Week in review: Hitachi's unified storage system; will EMC buy XtremIO?

John Hilliard

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Week in review: Hitachi's unified storage system; will EMC buy XtremIO?

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I love it when a plan comes together: Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) took its first step into offering a unified storage system this week with the launch of its Hitachi Unified Storage (HUS) platform that combines block, file and object storage under a single management console.

Let’s make a deal: Meanwhile, EMC Corp., is rumored to be eyeing all-flash storage array startup XtremIO, after Israeli business newspaper Globes today reports that EMC is discussing a buyout of the Tel Aviv-based startup for $400 million to $450 million.

Master of your domain: And in other EMC-related news, the company extended its Data Domain Boost (DD Boost) software to Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN) in an attempt to make deduplicated backups of Oracle servers run faster, and find more buyers for EMC’s Data Domain appliances.

Beep, beep, back up the truck: Symantec announced its sales for last quarter came in below expectations, impacted in part by customers waiting for its Backup Exec refresh. The vendor anticipates reporting approximately $1.68 billion in revenue when it officially reports earnings May 2. Its original forecast for the quarter was between $1.72 billion and $1.73 billion.

Unclear who gets to be Batman in this relationship: Microsoft Corp. will bundle Commvault Simpana 9 Express with the company’s Azure Cloudplatform for enterprise data retention needs, the backup software maker said this week.

Let’s make a deal, take 2: Startup Symform has a peer-to-peer cloud storage and backup model that seems a bit whacky at first – its cloud consists of disk space from users’ PCs, servers and NAS devices. But Symform’s execs say they have the security and data distribution figured out, and this week they picked up more funding to expand their engineering and sales teams (via Storage Soup).

Unintentional crowd-sourcing: More than one in every ten second-hand hard drives contains recoverable personal information of the original owner (Via Naked Security).