Logical Units: Unisys storage assessment service; EMC’s new Avamar certification

Our occasional roundup of new storage products includes a new certification for EMC pros, Unisys bringing its storage assessment service to Australia and a half-height LTO-5 drive.

If you’re not doing anything on July 16th, EMC will happily usher you into an exam room to sit a test for its new certification, the EMCIE Backup and Recovery - Avamar Specialist Certification!

EMC says the new certification has been developed in response to demand for professionals with proven Avamar expertise.

Unisys offers free storage assessments

Unisys has introduced free storage analysis services to Australia and New Zealand. The company uses Storage Fusion’s storage assessment toolkit to analyse organisations’ storage infrastructure, then offers consultancy on how it can be improved.

“Most large companies do not have a great view of where their storage is,” says Jeremy Babb, Unisys Asia Pacific’s Senior Storage Architect in the company’s Data Centre Transformation team. “A lot of storage is duplicated, replicated, unallocated. This tool does a discovery [and] we have a range of people who gather information from the report and create a dashboard view of what an enterprise’s storage looks like.”

The reports identify unallocated space, opportunities to reclaim storage and other opportunities.

Initial assessments are free, but the company hopes to then win work implementing the reports’ recommendations or providing ongoing assessment services and reports.

If asked to work on customers’ storage systems, the company is happy to do so with any vendor’s storage equipment or software. “Being vendor agnostic we can then bring different products to achieve the outcome,” Babb says.

The company already has clients for the service.

“We are already working at two government clients in Australia and positioning with a couple of clients in New Zealand,” Babb told SearchStorage ANZ.

Half-height LTO-5

LTO-5 products are starting to arrive with increasing frequency and differentiation, such as Tandberg Data’s new LTO-5 HH. The “HH” stands for “half-height,” which tells you most of what you need to know about the $US2995 device (pictured).


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