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News Analysis Trends

Attaching blade servers to SANs

It should come as no surprise that storage is no longer a stand-alone purchase. In fact, storage is now a consideration in almost every IT acquisition.

CDP survey raises questions

When International Data Corp. (IDC) analysts Rhoda Phillips and Natalya Yezhkova started researching continuous data protection (CDP) technology a year ago, they began by categorizing solutions according to whether they were software- or appliance-based.

CIO survey reveals surprises

A survey of 100 Fortune 1000 CIOs in the US, conducted by Citigroup, revealed a number of surprising results on the storage front.

Emulex pushes FC-SATA spec

Emulex is spearheading a potential standard, recently dubbed “FC-SATA,” that is analogous to Serial Attached SCSI (SAS): Just as SAS subsystems can accommodate both SAS and Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives, FC-SATA arrays would be able to accommodate both Fibre Channel and SATA drives.

Microsoft upgrades SAN, NAS features

Microsoft made good on its promise to add enhanced SAN and NAS management capabilities to its Windows Server 2003 operating system last month when it released Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 to its partners.

Software fills forecasting gap in SRM

Storage resource management (SRM) tools have become an integral part of managing networked storage environments by bringing visualization, discovery, provisioning, reporting, and a host of other capabilities to the fingertips of storage administrators.

Tape encryption not a security cure-all

Thanks to a few high-profile incidents of lost backup tapes in 2005, data security has been boiled down to a simple solution by many vendors: tape encryption.

VTLs top users’ priority list

A recent end-user survey conducted by TheInfoPro research firm (“Wave 6” of TIP’s semi-annual surveys) shows that virtual tape libraries (VTLs) rank as the top storage networking technology in the plans of many large enterprises.


Building an information management framework

An information management framework (IMF) includes four layers: policy, management, operations, and infrastructure.

Data protection over WANs: Security

Security should be a primary consideration when implementing a WAN-based backup-and-recovery system.

Information lifecycle management, from A to Z

Part one in our three-part series on ILM focuses on information assurance, data protection, and the importance of context.

Why users are embracing iSCSI SANs

There are many potential benefits of IP SANs based on iSCSI, but relatively low cost is the primary factor.

Business Briefs

Special Report

Five interfaces, five vendors, five opinions

What’s the relative positioning of Fibre Channel, ATA, Serial ATA (SATA), SCSI, and Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) in enterprise applications?

New Products

Focus on SAS/SATA

The following is a sampling of recent Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) and Serial ATA (SATA) product announcements

Focus on: iSCSI

Here’s a brief sampling of some of the more-recent iSCSI-related product announcements, ranging from full-blown IP SANs to silicon controllers


Options multiply for users and integrators

End users and systems/storage integrators are cruising into the New Year with an unprecedented number of choices when it comes to disk drive/array interfaces and drive types: Fibre Channel, parallel SCSI, Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), parallel ATA, and Serial ATA (SATA).

Snia On Storage

SNIA sets priorities for 2006

Primary areas of focus include standards, security, data management, and end-user education.

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Volume 10
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January 2006