Symantec today announced the availability of FileStore, a resilient clustered NAS platform that the company uses internally to deliver its Norton Online Backup and Symantec Hosted Services backup and archiving services. Although FileStore is not a cloud storage platform in its own right, it could serve as storage infrastructure supporting an enterprise or public cloud service.
Today marks the next step for Xiotech, with a new round of funding and a new CEO at the helm. Alan Atkinson founded WysDM, sold to EMC, and takes over Xiotech and its ISE hardware.
EMCâ€™s focus over the past several years has been on minimizing its different hardware platforms and introducing advanced software functionality in its platforms to deliver end-to-end integration. It is not a far stretch to envision the company pulling more software into the storage processors of today and adding advanced functionality.
Coming out of stealth at VMworld 2009 in San Francisco, startup EvoStor exemplifies this new virtualization-optimized storage concept. Taking existing storage concepts like scale-out grid and automated storage layout, EvoStor’s offering is designed exclusively to support the VMware vSphere platform.
Solid-state storage performance stalwart, Texas Memory Systems (TMS), has secured access to the patents and source code of SAN virtualization pioneer, Incipient, Inc. TMS will likely use this new technology to cluster and scale their storage offerings, while Incipient remains independent for now.
EMC announced today that they had acquired Kazeon Systems, a standard-bearer in the world of information search and e-discovery. Kazeon had long worked to develop an automatic data classification capability, building an appliance based on open-source and in-house tools. The company’s solution was capable of both scanning file content and indexing it in a database for later search, somewhat unique in the space. Kazeon has also been active in the e-discovery and litigation-readiness space and was top-of-mind for analysts discussing such tools. EMC will likely integrate the Kazeon technology with their SourceOne archiving and discovery platform.
EMC is a storage company, right? Not anymore! Under Joe Tucci, the disk giant from Hopkinton has been diversifying rapidly, with acquisitions like VMware, Documentum, RSA, and Smarts. But is the IT world ready for EMC’s next move?
As cloud computing becomes more mainstream, investors will start looking to get in on the act. With that in mind, a friend and I began discussing which public companies were getting into the cloud computing market and to what extent. I have put together the following list, and encourage comments, suggestions, and contributions.
Just five days after HP announced it would acquire IBRIX, another scale-out NAS provider has been purchased. LSI announced today that it would acquire ONStor for $25 million in cash. The company sold a range of SAN and NAS storage systems, but was best-known for its Bobcat clustered NAS gateways.
HP woke up the IT world this morning by announcing their acquisition of IBRIX, a maker of scale-out file servers. The purchase will presumably be integrated with HP’s existing clustered file system technology acquired with PolyServe in 2007. The move demonstrates HP’s commitment to continue to be a major player in the enterprise storage market.