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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.
When InfoStor examined the pros and cons of content-addressed storage (CAS) technology one year ago, users were singing the praises of CAS platforms and their ability to securely store and retrieve unaltered data for long periods of time.
Snia On Storage
Business continuity is</b> consistently ranked among the top IT initiatives, according to end-user surveys. As a result, continuous data protection (CDP) as a function of business continuity is a growing market segment. Server consolidation, increased corporate governance, and system and application are also fueling interest in CDP as a complement, or alternative, to traditional data-protection technologies, such as backup and snapshots.
When we profiled data-classification practices one year ago, we found many storage professionals using data-classification products to discover what the heck was taking up so much space on their G: drives.
The equipment that IT puts into data centers today is stressing powerand cooling systems in a way that was not fathomed when most data centers were built years ago.
Data storage is a key element in the digital transformation of content creation, editing, distribution, and reception. Digitalization of content enables that content to be made readily available in the various formats required for traditional distribution markets, as well as for developing markets such as IPTV.
With the ever-decreasing cost of primary storage, why bother purging data? The status quo is to do nothing. Most legacy applications have never purged data, and new applications are rarely designed to accommodate purging.
News Analysis Trends
Gresham Enterprise Storage, the storage arm of UK-based software and services company Gresham LLC, recently announced a new virtual tape library (VTL) product with built-in monitoring and statistical analysis features, marking the firm’s first foray into the North American storage market.
Hewlett-Packard continues to roll out new storage systems for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with the latest addition to its family of All-in-One (AiO) disk arrays-the StorageWorks AiO1200.
Sun Microsystems has announced that it is handing some of its storage technologies over for free to the storage developers within the OpenSolaris community in the hopes that users and developers will combine the open source Solaris operating system with industry standard hardware to create commodity storage products.
Even as organizations become more dependent on e-mail to run their businesses, many don’t dedicate enough staff or technology to prevent downtime, according to a recent King Research survey.
Disaster preparedness has raced to the top of the IT to-do list for many large companies since 2001, and as companies move more data between multiple locations, the cost and latency issues inherent in wide area network (WAN) connectivity have become a thorn in the side of many business continuity (BC) and disaster-recovery (DR) planners.
An interesting-albeit predictable-dynamic is taking place in the storage market: The number of start-ups are dwindling rapidly, while the number of acquisitions are skyrocketing.
As always, the main trend in the tape market is the inexorable march toward higher capacity and faster transfer rates, a trend exemplified by the imminent arrival of LTO-4 tape drives, libraries, and media.