Table of Contents

Features

Automating information lifecycle management (ILM)

Areas to focus on include data classification, auditing and tracking, decision-making, and moving and copying.

Is server virtualization the ‘killer app’ for 10GbE?

The transition to 10Gbps Ethernet will enable IT organizations to realize the full potential of virtualization.

Storage management fundamentals

Storage management can loosely be divided into categories such as SRM, SAN management, data management or HSM, and ILM.

User survey reveals ILM reality

IT professionals have varying views on what information lifecycle management is, and what benefits (and drawbacks) it brings.

Business Briefs

Business Briefs

EMC recently acquired Newton, MA-based ProActivity Software Solutions Ltd., a privately held provider of content management software for business process management (BPM).

Analyst View

Data reduction, VTLs, CDP drive NGDP

Technologies such as data reduction, virtual tape libraries (VTLs), and continuous data protection (CDP) are fueling the trend toward next-generation data protection (NGDP).

News Analysis Trends

Enterprise search meets data archiving

The continued rise of information lifecycle management (ILM) and data retention requirements handed down from the folks in Washington have served as a catalyst for the crossbreeding of enterprise IT technologies-namely, a steady stream of enterprise search companies partnering with storage vendors to help classify, index, and retrieve archived information.

Evaluating data encryption options

In May, the names and Social Security numbers of 26.5 million US veterans were stolen from a Veterans Affairs’ data analyst when his home computer was snatched during a burglary.

Hitachi’s CAS takes on EMC’s Centera

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) last month announced a content addressed storage (CAS) solution designed to compete directly with EMC’s Centera CAS platform.

HP VTLs aimed at SMBs

Hewlett-Packard recently began shipments of virtual tape libraries (VTLs) and a range of data-protection hardware and software products aimed at the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market.

IBM upgrades virtualization platform

IBM last month rolled out the fourth version of its flagship storage virtualization platform.

Intel reinvests in networked storage

Intel’s presence in the data storage industry has always been an enigma. The chipmaker has dabbled in the development of storage technologies here and there with an eye toward improving its own processors, but the company has often been content to sit on the sidelines while the storage vendors play the game.

Lack of apps hinders intelligent switching

Intelligent switches have long been the harbinger of a new wave of storage management applications, and the idea of putting applications such as virtualization, replication, and data migration in the fabric has been generally accepted by the industry as the smart way to go.

NetApp launches HPC OS

When Network Appliance acquired Spinnaker Networks in late 2003 it had plans to merge its own Data ONTAP operating platform with the global namespace and clustering capabilities of Spinnaker’s SpinFS software.

Sepaton de-dupes data

Sepaton is continuing its quest to make disk-based backup cost- competitive with traditional tape libraries with the introduction of its DeltaStor software for the company’s S2100-ES2 Virtual Tape Library (VTL) appliance.

Editorial

From SANs to FANs

The creative thinkers at the Taneja Group research and consulting firm may have outdone themselves recently with the creation of their latest acronym-FAN, or file area network.

Special Report

Making the transition to SATA, SAS

One of the key advantages of Serial ATA (SATA) and Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is that they were designed to work together.

New Products

New Products

Dell recently began shipping new disk, tape, and storage management solutions in addition to introducing the ninth generation of its PowerEdge servers.

Snia On Storage

Storage implications of 10GbE

10Gbps Ethernet isn’t required for NAS and iSCSI-based IP SANs, but adoption of the high-speed networking technology may spur further adoption of-and applications for-those storage technologies.

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Volume 10
Issue issue-7
July 2006