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Posted on January 01, 2003

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Performance management for FC SANs. NetScout Systems has extended its nGenius Performance Management System for LANs and WANs to address Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs). The system allows administrators to diagnose traffic anomalies, conversation specifics, and trends regarding bandwidth use. The Fibre Channel probes are available in 1-, 2-, and 4-port configurations, with prices starting at $19,995.

Distributor launches SAN analysis service. Designed for VARs, Avnet Hall-Mark's Networked Storage Advisor includes software tools, training, and support services that will allow resellers to perform storage assessment (analysis and recommendations) services for end users. A primary goal is to reduce the time required for typically labor-intensive storage assessment. For more information, check out www.avnet.hallmark.com.

Remote service/support for SANs. Motive Communications' Enterprise Service Solution for Storage Networks enables storage vendors and service providers to offer remote service and support for SAN customers. The service allows vendors and users to work together on issues such as SAN troubleshooting, diagnostics, and problem resolution. Veritas Software recently became one of Motive's first customers.

Storage Rx for medical community. Last month, Sony Electronics introduced a line of tape-based and network-attached storage (NAS) systems to meet the data archival and access needs of the medical community. Initial offerings include Sony's AIT-3 tape drives, StorStation AIT Library 162, and StorStation NAS appliance. The products can be used to store digital images and files from picture archiving communication systems (PACS), radiological scans, and patient records.

Duo demos shared file system over WAN. SGI and LightSand recently demonstrated data sharing capabilities using a single shared file system over a simulated 8,000km WAN. SGI's CXFS file system enables distributed servers running different operating systems to directly access a shared 64-bit file system. For the demo, SGI servers were connected via Fibre Channel to SGI disk arrays, with two data centers connected by LightSand's S-600 gateway.

Next-gen optical drive packs 30GB. Plasmon recently demonstrated a prototype of its 5.25-inch, 30GB Ultra Density Optical (UDO) drives and media. UDO uses 405nm blue-violet lasers and phase change technology. Its media cartridges are identical to current 5.25-in magneto-optical media. Production shipments are expected in August.


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