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Data de-duplication specialist Data Domain’s successful IPO last month was a clear signal that this technology has hit the big time.
News Analysis Trends
This month, Brocade marked its entry into the Fibre Channel host bus adapter (HBA) market with shipments of re-branded adapters from LSI, putting the company in direct competition with market leaders Emulex and QLogic (which combined, have a market share of more than 80%).
Brocade is making good on its post-McData acquisition product road map with the launch of nearly a dozen enhancements to its SAN and file area network (FAN) offerings, all while tightening interoperability between the companies’ respective products and attempting to shed its reputation as a block-level-only storage company.
Israeli start-up Continuity Software has set up shop in the U.S.
EMC recently rolled out a pair of large, Symmetrix-based virtual tape systems and several new software upgrades for data de-duplication, backup, and archiving.
Hitachi Data Systems has unveiled a new version of its Content Archive Platform with a slew of enhanced features in replication, security, de-duplication, and compression, but the selling point could potentially be the sheer size of the system.
Disk, tape, data movement: It doesn’t matter. Symantec wants to unify the management of all things backup.
In the context of server virtualization and storage, end users and vendors agree: Separate the storage from the server.
Start-up Pivot3 recently made its presence known with a new approach toward cost-effective network storage.
Storage systems are major offenders when it comes to power consumption in the data center, but in the quest for energy-efficient technology the focus, at least so far, has been primarily on microprocessors and servers.
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.
Snia On Storage
<b>Depending on whom</b> you talk to, information lifecycle management (ILM) is nothing more than “tiered storage,” or, a new term for hierarchical storage management (HSM), or, a new way of classifying content for corporate or regulatory governance, or, something entirely different.
Despite all the marketing talk about “intelligence” in the storage network, we still have a long way to go.
<i>Part 1 in this series of articles (see June 2007, p. 31) focused on what SRM tools are</i> good for-and where improvements are required.
Protecting personal and private customer or employee data has become something of a national crusade these days. Unfortunately, so has the need to publicly expose any company that fails to adequately protect the sensitive data under its care.
For the first time, overall revenues and unit shipments of tape libraries declined in 2006. Total revenue was down 15.6% (to $1.81 billion) relative to 2005, and unit shipments declined 4.5% (to 57,668 units).