News in Brief: EMC’s digital universe, Synology’s latest, Insentra surges

EMC has released its latest digital universe study, and gee we’re all making a lot of data. Plus news from Synology and Insentra.

EMC has released its annual, IDC-compiled, Digital Universe study. This year’s edition contains the usual startling numbers, to whit:

  • 1.8 zettabytes of data (that’s 1.8 trillion gigabytes if you need a slightly less incomprehensible number) will be created and replicated in 2011;
  • That’s 500 quadrillion files – yikes!;
  • The world’s collection of data is doubling every two years;
  • The number of files is growing faster than the quantity of data.

EMC concludes that this means its Big Data push is sorely needed because with all those quadrillions of files out there, someone needs to be able to figure out what’s in ‘em all. There’s also a token stat for cloud, as apparently 20% of data will touch a cloud at some point in its life.

You can download the digital universe study from this link.

Insentra ready to train on Symantec’s enterprise products

Specialist services firm Insentra has become the first Authorised Education Delivery Partner (EDP) for Symantec in Australia. As part of the agreement, Insentra will be able to develop and deliver training programs for Symantec's customers and partners.

“We are delighted to be working with Symantec as its Authorised Education Delivery Partner in Australia. This partnership will enable Insentra to deliver a range of training programs (including standard and customised courses) for the Symantec channel community to take to their customers. The courses will be delivered across Australia by Insentra’s own Symantec-certified instructors,” said Ronnie Altit, CEO at Insentra.

“Our investment to deliver Symantec training programs demonstrates our commitment to the value-add channel model on which our company is based,” Altit added.

Craig Scroggie, vice president and managing director, Pacific region, Symantec said, “Insentra’s in-depth understanding of Symantec’s core enterprise solutions, together with their highly experienced staff were key factors in the selection process. One of the key benefits of working with Insentra will be their flexibility to tailor Symantec training programs to meet the specific needs of our customers and partners.”

Synology’s busy week

Taiwanese NAS vendor Synology has had a busy week, announcing three new devices.

The 12-bay DiskStation DS3611xs is a desktop NAS that scales up to 100TB when linked with a 12-bay extension unit, the DX1211. The 10-bay RackStation RS3411xs/RS3411RPxs are rack-mounted units. All offer RAID 5, VMware readiness, iSCSI, thin provisioning and more.

The company has also released the DiskStation DS2411+, a 12-bay business-class NAS server designed for smaller businesses. This machine can also hook up to a DX1211 to create a 24-bay beast. The DS2411+ offers RAID 5, upgradable RAM and a deep sleep mode to keep small business power bills low.

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