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This section takes on late-breaking business and partnership news written for industry insiders.
Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer’s guide for professionals.
News Analysis Trends
Cisco last month announced an agreement to acquire privately held NeoPath Networks, a maker of file storage management software and appliances.
At the CeBIT show in Hannover, Germany, last month, Emulex introduced the first systems-level products resulting from its acquisition of Aarohi last year.
When the analysts at the Taneja Group research/consulting firm coined the acronym file area network (FAN) last year, the firm was attempting to classify an emerging amalgam of various networking, storage, and software technologies that, when used together, offer significant improvements in data access and management across geographically dispersed locations.
Hewlett-Packard has extended its plans in the NAS market with the acquisition of OEM partner and clustered file system vendor PolyServe.
Iron Mountain Digital recently launched a new digital service dubbed Total Email Management Suite.
Recognizing that “true” continuous data protection (CDP) can sometimes be overkill, Mendocino Software has added a “near-CDP” option to its InfiniView software.
Network Appliance last month added new models to its midrange FAS (stand-alone) and V (virtualization) series of “unified storage” disk arrays.
Snia On Storage
Data centers have become extremely complex. New technologies, fast growth, acquisitions, the online data explosion, and increased security concerns have driven complexity up and utilization rates down.
The next generation of the LTO tape format will double the capacity to 800GB and increase the data-transfer rate to 120MBps.
Some continuous data protection (CDP) products emphasize data protection and others emphasize business continuity, but it’s not an either/or purchasing decision.
Continuous data protection used to be only for very large enterprises with very large budgets and extremely stringent requirements in terms of recovery time objectives (RTOs) and recovery point objectives (RPOs).
Now that affordable implementations of continuous data protection (CDP) are available, SMBs can take advantage of technology that was once available only to larger enterprises with big IT budgets.
Adoption of continuous data protection is rising rapidly, and CDP is not used just for data-protection applications.
The marketing onslaught behind block-level virtualization technologies that besieged the storage industry five years ago has yet to be matched.