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News Analysis Trends

Brocade branches out

Buys NuView; adds 4Gbps FC switches

EMC adds eDiscovery services

EMC recently unveiled its eDiscovery solution, which combines services with EMC software and hardware to collect and hold information relative to litigation.

IBM adds software for SMBs

IBM has begun shipments of the IBM Tivoli Express Portfolio, a set of software products designed to enable small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to manage their IT infrastructure with integrated features usually found in more expensive “enterprise” products.

IBM launches 4Gbps FC arrays

IBM continued on its quest to refit its entire storage subsystem line with 4Gbps Fibre Channel technology this month by upgrading its midrange disk systems and launching new offerings for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

McData consolidates remote office data

McData recently announced a new set of partnerships, products, and services as part of a strategy to give large enterprises a better handle on centrally managing corporate data in remote office locations.

Microsoft acquires iSCSI software

Microsoft last month acquired iSCSI target software from start-up String Bean Software and plans to offer the technology as an add-on to the Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 platform.

Oh, what a tangled web they weave

Hewlett-Packard’s acquisition of OuterBay, a database archiving software vendor, comes as yet another example of two accelerating trends: IT-vendor portfolio conglomeration and portfolio entanglement.

Onaro widens its view into SANs

Onaro recently beefed up its predictive change management and monitoring software for SANs with the addition of replication and performance monitoring tools.

Business Briefs

Editorial

CDP: Confusion delays proliferation

Our Special Report this month (see “Making sense of CDP,” p. 24) explores continuous data protection, which is actually a very good phrase to describe a backup/recovery technology that continuously records data changes and enables uses to “roll back” to any point in time for very granular recovery-sort of like TiVo.

Lab Review

Do you need a 4Gbps FC SAN?

PCI-X and PCI Express versions of QLogic’s 4Gbps SANblade HBAs yield impressive performance results.

Features

Focus on: Midrange tape trends

LTO has captured the lion’s share of the midrange tape market, but users don’t buy based on market share.

The changing face of data protection

The emphasis is shifting from backup to recovery, and technologies such as CDP can help users meet RTO/RPO goals.

Special Report

Making sense of CDP

Does CDP stand for continuous data protection, or confusion delays proliferation?

New Products

Analyst View

Tape virtualization has many faces

Understanding the different choices you have is key to determining which technology best fits your needs, and in what situations.

What’s hot? D2D, data reduction, data classification

Disk-to-disk (D2D) backup and recovery, data reduction, and ILM-based data classification are relatively new technologies that will eventually become mainstream.

Snia On Storage

Tiered storage is only one part of ILM

Information lifecycle management (ILM) requires tools for tasks such as information classification, data classification, and data movement in conjunction with a tiered storage architecture.

Case Studies

Virtualization slowly makes inroads

Despite all the hype and debate, storage virtualization is not a priority for more than half of the end users recently surveyed by TheInfoPro research firm.

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Volume 10
Issue issue-4
April 2006