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News Analysis Trends

Alacritech accelerates TCP/IP storage

Start-up veteran Larry Boucher (founder of companies such as Adaptec and Auspex) has launched a new company called Alacritech

Drive manufacturers boost capacity, data rates

At last week's Comdex show, hard-disk-drive manufacturers demonstrated the latest improvements in drive technologies


A conversation with Doug Fiero, EMC's manager of enterprise storage networks

Fibre Channel vendors eye 10Gbps

With a goal of keeping up with throughput advances in the Ethernet market, Fibre Channel vendors are drawing up a roadmap for 10Gbps speeds

IBM enters storage outsourcing arena

IBM's Global Services division recently announced that it was entering the "hosted and managed storage services" game with a wide range of on-demand storage and storage management services

Maxtor/Quantum merger signals consolidation

The upcoming merger of Maxtor and Quantum's hard disk drive (HDD) division early next year portends a growing trend toward greater consolidation in the storage industry-a trend dictated by razor-thin margins and intense competition

Microsoft supports HDS/McData SAN

At the recent Microsoft Enterprise 2000 conference, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), McData, and Microsoft announced a "Trusted Solution Platform" designed to overcome a litany

Prisa refocuses on SAN software

Next month, Prisa Networks hopes to complete a company turnaround by shipping the first module in its storage area network (SAN) management software suite

Quantum answers LTO with SDLT

Drive lacks backward compatibility

Tivoli eases SAN management

This month, Tivoli Systems began shipments of its Storage Network Manager v1.1 software, which is designed to simplify the deployment and management of heterogeneous storage area networks (SANs)


Building better backup systems with SANs

Storage area network backup will take place in three stages: LAN-free, integrated media and devices, and server-less backup.

Making the move to 2Gbps Fibre Channel

Fibre Channel devices operating at 2Gbps are shipping, and adoption is expected next year.

Managing heterogeneous storage networks

SAN management software promises to simplify the administration and management of storage networks.

SAN infrastructure: A strategic business decision

When designing a storage area network, be sure to plan for future requirements as well as current needs.

The case for network storage appliances

Potential benefits include centralized management, data protection, and support for heterogeneous platforms.

Three approaches to storage virtualization

There are three main methods to virtualize storage, each with advantages and disadvantages.

Business Briefs

Business Briefs

<b>Compaq </b>has selected <b>QLogic</b>'s GEM359 enclosure management controller chip for its servers and storage systems.

Special Report

Fibre Channel HBAs, hubs, and switches

An excerpt from the 2000 Storage Area Network Report provides market and technology details on key Fibre Channel components.


Focus on Fibre Channel

The following Q&A was excerpted from an online chat session hosted by, a Web-based search engine site for storage-related articles and information (

SSPs and storage outsourcing

The following Q&A session was excerpted from an online chat session hosted by, a Web-based search engine site for storage-related articles and information


In this issue: Spotlight on SANs

Although the rate of adoption of storage area networks at the end-user level is difficult to gauge, SANs represent the most exciting-yet daunting-architectural challenge since storage started migrating from mainframes to open systems.

New Products

New Products

Allowing users to support both SAN (block-level) and NAS (file-level services) operations in a single disk array, TrueSAN Networks' Paladin Storage Network System provides up to 50TB

Analysts View

Start your metadata engines!

In the lingua franca of storage area networking, server-less backup is the "killer app," but coordinated, concurrent data sharing is the "Holy Grail."

Lab Review

Testing HP's SureStore NetStorage 6000 NAS

OpenBench Labs goes under the hood of Hewlett-Packard's NAS server, unveiling some interesting performance results.

This Issue

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Volume 4
Issue issue-11
November 2000