Network Storage

Commvault has introduced the eleventh version of its solutions portfolio (v11) – Commvault Software and the Commvault Data Platform, including expanded capabilities for Amazon Web Services (AWS) beyond virtual machines to include protection of databases, further enabling enterprises to implement holistic data management strategies on premise or in the cloud.

With increasingly powerful variants known by exotic names such as Zepto, Locky, Dridex and Angler, Ransomware poses a growing and critical threat to enterprises. In 2015, there were nearly 407,000 attempted ransomware infections and over $US325 million extorted from victims with many experts seeing it as the security issue of 2016.

Organsations habitually over-retain information, especially unstructured electronic information, for many reasons. However, many organisations simply have not addressed what to do with this data so fall back on relying on individual employees to decide what should be kept and for how long and what should be disposed of.

The International Data Corporation (IDC) end-user study, CloudView 2016, has found that 67% of all Australian organisations surveyed are embracing cloud, using public or private cloud for more than one or two small applications or workloads yet only 13% of the respondents believed that they have an "optimised" cloud strategy.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise, which split from HP last year, has acquired SGI, a company that makes servers, storage, and software for data analytics and data management, for $US275 million in cash and debt.

Leading Australian managed services provider, Brennan IT, has selected Commvault Software and Huawei OceansStor to deliver a scalable and flexible Backup-as-a-Service solution.

For the first time, scientists at IBM Research have demonstrated reliably storing 3 bits of data per cell using a relatively new memory technology known as phase-change memory (PCM).

Startups are addictive. When you set a milestone and then meet it, it's like a rush of adrenaline. I'm on my third startup, a company focused on enterprise-class content indexing, and I still remember clearly the excitement I felt years ago when we first started receiving an influx of calls from law firms after announcing our ability to directly index backup tapes.

US storage software developer Infinite IO has launched a a Metadata Accelerator it claims can massively speed up access to data on network attached storage systems

Sony has unveiled the second generation of its Optical Disc Archive System, which adopts a new, high-capacity optical media developed jointly by Sony and Panasonic.  This newest media, rated with a 100-year shelf life, doubles the capacity of a single cartridge to 3.3 TB.