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Data Deduplication and Storage Talk Brews with Dell and CommVault

posted by Darren McLaws 12:29 PM
Thursday, June 18, 2009

Dell is looking to beef up it’s storage features on its products and the debate is hot as to which company Dell should strive to acquire in an attempt to do this. A couple of different names fostering reputations in the storage department are CommVault, Acronis, BakBone and DataCore. All of these could offer Dell the benefit of owning a storage-focused software vendor. Dell hopes that an acquisition of this type is just what it needs to restore and maintain its growth that it has been historically known for.

As of now, CommVault seems to be in the forefront of the talk. Meanwhile, EMC and NetApp are engaged in a war in striving to obtain the data deduplication leader Data Domain. Because these, and many other competitors, seem to be gaining an edge on Dell, it is in their best interest to dive into their deep pockets and make a move such as the one they are trying for here with CommVault. There is an issue with the deal though that could potentially arise and that is in regards to the software required to run CommVault’s dedupe technology. It only works with CommVaults Simpana software. Also, if Dell were to purchase CommVault, it would likely hurt its relationship with Symantec. Severing these type of relationships in business can prove quite costly in the long run so Dell needs to be careful with its choice in the matter.

Another possible storage provider that Dell is looking into is a smaller company in San Diego called Bakbone. This would be an easier target to shoot at due to their size and could probably save some of the big relationship issues associated with acquiring CommVault. However, Dell has the money and a bigger buy out could be just what they need to climb out of the valley they’ve been in. At any rate, the debate continues and only time will tell what the honchos over at Dell will do.

For a more complete reading of the story, check out the article on Channel Web.

Cristalink Releases New Firestreamer Software Utility

posted by Darren McLaws 4:07 PM
Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Many businesses and individuals have made the transition from tape drives to other (newer) systems of data storage and backup. It is not as though the need for tape is no longer there as it definitely is. Tape is still a cheaper form of backup, especially if you are already using a tape based system. Upgrading to a newer system means completely throwing out your old tape-based systems and purchasing brand new disk or hard drive systems that are quite costly. However, many looking to backup data, especially video data, might prefer the option of being able to back it up on devices other than tape.

Firestreamer is a good software that has been around for a while that makes your desired storage device appear as a regular tape drive to other applications running on your computer so that you can use the powerful Windows Backup Utility (NTBackup) to backup and restore your files and folders to and from your device.

The latest version of the software (Firestreamer Virtual Tape Library 4.0) was just released and is available for a free 30 day trial download on Cristalink’s site.

They say that it is completely redesigned from the older version and can support up to 8 virtual tape libraries with up to 255 tape drives and 60,000 storage slots per library. How it works is that it seemlessly integrates with the existing tape-based backup software and enables it to access a wide range of non-tape based storage media. This obviously makes it possible for long-term and off-site retention of data without the need for tape drives.

With the new version, there is a wide range of supported storage mediums including:

  • files on any accessible storage devices
  • SAN
  • NAS
  • external hard disk drives (HDD)
  • RDX removable disks
  • Blu-ray
  • Iomega REV
  • HD DVD
  • DVD, and more.

They boast that Firestreamer operates on all 32 and 64 bit editions of Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008, and is compatible with Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager.

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