makes you independent and flexible.

Fast Data-Access because of random file access and high transfer rate makes your operations faster. 

Low operating cost
Does not spin if not is use, so RDX provides low power consumption. This saves money. 

Investment protection
No media and compatibility conflict, older drives can read new media and vice versa. This is important for long term calculations.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

ATTO Enhances Management and Monitoring Capabilities with VMware vCenter

ATTO Technology, Inc., today announced it has enhanced both management and monitoring capabilities for VMware vCenter with its new vConfigTool. This virtualization management utility also features Latency Scout, a storage I/O latency diagnostic tool developed in conjunction with VMware. 

ATTO’s vConfigTool is a software plug-in that integrates simplified, centralized management and monitoring into VMware vCenter Server for virtual environments. Using the exclusive Latency Scout feature, IT administrators can quickly identify bottlenecks to ensure optimal performance and maximum infrastructure uptime via real-time kernel, device and guest OS latency histograms. ATTO additionally provides guidance on how to make improvements based on Latency Scout results. With vConfigTool, IT administrators using VMware vSphere 5.5 and later web clients can accelerate adapter deployments, optimize configurations, improve system availability and reduce the cost of managing VMware host infrastructures. 

Products supporting vConfigTool include ATTO’s Celerity 16Gb Gen 5 Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters and ExpressSAS 12Gb SAS Host Bus Adapters. Both lines have been tested and certified with VMware vCenter and ESXi Server platforms. ATTO is also a certified CIM provider. ATTO’s VMware solutions are designed to support real-time virtual environments resulting in higher application performance, better transaction processing and an ability to handle larger workloads. Combined with the new vConfigTool and Latency Scout management and monitoring features, IT administrators can now better manage and meet corporate service level agreements (SLA).

Friday, May 15, 2015

HP RDX+ is Coming Your Way in June

HP RDX just got better! Starting in June 2015, HP RDX becomes HP RDX+
HP RDX+ will still have a lower cost of ownership than DAT, will still backup data at super fast speeds via USB 3.0, will still have a long usage life, and will still be portable, durable, static proof and shock proof. 
What’s better is that HP RDX+ doesn’t require a separate power source. It is USB-powered meaning it can be used anywhere. Is that a cheer we hear from businesses that require rugged products they can use in the field?

Monday, May 04, 2015

UK Firms Still Storing Data in Public Cloud - Few have exit strategy, should things go wrong.

Despite a pattern of losses by public cloud services providers, a survey commissioned by Connected Data, Inc., found UK firms are still storing data in the public cloud, and few have an exit strategy in place, should things go wrong.
Overview of survey findings:
  • One in five UK firms (19%) has no idea how long it would take them to get their data back if public cloud services went bust
  • Over a quarter (26%) has no idea how much it would cost them to get their data back
  • One in ten (12%) of businesses that were legally obliged to keep their data in the country the business resides in, didn't know where their data was
Public cloud model is unsustainable
The current business model for public cloud services is unprofitable. Companies build or rent expensive infrastructure and pay for massive amounts of bandwidth to transfer all user data, yet most users don't pay for the service meaning the providers are making a loss[1]. If these losses continue, it is likely that public cloud service providers could go bust. Despite these warnings, UK firms continue to put data on the public cloud and few understand the impact to their business, were this data to disappear.

Time to get the data back
The survey of 100 UK businesses revealed over two thirds (69%) put company data on public clouds but nearly a fifth (19%) admit that, if these services went bust, they have no idea how quickly they could get their data back or migrate it to another provider in such an event. 38% thought it would take a few days, nearly one in ten (9%) thought it might take weeks. Even a day or two without mission critical data could have a serious knock-on effect on an organisation.
Cost to get data back
Furthermore, over a quarter (26%) did not know what it would cost them to get their data back. Nearly a third (31%) estimated the cost to be over £10,000. 9% suspecting it would be between £26,000 and £50,000. A further 9% suspected it would be over £50,000.
Compliance concerns
Companies are even leaving compliance to chance. One in ten (12%) of businesses that were legally obliged to keep their data in the country the business resides in, didn't know where their data actually was. Failing to meet such requirements could lead to strict penalties and reputational damage.

Can private cloud solve the problem?
A private cloud appliance, such as the recently launched, Transporter, is a purchased appliance which uses existing infrastructure and avoids the backend costs that plague traditional cloud companies. This means it is highly profitable. For customers this means that the data is secure in every way. It's 100% private, no one can access or remove it and data is stored onsite only.

"Public cloud storage - offered by companies like Dropbox and Box - are really popular," comments Geoff Barrall, CEO, Transporter. "But, these firms are failing financially and that puts the data stored on them at risk. What is more worrying is that our survey shows UK firms have not fully considered this risk, partly because using the cloud is so easy, its hard to resist."

"That is why we developed Transporter," he added: "It gives users the same flexibility and experience as Dropbox and Box, but it gives CIOs that all important control over their data. No UK firm wants to be without its data for even a day, let alone weeks. They certainly don't want to be paying to get their data back. Having data on site gives companies peace of mind, whatever the future holds."

"With a private cloud appliance no exit strategy is required," Geoff concluded. "You have control of your data, always. You can access it at all times from anywhere, yet it remains onsite and under your control."

Survey Sample
A survey of 100 IT decision makers was commissioned by Connected Data and carried out by independent research company, Verve, in February 2015.

[1] Box's recent S-1 filing highlights a staggering $168 million loss on $124 million in revenue. And the current projections for Amazon Web Services show that Amazon is set to lose $410-810 million in Q4 (Source: Canalys, September 2014).