Stories by Lucas Mearian

Zetta offers cloud storage for the enterprise

Start-up Zetta Inc. Monday unveiled an enterprise-class, software-as-a-service storage business with an architecture built on proprietary systems and offering an all-inclusive service starting at 25 cents per gigabyte of storage. The service is targeted at businesses with 200 to 2,000 employees.

AmeriVault, NTG merger produces a storage services provider

Backup provider AmeriVault Corp. and managed services provider Network Technology Group Inc. (NTG), both owned by Provider HealthNet Services Inc., Monday announced plans to join forces as Venyu Inc., which will offer data backup, disaster recovery and managed data center services to small- to mid-sized businesses.


EMC announces content archiving, e-discovery applications

EMC Corp. Thursday announced a new family of e-mail archiving and e-discovery applications that can centrally manage multiple content types in order to apply consistent retention, disposition and overall life-cycle management regardless of the hardware platform.

Corsair releases one-touch backup USB flash drive adapter

Corsair Memory Inc. Tuesday introduced a USB flash drive adapter that it said creates a push-button file backup for computers when any flash drive is plugged into it.

US Airways Flight 1549 passenger grateful for life, and data

Moments after Paul Jorgensen realized the commercial jet he was aboard was about the crash into the Hudson River, he turned to the passenger next to him, grabbed his arm and asked him, "Are we going to die? He looked me square in the eye and he nodded. He didn't say anything. He just shook his head up and down like saying yes, we're going to die," Jorgensen said.

Western Digital pays US$65M for solid state drive maker

Western Digital Corp. Monday announced that it has completed a $65 million cash acquisition of SiliconSystems, Inc., a small, Aliso Viejo, Calif.-based maker of solid-state drives.

Parascale launches cloud storage software

Grid storage computing startup Parascale Inc. Monday announced the availability of its new ParaScale Cloud Storage (PCS) software, which it said can be used to cobble together hundreds of commodity servers to act as a massively scalable, high-availability, file repository.

Start-up unveils hybrid cloud/on-site backup service

Axcient Inc. Tuesday announced the availability of a hybrid hosted/on-site data protection and business continuity service, which offers a pay-as-you-grow approach to data backup and replication.

Flash memory vendors slashing production, raising prices

NAND flash memory vendors responded to the slowing economy and weak consumer confidence by phasing out production of 200mm wafer manufacturing and cutting overall flash memory production to an industry-wide average of 70% in the first quarter of this year, according to analysts.

Bad times force IT to deal with orphaned hardware, software

Pat Beemer, the IT director at Seattle Lighting Fixture Co., has a lot of orphaned computer hardware and unused software licenses on his hands -- the result of what he called "serious" layoffs at the company in recent months.

Symantec launches cloud-based storage service for the masses

Symantec Corp. Thursday formally unveiled its cloud-based storage service, Norton Online Backup, marketing it as a consumer product for managing up to five PCs on a home network through a single dashboard. Norton Online Backup also offers the protection of Norton 360 antivirus software.

Review: Toshiba 500GB USB external hard drive

Toshiba Corp. recently sent in its new 500GB USB external disk drive for review. While the 2.5-inch device is a slick-looking drive with its diminutive size and shiny-black plastic case, I took issue with a couple of things after using it.

EMC unveils new features for home, small-business NAS drive

EMC Corp.'s Iomega Corp. division Tuesday unveiled new features for the Iomega StorCenter ix2 network-attached storage (NAS) drive, including Web access and peer-to-peer file sharing.

Fusion-io unveils SSD drives with 1.5GB throughput

Fusion-io Friday announced what it is calling the fastest server-based solid state drive on the market today, with double the slot capacity if its older PCI Express-based ioDrive.

Micron flash chip offloads memory management for portables

Flash memory maker Micron Technology said that it will ship a new high-density flash memory chip for portable media players that relieves mobile processors of NAND management functions.