Table of Contents


A realistic view of IP-based SANs

A number of storage-over-IP initiatives exist, but tall technology hurdles remain.

From server appliances to cluster appliances

Cluster appliances are expected to emerge with a number of approaches, ranging from shared-nothing architectures to shared-everything configurations.

Inside the Fibre Channel MIB

The MIB enables users to manage Fibre Channel components in heterogeneous storage area networks.

Making Windows 2000 I/O more robust

Particularly in Fibre Channel environments, one solution is alternate path software, which provides multiple-path management and load balancing.

Special Report

ATA Goes Beyond the Desktop

Once viewed as strictly a desktop or mobile play, parallel IDE-specifically, Ultra ATA/100-has been making great strides in traditional high-end SCSI markets

Lab Review

Backup with BRU and Mammoth-2

OpenBench Labs fires up EST's Backup and Restore Utility for a Linux-based backup test.

Business Briefs


<b>Nishan Systems</b>-one of the pioneers of Storage over IP (SoIP)-last month received an additional $50 million in venture capital, bringing total funding to some $90 million

News Analysis Trends

Connex simplifies SAN management

Last month, Connex released version 1.0 of its SANavigator software, which is designed for managing heterogeneous storage area networks (SANs)

IBM, Compaq begin joint product rollouts

IBM recently announced the first product rollout associated with its strategic agreement with Compaq. Based on Compaq's Storage Works Modular Array 8000, IBM's Modular Storage Server (MSS) is a high-end disk array

IEEE approves first storage standards

The IEEE Computer Society recently passed its first storage systems standards. Approved were four standards describing key components of the IEEE Media Management System (MMS), including its architecture, data model, and protocols for media, drive, and library management

NetConvergence eyes IP SANs

NetConvergence recently became one of the more vocal proponents of IP-centric storage area networks (SANs), hoping to establish a quick lead in the emerging IP storage field

Nishan readies SoIP switches

In May, startup Nishan Systems promised to ship "Storage over IP" (SoIP) products by year-end, and the company may actually beat that deadline by delivering IP storage switches as early as next month

SSP players proliferate-market to explode

New storage service providers (SSPs) are popping up on almost a weekly basis. Although the market for SSPs, also known as storage outsourcers or storage utilities, is still unproven, industry analysts predict huge growth

Vicom enters SAN virtualization market

Vicom Systems, a San Jose-based developer of storage area network (SAN) routers for use with SSA, SCSI, and Fibre Channel systems (10,000+ systems in the field), has announced some major expansions to its product line

Case Study

Dot.com company opts for storage outsourcing

TeVeo Inc. turned to Intira for outsourcing services that include demanding storage requirements.

Geophysicists use NAS to lift productivity 70%

Network-attached storage benefits include improved performance, faster access times, and file sharing.


Happy Anniversary, InfoStor!

This issue marks three-year anniversary. Our growth has paralleled the explosive growth in the storage industry, which has been fueled by a number of exciting trends.

Analysts View

Q&A: SSPs and storage outsourcing

The following Q&A session was excerpted from an online chat session with David Hill, research director, Aberdeen Group. The session was hosted by searchstorage.com, a Web-based search engine site for storage-related articles and information

New Products

Quantum, Maxtor spar in low-end NAS market

The low-end (workgroup) network-attached storage (NAS) market may be bordering on commodity status, but that doesn't mean the price-capacity-performance wars are letting up


The case for "storage assurance providers"

Storage services providers are embracing different models for delivery.

Top 10 requirements for tomorrow's storage systems

The focus will be on availability, manageability, application integration, and heterogeneous interoperability.

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Volume 4
Issue issue-10
October 2000