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New Analysis Trends

3PAR ships quad-controller array

<font size="2">3PAR has added two systems to its midrange family of storage arrays, including a quad-controller Fibre Channel system priced for midrange environments.</font>

Brocade debuts FCoE switches, CNAs

<font size="2">Brocade fired the latest shot in the battle for the converged networking market last month with the announcement of a Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Converged Enhanced Ethernet (CEE) switch and an accompanying set of converged network adapters (CNAs).</font>

Cisco unveils Unified Computing System

<font size="2">Cisco has put a new twist on next-generation data centers with the debut of the Unified Computing System (UCS), which combines compute, network, storage access, and virtualization resources in a single system based on a new line of blade servers.</font>

Dell overhauls iSCSI SANs

Dell has transitioned to a new series of EqualLogic iSCSI SANs with faster processors, more cache, additional Ethernet ports, and support for solid-state disk (SSD) drives.

EMC overhauls Symmetrix architecture

<font size="2">EMC last month unveiled a new high-end storage architecture and Symmetrix systems that blow away the current line of Symmetrix DMX-4 arrays in terms of performance, scale and automated management in virtualized data centers.</font>

FalconStor accelerates VTL backups

<font size="2">At the Storage Networking World conference in Orlando last month, FalconStor Software announced an option for its popular Virtual Tape Library (VTL) platform that promises to accelerate backups and eliminate the backup window.</font>

QLogic delivers single-chip CNAs

<font size="2">QLogic is shipping to OEMs and its channel partners the second generation of its converged network adapters (CNAs), which support the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) protocol.</font>

Virtual servers and storage

<font size="2">Are the virtual server and disaster recovery/business continuance management roles mutually exclusive?</font>

Who are the (perceived) leaders?

<font size="2">The data in these charts is compiled from the IT Brand Pulse April 2009 Leader Surveys.</font>

Business Briefs

Business Briefs

<font size="2">This section takes on late-breaking business and partnership news written for industry insiders.</font>

New Product

New Products

<font size="2">Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer&rsquo;s guide for professionals.</font>

Lab Review

SAN clarity in a virtual cloud

<font size="2">As the number of virtual servers sharing the physical FC HBA ports of a VOE server increase, SAN fan-out is no longer just a switch issue: It becomes a server HBA issue that mandates management of SAN infrastructure from switches to HBAs.</font>

SNIA On Storage

Sorting out SSD strengths and weaknesses

<font size="2">There are many options available for solid-state disk (SSD) drives, and a number of organizations &ndash; including SNIA &ndash; are working on standards that will facilitate the evaluation process.</font>


Storage tiers create benefits, challenges

<font size="2">A shift towards efficiency is raising the demand for more cost-effective ways to store file-based data without creating additional complexity.</font>


Virtual servers create storage challenges

<font size="2">Server virtualization is arguably the hottest trend in the IT arena, but users are rapidly finding out that virtualization can create as much complexity as it does consolidation, particularly in storage. </font>

Special Report

Why you need virtual infrastructure optimization

<font size="2">VIO provides critical insight and management for virtual server, storage, network and application environments.</font>

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Volume 13
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May 2009