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News Analysis Trends

Cisco ships entry-level 4Gbps switch

Cisco is taking a crack at the small and medium-sized business (SMB) SAN market with the launch of a new entry-level, 4Gbps fabric switch as part of its MDS family of storage networking products.

Dell, Microsoft launch ‘unified storage’ array

Dell and Microsoft have joined forces to debut the first integrated hardware and software system based on Microsoft’s Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003, the latest addition to Microsoft’s family of storage-specific operating systems.

Diogenes delivers SRM alternative

“Traditional SRM hasn’t taken off particularly well because it’s difficult to implement, complicated, and costly-in many cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars-and there’s a long learning curve,” says Phil Goodwin, president of Diogenes Analytical Labs.

HDS teams with BlueArc for NAS

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced last month that it had inked a multi-faceted deal with NAS vendor BlueArc to secure a foothold in the high-performance computing (HPC) storage market.

NetApp cuts cost of managing unstructured data

Network Appliance is getting into the search and content services game in an effort to help users rein in the costs associated with managing and storing unstructured data.

Quantum rolls out D2D de-duplication

Just a few months after completing the acquisition of rival ADIC, Quantum has rolled out a new family of disk-based backup and replication appliances with more horsepower, memory, and software features than previous systems, as well as the added benefit of data de-duplication technology.

Symantec encrypts at the media server

Symantec added another level of encryption this month with the introduction of Veritas NetBackup Media Server Encryption Option (MSEO).


Data classification is the foundation for ILM, IIM

Data classification goes beyond storage-based information lifecycle management (ILM) into intelligent information management (IIM).

Replication: The next step in BC planning

With new replication technologies, business continuity doesn’t have to be a costly and complex endeavor.

Storage virtualization becoming a reality

It’s been a long time coming, but there are now plenty of viable virtualization products, and early adopters of the technology can attest to the benefits.

Snia On Storage

High-end management, low-cost SANs

IP SANs based on the iSCSI protocol enable easy migration from DAS, and even entry-level iSCSI arrays have sophisticated management tools.

Reader Expert I O

How ILM-and not HSM-improves backups

What is the best way to integrate ILM so that my backups run more efficiently?

Case Studies

How users address compliance, part 2

IT managers presently view compliance as just one piece of the storage puzzle they face, which includes mounting storage costs, double-digit annual data growth, a quest for more-efficient operations management, and their organization’s efforts to successfully back up and recover critical data according to pre-defined service levels.

Why SMBs are embracing iSCSI, part 1

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are adopting iSCSI SANs for many different reasons.

Special Report

SAS: The new kid on the I/O block

With the recent addition of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS), end users and systems/storage integrators have a wide array of choices in enterprise-level disk drives and host connections.

Focus On

Tips for e-mail management and archiving, part 1

Although managing e-mail has become a major headache for storage administrators, who might have an overwhelming urge to delete entire mailboxes, a variety of products are available to make e-mail more manageable through technologies such as classification, de-duplication, and archiving.


What’s ‘hot’ . . . according to you

We regularly report on the results of end-user surveys from research outfits such as TheInfoPro, and one of the more interesting parts of those surveys is where users rank various technologies in terms of what’s hot, and what’s not.

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Volume 11
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January 2007