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QLogic’s 4Gbps SANbox 5600 Series Fibre Channel stackable switches are now available directly from Sun Microsystems and authorized Sun distributors.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Storage resource management (SRM) tools were fairly limited when they hit the scene in the open systems world a few years ago.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
VTLs can form the foundation of a multi-layered data-protection strategy.
Adds iSCSI ‘boot from SAN’
How do you secure data “at rest?” Step one: Don’t confuse archiving with backup.
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.
This month’s New Products section summarizes some of the announcements made at last month’s Storage Networking World (SNW) conference in San Diego.
Among the driving forces are storage consolidation, simplified data protection, affordable disaster recovery, and improved data management.
The big vendors want to wipe out the competition without wiping out their assets.