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Storage Radio: What's new in EMC NetWorker 8

John Hilliard

Nearly a decade since EMC Corp. acquired NetWorker, the storage heavyweight unveiled the most significant upgrades

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to the backup product with NetWorker 8 earlier this week.

EMC told SearchDataBackup.com that NetWorker will have new features, like Client Direct and multi-tenancy for cloud backups, but still won’t offer data deduplication, an option seen in competing backup products. How will EMC NetWorker 8 affect the IT storage world? 

On our latest Storage Radio podcast, join SearchStorage.com’s executive editor Ellen O’Brien and senior news editor Dave Raffo as they delve into some of the changes.

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Also on the podcast, associate editor John Hilliard highlights some of the top storage-related news from around our sites and the web:

Overland Storage launches new arrays: The San Diego-based storage vendor released its SnapSAN 3000 and SnapSAN 5000 this week, taking aim at enterprise upper-midrange customers with I/O-intensive applications. Both systems support similar functions, according to the company, though the 5000 model offers additional features.

While relatively new to the storage area network (SAN) market, Overland is positioning itself as an alternative to the likes of Dell, EMC, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Hitachi Data Systems, IBM and NetApp. But Overland also lost millions of dollars after switching away from tape-only products a few years ago, and the company is counting on the SnapSAN lineup to improve its fortunes.

New Nasuni cloud storage controller eases demands on remote offices: Users of the Nasuni cloud storage appliance can take advantage of iSCSI support and a new controller the company said will make it easier for customers with remote offices to want block and file storage in a single box.

Steve Duplessie, an Enterprise Strategy Group analyst, called Nasuni's cloud storage appliance “anti-storage” and said its value is that it takes some storage tasks off remote offices and allows actual storage to be managed by IT in the cloud.

Cleversafe merges cloud storage software and Hadoop:
Cleversafe’s upcoming Version 3 of its cloud storage product will include Hadoop MapReduce that eliminates the limitations that made it a poor fit in the past for networked storage.

The change allows Cleversafe to remove the Hadoop Distributed File System and relies on an API to give the storage system the ability to assign jobs for local data access. The company is partnering with Lockheed Martin to create a version of the upcoming Cleversafe 3 for the federal government.

How do you toughen up a website for history in the making? According to The Poynter Institute, Scotusblog poured $10,000 into its systems in the days leading up to the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the federal Affordable Care Act (nicknamed Obamacare) on June 28.

Scotusblog offers daily coverage of the court’s activities, and was the main source of news as the court neared its decision on the controversial health care legislation. The upgrades to the blog’s systems included rewritten code for the site to run more efficiently, uploaded a copy of the site to the Amazon cloud and a batch of rosary beads, site publisher Tom Goldstein joked to The Poynter Institute. More than 1 million people waited on the blog on the day of the decision, and the blog remained online, so it sounded like money well-spent.

This story was previously published on SearchStorage.com.