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News Analysis Trends

Attune enters file virtualization arena

Start-up Attune Systems has launched Maestro File Manager FM5500, a NAS virtualization or network file management (NFM) appliance that is designed to simplify and reduce the cost of managing heterogeneous file servers and file data resources.

Caringo launches software-based CAS

One of the inventors of content-addressed storage (CAS)-Paul Carpentier-is one of the founders of Caringo, a start-up with a software-based CAS product designed for fixed content.

EMC buys replication vendor

EMC made good on its recent promise to continue buying storage companies last month when the company announced it had purchased data replication software maker Kashya for approximately $153 million.

EMC revamps Clariion architecture

Supports 4Gbps FC drives

HDS adds disk-less controller

Hitachi Data Systems has begun shipments of a controller-only version of its Tagma-Store Network Storage Controller model NSC55, which allows midrange customers to take advantage of features such as virtualization without having to invest in more disk capacity.

HP launches ILM barrage

Bolstered by its recent acquisition of database archiving vendor OuterBay Technologies and by a new partnership with enterprise content management (ECM) specialist Open Text, Hewlett-Packard recently rolled out its largest collection of information lifecycle management (ILM) products and services to date.

LSI extends 4Gbps FC arrays

LSI Logic has added four new products to its Engenio division’s 4Gbps Fibre Channel line of modular storage systems.

NetApp aims at EMC, HP, HDS

Emphasizing increased productivity and lower cost of ownership more than “speeds and feeds,” Network Appliance last month introduced high-end hardware and services in an attempt to put a dent in the data-center armor of EMC, Hewlett-Packard, and Hitachi Data Systems.

Packeteer acquires Tacit

Packeteer, which specializes in WAN optimization, recently acquired Tacit Networks, a company that specializes in wide-area file services (WAFS) and WAN optimization.

Quantum acquires ADIC

Quantum is expected to complete its acquisition of rival tape library manufacturer Advanced Digital Information Corp.

SAS rollouts pick up steam

By now, all storage integrators and users are familiar with the benefits of the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface: It has better performance scalability than its parallel SCSI predecessor, it’s simpler to integrate and, perhaps most importantly, users and integrators can configure SAS systems with either SAS or Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives.

Scentric emerges from stealth mode

Start-up Scentric recently emerged from stealth mode and began production shipments of its first line of information and data management products under its flagship solution, Scentric Destiny.

Symantec integrates management suites

At its annual Vision conference for customers and partners last month, Symantec did not introduce many new storage products, but the company did announce the completion of an integration project that covers both existing and enhanced products.

Users shift storage purchasing priorities

According to a recent end-user survey by TheInfoPro (TIP) research firm, continued business growth is causing end users to tweak their storage buying plans to include more e-mail management and archiving software, capacity planning and forecasting tools, and technologies such as wide area file services (WAFS).

Business Briefs

Business Briefs

The SCSI Trade Association (STA), in conjunction with the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), recently completed the sixth Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) “plugfest,” which focused on large systems.

Features

CDP driven by recovery, compliance requirements

According to an end-user survey, IT managers are turning their attention toward continuous data protection.

eSATA drive interface scales beyond PCs

External SATA (eSATA) provides a number of advantages over PC drive interfaces such as USB and 1394a.

Information classification enables better management

Intelligent information management (IIM) tools allow companies to index, search, and locate information more quickly and accurately.

Tips on implementing Oracle 10g RAC

Clustered databases offer a variety of advantages, as well as choices and challenges.

Editorial

M&A heats up, but so do start-ups

Mergers and acquisitions have hit the storage industry at a fairly steady pace over the last couple of years, but the action in the first half of this year suggests that the pace may be picking up.

New Products

New Products

Implementing 500GB SATA drives, Copan has doubled the capacity of its Revolution 220 series of virtual tape and archiving subsystems, which are based on a massive array of idle disks (MAID) architecture.

Snia On Storage

SNIA’s XAM addresses CAS standards

The eXtensible Access Method (XAM) provides an API for content aware storage (CAS) platforms.

Analyst View

VTLs offer opportunities and challenges

Here are a few issues to consider before you implement virtual tape libraries (VTLs).

Special Report

What are the SAN requirements for SMBs?

Low cost and ease of use are driving small to medium-sized businesses toward iSCSI-based IP SANs.

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Volume 10
Issue issue-6
June 2006