Contents:
-Storage Viewpoint: HP Introduces Disk-to-Disk Backup System for SMBs
-News from the Industry: NetApp Holds Its Ground as Unified Storage Leader
-New and Improved
- EMC Announces Support for Windows Vista and Blu-ray Disc
- Discover Potential Data Privacy Risks

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==== 1. HP Introduces Disk-to-Disk Backup System for SMBs ====
by David Chernicoff, david@windowsitpro.com

One of the most difficult problems with managing storage--especially for small-to-midsized businesses (SMBs)--is assuring that the network is consistently backed up. This includes allowing enough time to perform data backups, rotating tapes properly, and operating with little to no interruption of the normal business workflow. These tasks can easily overwhelm an SMB and can often result in a failure to perform regular backups.

HP, which is traditionally known for its enterprise-class storage systems, is making a serious effort to get the attention of SMBs through the release of its HP StorageWorks D2D Backup System. For less than $3000, SMBs can implement a comprehensive disk-to-disk backup system that supports 1TB (D2D110) or 2TB (D2D120) of storage and up to four Windows servers, while integrating with existing tape-backup methodologies. Unlike other SMB-targeted storage systems that HP has released since third quarter 2006, HP D2D Backup System is the first product that's really suitable for the small business. Other products have been targeted at the mid-tier SMB with a focus on storage arrays and entry-level dedicated network storage.

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==== News from the Industry ====
by Blake Eno, products@windowsitpro.com

NetApp Holds Its Ground as Unified Storage Leader

There seems to be a lot of buzz lately around unified storage. Vendors are responding to their customers' requests for an "all-in-one" appliance by releasing products that combine NAS, SAN, and Fibre Channel in one platform. Network Appliance, which has been an active provider of unified storage solutions, today expanded its offerings in this area with the release of the midrange NetApp FAS3040. The FAS3040 is the latest addition to the NetApp Fabric-Attached Storage (FAS) systems, which are based on NetApp's Data ONTAP 7G OS and support a mixed SAN and NAS environment. The FAS3040 scales up to 126TB of capacity and features integrated remote management, integrated 4Gb Fibre Channel, and a 64-bit controller architecture with a high-bandwidth I/O design.

I talked to Patrick Rogers, NetApp's vice president of products and partners, to learn how the FAS3040 stacked up against its direct competitors. Patrick pointed out than on the FAS3040's SAN competitive alignment sheet, where NetApp compares the FAS3040 against its direct competitors, the FAS3040 provides more maximum snapshot copies (127,500; the closest was around 16,000) than its competitors as well as thin-provisioning capabilities that other products don't contain. In a simulated Microsoft Exchange Server environment with Fibre Channel SAN-based storage, statistics show that the FAS3040 can handle 2000 more Exchange users than can one of the NetApp product's direct competitors. The NAS competitive alignment sheet also shows that the FAS3040 provides high availability without a standby controller, a single point of management, and RAID 6--functionality that none of the competition provides. The FAS3040 also provides greater maximum throughput (38 percent higher) and lower response time (23 percent faster). For a complete listing of the NetApp FAS3040 competitive differences, visit NetApp on the Web or call 800-443-4537.

==== New and Improved ====
by Blake Eno, products@windowsitpro.com

EMC Announces Support for Windows Vista and Blu-ray Disc

EMC announced that its small-to-midsized business (SMB) data protection solution, EMC Retrospect for Windows, now supports Windows Vista. EMC Retrospect protects your servers, applications, desktops, and laptops and features disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) backups and disaster recovery capabilities. The software can also back up to Blu-ray Disc. In addition to supporting Windows Vista, EMC Retrospect currently supports Macintosh, Linux, and Solaris. You can download a free trial of EMC Retrospect at EMC's Web site. For pricing information, contact EMC at 925-600-5305.
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Discover Potential Data Privacy Risks

Scentric announced the Data Privacy Assessment Tool, which classifies files on laptops, desktops, and file servers to determine potential data privacy risks in your organization. Scentric discovers data using several preset categories, including copyright, credit cards, Social Security numbers, objectionable content, payroll information, and health information. The Data Privacy Assessment Tool is available as a free download at Scentric's Web site. For more information, contact Scentric at 678-325-2150 or 877-301-1386.
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