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News Analysis Trends

3PAR debuts ‘virtual domains’

3PAR recently announced Virtual Domains software for its InServ Storage Server platforms that lets administrators slice and dice physical arrays for secure, shared access to up to 2,000 virtual arrays per system.

Brocade unveils strategy for future fabrics

Prompted by the ongoing growth of data and the subsequent need for bigger and faster fabrics, Brocade has announced its vision for the future and revealed a new strategy and products designed to serve as the backbone for the data centers of tomorrow.

Dell-EqualLogic creates challenges

Dell is nearing completion of its acquisition of EqualLogic, which it described as “a leading provider of high-performance iSCSI SAN solutions uniquely optimized for virtualization.

File virtualization combats unstructured data growth

<p>Managing storage growth is a difficult task on the whole, but unstructured, file-based data is beginning to tax the management capabilities of current storage technologies, subsequently creating a need for more advanced ways to manage and move information in the data center.</p>

Hitachi extends thin provisioning to heterogeneous arrays

Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has expanded the capacity and features of its Universal Storage Platform (USP) V system with support for 750GB SATA drives and the extension of the system&rsquo;s thin-provisioning capabilities to external, heterogeneous storage arrays.

Intel, EMC team up on SOHO storage

More than a year after Intel struck a deal with EMC to bring entry-level storage systems to the small and medium-sized business (SMB) market, the companies are back with a new platform, but this time the vendors are targeting the smallest of small customers-the small office, home office (SOHO) and digital home markets.

Microsoft aims higher with DPM 2007

Microsoft&rsquo;s release of System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2007 has elevated the product into a new category by protecting data beyond just Windows file servers with expanded support for SQL Server, Exchange Server, and SharePoint Portal Server.

Sepaton launches enterprise VTL

Sepaton&rsquo;s recently announced S2100-ES2 Series 750 virtual tape library (VTL) features twice the throughput and more usable capacity than the company&rsquo;s existing high-end VTL and includes DeltaStor de-duplication software to let users store more data in less physical space.

Business Briefs


This section takes on late-breaking business and partnership news written for industry insiders.

Special Report

Cutting the costs of remote disaster recovery

Users are implementing technologies such as disk-based backup, data de-duplication, WDS, WAFS, WAN optimization, and low-cost, heterogeneous replication.


Dell-EqualLogic: It&rsquo;s all about virtualization

One of the cover stories in this issue delves deeply into the facts and speculation surrounding Dell?s impending acquisition of EqualLogic, but this deal is interesting (and was surprising) from so many angles that it begs for further speculation.

Snia On Storage

Evaluation criteria for data de-dupe

How does it work? What are the different implementation methods? And what are the key evaluation criteria?

Lab Review

Insight for managing storage as a service

Onaro&rsquo;s SANscreen Application Insight empowers IT to align a SAN for maximum application performance at the lowest cost by providing an automated solution for discovery, service monitoring, and capacity management analysis.

SANitize DAS to enhance virtual infrastructure

With LeftHand Networks&rsquo; Virtual Storage Appliance, administrators can leverage direct-attached storage to create an iSCSI SAN and put VMs in motion.

New Products


Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer?s guide for professionals.

Case Study

Reducing migration pains with virtualized tiers

Server/storage virtualization and a tiered storage architecture produced significant benefits for a large retailer.

This Issue

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Volume 11
Issue issue-12
December 2007