Network Storage

For many years, one of the most common backup practices for businesses has been the use of tape archives. As a tried and tested storage solution, it’s still a familiar sight in many firms, even if it looks a little outdated when compared with more modern alternatives such as cloud backups.

Do you know where your backups are? If not you have company. A global survey of 720 IT administrators by data recovery expert Kroll Ontrack found 30 percent of respondents do not have clear insight into what specific information is stored within their tape archives.

Dell’s 10 year program to build an end-to-end enterprise software suite reached its culmination this week with the stunning $US67 billion takeover of EMC, rounding out the company’s portfolio with a compressive set of solutions for unstructured data management.

A move to the Amazon cloud for data backups is paying dividends for PFD Food Services, Australia’s largest privately owned fresh and frozen food distributor with $A1.5 billion turnover, 2,200 staff and over 65 sites across Australia.

Quantum has announced plans to make LTO Ultrium format generation 7 technology available in its Scalar and StorNext AEL tape libraries. The latest generation of LTO tape offers a low-cost, highly energy-efficient, long-term storage solution for companies struggling to manage the massive growth of unstructured data and maximize the value of their digital content.

Catalogic Software has announced CX 2.2, which delivers major enhancements to the workflow automation and orchestration for copy data creation and use. Additionally, ECX 2.2 will deliver “in-place” copy data management support for major IBM storage platforms, including Storwize, SVC, v9000 and IBM Flash Copy Manager.  

Spectra Logic has unveiled a new NAS disk platform designed to provide high-density bulk storage for reliable, high-capacity digital preservation, at costs as low as AU15 cents per gigabyte raw.

Quantum has announced new enhancements to the Scalar i6000 tape library, doubling drive density to provide what is claimed to be the most compact LTO storage footprint in the enterprise market, adding unique RESTful web services management capabilities and offering 80 PLUS certified power supplies for efficient power usage.

Storage solutions provider Barracuda has introduce CudaDrive, a new secure cloud file service for businesses, delivered on desktops via local virtual drive, as well as mobile and web applications.

The Veritas Information  Map, a new tool to enable businesses to delve deep into their data stores to recognise and prioritise information across their organisations, is one of a number of releases being delivered over coming months as Veritas completes full operational separation from Symantec, due by October 2015.