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Business Briefs

Business Briefs

QLogic’s 4Gbps SANbox 5600 Series Fibre Channel stackable switches are now available directly from Sun Microsystems and authorized Sun distributors.

News Analysis Trends

Cisco launches 4Gbps director

Cisco began shipments to its OEMs last month of a whale of a Fibre Channel switch-the 528-port MDS 9513 Multilayer Director, with support for 4Gbps and 10Gbps Fibre Channel.

HDS ships midrange TagmaStore

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) recently launched a new storage array and updated its HiCommand management software to bring the multi-protocol support and data migration features of its high-end TagmaStore array down to midrange customers.

Intel to sell entry-level EMC arrays

EMC and Intel joined forces last month at the Storage Networking World conference to surprise the crowd with the announcement of a new OEM partnership under which Intel will sell a line of entry-level storage arrays based on EMC's recently launched series of Clariion AX150 storage systems.

Nimbus claims iSCSI ‘firsts’

Start-up Nimbus Data Systems last month unveiled iSCSI-based IP SAN systems that the company claims have a number of unique features to differentiate them from iSCSI systems from more-established vendors such as EqualLogic, Intransa, LeftHand Networks, and Network Appliance.

SATA spurs RAID-6 activity

RAID 6 isn't new. Vendors such as Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, and Network Appliance have been incorporating RAID-6 technology in their disk arrays for years (although they typically don't refer to it as RAID 6).

SRM vendors add business analytics

Storage resource management (SRM) tools were fairly limited when they hit the scene in the open systems world a few years ago.

Symantec tackles branch office backup

Symantec officially jumped on the branch-office backup-and-recovery bandwagon recently with the debut of Veritas NetBackup 6.0 PureDisk Remote Office Edition.

Tacit combines WAFS and WAN optimization

Tacit Networks has added WAN optimization to wide area file services (WAFS) with the 3.0 release of its Ishared software for enterprise branch and remote office locations.

Case Studies

Content-addressed storage makes the grade

It is safe to assume that when any new storage technology hits the streets it will be followed by a parade of naysayers and detractors and a subsequent battle among vendors over where, when, and how it should be used.

Special Report

Data classification is the icing on the ILM cake

Call it what you want-ICM, IIM, etc.-but data classification and policy-based management tools will help you get a grip on burgeoning data stores.

Lab Review

DLT-S4 reveals ‘super-tape paradox’

With a native throughput rate that’s 20% slower than IBM’s LTO-3 drive, Quantum’s new DLT-S4 performs backup jobs 30% faster.


Does virtualization free you up or lock you in?

When the word “virtualization” was first applied to storage, it referred to the ability to create a unified pool of storage from heterogeneous disk platforms by masking the underlying complexity.

Analyst View

Guidelines for evaluating virtual tape libraries

VTLs can form the foundation of a multi-layered data-protection strategy.


Microsoft upgrades Windows Storage Server

Adds iSCSI ‘boot from SAN’

Securing and protecting archival data

How do you secure data “at rest?” Step one: Don’t confuse archiving with backup.

The chain of data security

The chain runs from storage systems on the back-end to users on the front-end and requires a blending of security, storage, application, and database skills.

New Products

New Products

This month’s New Products section summarizes some of the announcements made at last month’s Storage Networking World (SNW) conference in San Diego.

Case Study

Why users are adopting IP Storage

Among the driving forces are storage consolidation, simplified data protection, affordable disaster recovery, and improved data management.


Why virtualization is like the neutron bomb

The big vendors want to wipe out the competition without wiping out their assets.

This Issue

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Volume 10
Issue issue-5
May 2006