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Brocade’s announcement last month that it will acquire archenemy McData (for an eyebrow-raising $713 million) didn’t come as much of a surprise (except to those expecting Cisco to beat Brocade to the punch), but it did create a lot of questions.
News Analysis Trends
Brocade made a bold move last month and narrowed the playing field in the storage networking market when the company announced its plans to acquire chief rival McData.
When disk-to-disk (D2D) backup first became part of the storage industry lexicon, a portion of intrepid users volunteered to put the first wave of disk-based backup products through its paces.
Hewlett-Packard was expected to re-double its efforts in the small to medium-sized business (SMB) storage market this month with shipments of a new line of hybrid arrays that promise block-based (SAN) and file-based (NAS) storage with integrated data protection in one box.
Continuous data protection (CDP) technology was arguably the most hyped storage software innovation of 2005, but once reality set in, CDP quickly went from being a must-have product to something enterprise users expect to be offered as a standard feature of any backup/recovery product.
IBM is making a bid for a piece of the enterprise content management (ECM) pie with the acquisition of FileNet, a publicly held company based in Costa Mesa, CA, for approximately $1.
Pillar Data Systems is adding a new set of management features to its software suite to provide better management for its “all-in-one” SAN and NAS tiered storage systems, including support for virtual tape, a new continuous data protection (CDP) option, and secure write-once, read-many (WORM) technology.
Wide area file services (WAFS) technology is evolving. Once known simply for speeding up file access at remote locations and improving bandwidth utilization over WANs, WAFS products are now being wrapped with applications and tools such as data de-duplication and virtualization to become the foundation for a new approach to moving, protecting, and sharing data over distances.
Ibrix’s Fusion software is now available through the EMC Select Program. The program provides EMC customers with single-source access to products for building end-to-end ILM solutions.
Snia On Storage
Common management of multi-vendor environments and agent-less management are two of the benefits of the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S).
IBM completed fitting its midrange storage systems with 4Gbps Fibre Channel connectivity last month with the launch of a new entry-level array and a round of hardware and software upgrades for its System Storage DS4000 family of disk arrays.
Storage resource management (SRM) has evolved well beyond quota management and now includes functions such as SAN management.
Storage In The Studio
Studios can benefit from relatively new technologies such as SATA and SAS disk drives, as well as network interfaces such as 4Gbps Fibre Channel and InfiniBand.
Studios such as Pixar, The Orphanage, DNA, and Tweak Films leveraged a variety of new storage technologies to meet the high-end requirements of recent feature films and animation projects.
A partial list of potential benefits includes improved service levels, a reduction in management complexity, and improved utilization of storage assets.
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Q: How is CDP (continuous data protection) different from traditional host-based replication software?