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News Analysis Trends

2006: A year of acquisitions

Looking back, last year was marked by a relatively large number of mergers and acquisitions.

Brocade scoops up Silverback

Continuing its slow but steady move into the iSCSI market, Fibre Channel stalwart Brocade last month acquired privately held Silverback Systems for an undisclosed amount of cash.

Grassroots group addresses data protection

A new storage industry group is asking that smaller companies resolve to educate themselves about the risks of data loss and their options for data protection.

Seagate acquires EVault

In an effort to expand its storage services offerings, Seagate Technology is acquiring privately held online backup-and-recovery services provider EVault for approximately $185 million in cash.

Start-up manages apps, servers, storage

Software start-up Akorri officially came on the scene last month with the launch of both the company and a new infrastructure management and monitoring tool aimed at tying applications, server, and storage management together for better control of IT environments.

Symantec ships Storage Foundation for Windows

Symantec has taken another step on the path toward integrating all of its software management suites under one umbrella-this time in the Windows world-with the launch of the latest version of its Storage Foundation management product.

Lab Review

Array combines virtualization, SATA II, iSCSI

In terms of storage market buzz, virtualization remains at center stage. Managing logical devices, which have no physical constraints, is much simpler and thereby incurs dramatically lower overhead costs.

Editorial

Backup is getting exciting, really

For years-decades, actually-backup has been one of the most boring topics in the storage industry.

Departments

Business Briefs

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

New Products

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

Special Report

Disk-based data protection: Trends and forecasts

According to interviews with enterprise end users, data growth, coupled with shrinking backup windows, is the main driver behind adoption of disk-based data protection.

NGDP forecast: CDT, WDS, VTL, COS

A wave of new technologies has emerged over the past few years that collectively-despite being over-hyped in some instances-appear to be poised to change how users architect their data-protection strategies.

Focus On

Focus on: SATA product roundup

The Serial ATA (SATA) disk drive/array interface continues to take the industry by storm due to low cost and high capacity (up to 750GB per drive).

Tips for e-mail management and archiving, part 2

Brian Babineau, an analyst with the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) research and consulting firm, sees two reasons why companies archive their e-mail.

Analyst View

The case for Service Oriented Storage (SOS)

To date, storage virtualization has been a “promised land.” A number of vendors offer storage virtualization engines packaged in different wrappers.

VTLs and Symantec’s OpenStorage API

The dust has settled over</b> Symantec&rsquo;s decision to provide third-party vendor access to NetBackup&rsquo;s application programming interface (API), and the virtual tape library (VTL) market appears no worse for wear despite forebodings in the press of its impending demise (this publication excluded).

Features

User survey: ILM and data classification

In the screening survey portion of Peripheral Concepts&rsquo; recent end-user survey on information lifecycle management (ILM), which had more than 4,000 respondents, about one-third of the IT managers weren&rsquo;t sure what the term meant, and 18% knew what ILM was but didn&rsquo;t know if their company had implemented it.

Reader Expert I O

VTLs: Assess before you commit

A virtual tape library (VTL) is one way that disk can be integrated into a backup system.

Case Studies

Why SMBs are embracing iSCSI SANs, part 2

When it comes to networked storage, total cost sits atop the list of buying criteria for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), followed closely by simplicity, product support, and, in some cases, the physical size of the solution, as shown in the following case studies.

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Volume 11
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February 2007