Storage roundup: Marketing agency goes from DAS to 3PAR SAN, SAP users worried about backup

TrafficBroker purchases 3PAR InServ Storage Server; survey finds SAP users worry about backup; Irish hospital implements data archiving; SSD maker acquires Incipient IP; and more.

Marketing agency goes from DAS to 3PAR SAN

London-based Internet marketing agency TrafficBroker has consolidated storage from direct-attached drives to shared storage using 3PAR equipment. The business has benefitted from a threefold reduction in storage administration time and has cut disk capacity purchasing by 25% by moving to a single 3PAR InServ Storage Server.

Prior to deploying 3PAR, TrafficBroker's storage consisted of SATA disks directly attached to servers, with different machines used for different applications. With 3PAR, TrafficBroker still uses SATA disks for test and development, but has increased service levels by using Fibre Channel disks for more demanding workloads in a tiered storage arrangement.

"We couldn't keep running our data centre the way we used to," said Lukas Oberhuber, chief technology officer at TrafficBroker. "We had a hodgepodge of incompatible servers that were purchased at various times and with varying power, and any time we wanted to do something new it was extremely painful and soaked up weeks of time we couldn't afford."

SAP users worried about backup

SAP software users are seeing huge data growth and have concerns over backup and recovery, according to research carried out by archiving vendor Macro 4. The survey -- which questioned 135 IT managers in the UK, France and Spain -- found that 45% of SAP software users admitted their data is growing faster than expected. In addition, 69% said their main worry about keeping large volumes of data in SAP databases is the time it takes to back up their system.

"We've spoken to users with large databases who know it would take them several days to get their core business systems up and available again in the event of failure," said Lynda Kershaw, marketing manager at Macro 4.

Irish hospital implements data archiving for electronic healthcare records

The Galway Clinic, a 126-bed hospital in the west of Ireland, plans to implement BridgeHead Software data archiving to support its drive to create a completely electronic healthcare record. The organisation will use BridgeHead's BH FileStore archiving software for the long-term storage and retrieval of scanned patient documents. Initially, the Galway Clinic will digitise the five years' worth of patient documents accumulated since it was first opened. Over time, BH FileStore will automatically identify older documents that aren't frequently accessed and reposition them onto lower cost secondary storage within the archive.

SSD maker acquires storage tool IP

Solid-state drive (SSD) manufacturer Texas Memory Systems has acquired data management patents and source code from storage virtualisation and management tool vendor Incipient. The move will provide Texas Memory Systems with tools that will allow it to build out from being a provider of raw SSD storage capacity. The two companies remain independent of each other.

C2C Systems offers Exchange archiving for SMEs

Email archiving vendor C2C Systems has announced ArchiveOne Express, which is designed for organisations with 20 to 200 Microsoft Exchange mailboxes. ArchiveOne Express helps smaller organisations improve mail system capacity and performance, and meet compliance and e-discovery requirements. Configuration of ArchiveOne Express is wizard-driven and will deliver analytical search and email storage management, as well as enable consolidation of scattered .pst files to the central archive.

Storage Fusion offers eco-analytics

Storage resource analysis (SRA) vendor Storage Fusion has unveiled an environmental analytics module for its SRA platform. The new environmental module includes a detailed power consumption assessment for heterogeneous magnetic disk storage systems within a single data centre or across multiple sites. Storage Fusion's SRA software-as-a-service architecture provides detailed statistics on power consumption for the operation and cooling of storage systems with Watts per gigabyte of storage capacity viewable for individual drives, integrated systems or complete sites.

Atempo upgrades data protection tool

Backup and recovery tool vendor Atempo has introduced several new management and support features with the launch of Atempo Digital Archive 3.0. These include an integrated media management layer, enhanced disaster recovery capabilities, an XML plug-in, support for multi-partitioned archive operations, and key compatibility with NetApp NAS storage solutions as well as with Building4Media, which offers a media asset management software widely used in creative markets.

3PAR appoints new VP of customer services

Storage array manufacturer 3PAR has announced the appointment of Rusty Walther as vice president of customer services. Walther -- who brings more than 25 years of technology services experience to the position -- is charged with overseeing all technical support, field service, service logistics, deployment services, program management and technical education. He'll also maintain and manage 3PAR's authorised service partners' network. Walther joins 3PAR from Data Domain following the company's acquisition by EMC.

NetApp launches £1m storage challenge

NetApp has launched a "£1m challenge challenge to slash storage by 50%." The storage vendor has promised up to £1m in NetApp storage hardware, software and services to a qualifying new customer with the aim of showing it can reduce its storage usage by 50% in a virtualised environment. As part of the challenge, a NetApp-appointed analyst will independently benchmark the impact of NetApp's storage following implementation and publish the results.

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