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Business Briefs


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

News Analysis Trends

Brocade delivers on data-center strategy

<p>Brocade offered a sneak peek at its strategy for the future late last year and is now delivering products designed to be the foundation for a new generation of data centers.</p>

EMC ships entry-level Clariion

<p>EMC recently began shipments of a low-end Clariion disk array aimed at meeting the storage needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), but this time around EMC has a specific type of SMB customer in mind-VMware users.</p>

IBM buys start-up for fixed digital content

<p>IBM kicked off 2008 last month with news that it had acquired XIV, a privately held storage technology company based in Tel Aviv, Israel, that specializes in grid-based storage systems for fixed digital content.</p>

NetApp buys Onaro for SAN management

<p>Network Appliance has recently acquired Onaro, a privately owned company with software that provides an application-centric view into a SAN&rsquo;s access paths, redundancy, replication, and performance.</p>

Users extol iSCSI benefits, part 2

<p>The first article in our series of case studies on why users are embracing iSCSI-based IP SANs concentrated primarily on the benefits of iSCSI in virtual server environments.</p>

WAN optimization gaining ground

<p>Virtual private networks (VPNs) still reign supreme as the top technology for tying together the distributed enterprise, but as the number of mobile workers continues to skyrocket, WAN optimization and acceleration technologies are gaining ground in enterprise environments as a viable option for centralizing data management and speeding application access at the edge.</p>

Special Report

Data de-duplication: Questions and answers

<p>Eight questions that every IT organization should ask about data de-duplication before they deploy or upgrade.</p>

User survey: Data-protection trends

<p>An end-user survey shows strong interest in disk-based backup/recovery technologies such as VTLs, data de-duplication, and CDP.</p>


Disk drive market/technology/trends update

<p>Improvements continue in form factors, rotation speeds, interfaces, recording technology, energy consumption, and encryption.</p>

Case Study

Managing resource growth with storage virtualization

<p>Storage virtualization helps Purdue University manage storage complexity, facilitate change, and reduce costs.</p>

New Products


<p>Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer&rsquo;s guide for professionals.</p>

Esg Insight

Storage changes: Band-Aids and plastic surgery

<p>There is a natural tendency to look back at what changed during the past year and then make predictions for the forthcoming year.</p>


The Year of iSCSI (or, this is like d&eacute;j&agrave; vu all over again)

<p>The vendor, analyst, and trade press communities have been proclaiming The Year of iSCSI since about 2004.</p>

Lab Review

VTL delivers real performance with virtual reels

<p>Overland Storage&rsquo;s REO 9500D is a high-performance, data de-duplicating virtual tape library packaged as a fully configured appliance.</p>

This Issue

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Volume 12
Issue issue-2
February 2008