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Special Report

'Do more for less' with 6Gb/s SAS

<strong>In addition to a 2X speed improvement, 6Gb/s SAS has features such as zoning, self-discovering expanders, table-to-table routing, longer cable lengths, multiplexing, and improved diagnostics.</strong>

Business Briefs


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

New Analysis Trends

CNAs support 10GbE, iSCSI, FCoE

<strong>Emulex has made a number of product announcements focused on data center consolidation, including converged network adapter (CNA) cards that support 10Gbps Ethernet (10GbE) and iSCSI, as well as Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).</strong>

EMC adds de-dupe, SSDs to NAS

<strong>EMC has overhauled its family of Celerra NAS products to include four new systems that are based on the Clariion CX4 architecture, and support file system de-duplication, file-level retention and compliance capabilities, and solid-state disk (SSD) drives.</strong>

EMC automates VMware management

<strong>EMC's Smarts Server Manager is a new tool that identifies the locations of virtual machines, determines their relationships to other parts of the infrastructure, and automates root cause analysis in VMware environments.</strong>

Is tape dead yet?

<strong>My company has been backing up to tape for more than 20 years.</strong>

Pillar adds SSDs to disk arrays

<strong>Pillar Data Systems has announced a new set of solid-state disk (SSD) &quot;Bricks&quot; (Pillar's nomenclature for drive enclosures) for its Axiom arrays.</strong>

WAFS and WAN optimization/acceleration

<strong>The tumultuous economy is not slowing the growth of wide area file services (WAFS) and wide area network (WAN) optimization technologies, as vendors continue to flesh out management features and hope bandwidth consolidation efforts lead to more sales.</strong>

Who are the (perceived) market leaders?

<strong>The data in these charts is compiled from the IT Brand Pulse March 2009 Leader Surveys.</strong>


FCoE: The great convergence, or not?

<strong>The controversy over the emerging Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) standard is no longer one of FCoE vs. iSCSI (as it was about a year ago); it's now FCoE vs. the status quo. In other words, stick with two separate networks (Ethernet and Fibre Channel) or converge your fabrics into a unified infrastructure that handles all types of data.</strong>

New Products


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


SSDs vs. HDDs: Ten considerations

<strong>Choosing the ideal storage infrastructure will depend on your specific needs. How long you plan to store your data, and how fast you need to do it, are among key factors in determining whether a solid-state disk drive could be your solution.</strong>

Technology options for 'green' storage

<strong>Going green requires balancing performance, availability, capacity, and energy efficiency.</strong>

The great convergence: FCoE and Enhanced Ethernet

<strong>Ratification of the standard is expected this year, with mainstream adoption beginning next year. Here's why Fibre Channel over Ethernet makes sense for enterprise data centers.</strong>

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Volume 13
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April 2009