Stories by Lucas Mearian

  • New data recovery appliance targets smaller businesses

    Unitrends Software unveiled an upgrade to its near-line disk backup array aimed at the small-to-midsize business market that's designed to allow companies to restore servers from almost any point in time right down to the operating system.

  • HDS looks to move up the storage food chain

    Despite taking some market share from EMC this past quarter, Hitachi Data Systems remains in fifth place for external and internal disk storage sales, behind EMC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Dell. Dave Roberson, president and chief operating officer of HDS, spoke with Computerworld about how virtualization and tiered storage has been instrumental in grabbing market share. He also acknowledged that his company's go-to-market strategy needs an adrenaline boost, with lower-end systems and better reseller partnerships being key to moving up the food chain.

  • Iron Mountain buys LiveVault for US$50M

    Iron Mountain announced that it is buying LiveVault for US$50 million in a move to bolster its electronic data vaulting services. LiveVault's online server backup and recovery service has been resold by Iron Mountain for the past five years and targets small and midsize businesses.

  • Quantum adds security to storage line

    Quantum is set to announce various security features for its tape and disk storage products -- some available now and others planned for next year -- to help IT managers do a better job of protecting stored data from unauthorized access and disclosures.

  • NetApp announces big Q2 revenue gains

    Network Appliance on Thursday announced double-digit second-quarter revenue growth and said it continued to grab market share in the network-attached storage (NAS) market. Network Appliance said its revenue for the quarter was up 29 percent, or US$483 million, over the same quarter last year and up 8 percent from the previous quarter. That 29 percent growth rate was roughly four times the growth rate of the overall storage market.

  • Consortium demonstrates long-distance InfiniBand

    An IT industry organization that includes leading IT vendors such as Cisco Systems, Microsoft and Intel said Tuesday it has successfully demonstrated extended computing capabilities using InfiniBand technology. The demonstration was part of the SCinet conference in Seattle.

  • IBM unveils midrange NAS arrays

    IBM this week brought out a line of midrange storage arrays that offer network-attached storage capabilities and can transfer data via Fibre Channel and the IP-based Internet SCSI protocol.

  • Allianz Life adopts tiered storage

    Two years ago, David Kaercher, vice president of core services for Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America, had a dismal storage utilization rate of around 30 percent and little buy-in from business executives who didn't want to spend money on systems they didn't understand.

  • Copan shows MAID array archival version

    Copan Systems announced a new archival version of its massive array of idle disk (MAID) technology that allows users to retrieve their own files from online in a way that prevents them from corrupting existing files.

  • IBM releases second set of NAS arrays

    IBM Tuesday announced a line of midrange storage arrays -- its second such release in the past three months -- that not only offers network-attached storage capabilities but can transfer data via Fibre Channel and the IP-based iSCSI protocol.

  • HDS takes a bite out of EMC, IBM high-end storage

    Hitachi Data Systems is taking storage systems market share from competitors EMC and IBM, particularly in the area of high-end disk arrays, according to reports released this week from A.G. Edwards & Sons and Bear, Stearns & Co.