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Addressing SAN security issues

Security breaches pose a threat to storage area network data, but there are a number of steps that IT managers can take to ward off potential problems.

Distributed intelligence: Requirements and goals

A new class of intelligent storage subsystems is emerging, putting focus on data sharing and file systems

Ultra160 SCSI boosts performance, reliability

Key features include double-edged clocking, cyclical redundancy checking (CRC), and domain validation.

News Analysis Trends

And the winners are . . .

At the recent I/O Technologies Forum and Server I/O conference, Compaq's Richard Lary received the Lifetime Achievement Award based on his contributions to I/O technology development

Business Briefs

McData and Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) entered into a worldwide reseller agreement under which McData will supply ED-5000 Fibre Channel Directors for HDS Freedom 7700E and 5800 storage subsystems

CA to buy Sterling

Computer Associates (CA) last month announced its intention to acquire Sterling Software in a stock swap valued at approximately $4 billion

CNT enables SRDF over IP

In a continuing effort to bring storage networking to wide area networks, Computer Network Technology (CNT) last month introduced technology that allows EMC's Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF) data mirroring software to operate over IP-based networks

Compaq lays out SAN software strategy

This month, Compaq began shipping SANworks Resource Manager and SANworks Resource Manager for Ex-change, the first two software suites introduced under a newly formed software division aimed at delivering heterogeneous storage area network (SAN) management

EMC partners with Microsoft

Hoping to boost data reliability and availability in Windows 2000 environments, and to gain credibility for the new operating system in data centers, Microsoft has entered into a relationship with EMC and its Data General division.

InfiniBand to go beyond server I/O

All of the hoopla surrounding the next-generation I/O interface, now called InfiniBand, has created controversy and confusion over how the interconnect will eventually be used. The spec, which is due in the next quarter, is promoted primarily by Intel and is backed by vendors such as Compaq, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Sun, and more recently Cisco

Legato begins online SAN training

Last month, Legato Systems became the first software provider to offer free, product-independent storage area network (SAN) training sessions via the Internet.

McData expands SAN support

Last month, McData introduced the FabricReady Partner program and a new FabricPak Solution, with the goal of accelerating adoption of storage area networks (SANs). Known for its data-center-class Fibre Channel Dir-ectors and switches, the company says these announcements tie in with its long-term plans to compete in the NT consolidation market

SNI receives additional financing

Centripetal to enter SSP arena

SNIA launches NAS working group

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) last month announced the formation of a network-attached storage (NAS) working group in an effort to standardize technology and terminology

Storage highlights NAB show

Each year, more and more storage vendors use the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show to highlight their wares, and this year is no exception, in part because of the broad acceptance of Fibre Channel in the video and entertainment markets. NAB2000 will take place April 8-13 in Las Vegas

Vendors push SAN-based NAS backup

The proverbial thud being heard throughout IT shops is the sound of a closing backup window. In response, a six-vendor alliance has announced a bundled architecture to provide storage area network (SAN)-based, LAN-free backup configurations for Network Appliance's network-attached storage (NAS) "filers."

Windows 2000 storage-part 2

W2K file system lays storage foundation

New Products


There's been a flurry of activity in the high-end disk array market recently. While Sun attacked EMC and IBM hustled to correct performance problems on its Enterprise Storage Server ("Shark")

Special Report

Server-less backup to take center stage

The technology is evolving slowly, but the benefits take you one step beyond LAN-free backup.

Analysts View

Storage is the key to NT consolidation

Last year, Microsoft shipped about two million copies of NT Server, up 25% from 1998. This meteoric growth is expected to continue in 2000, despite the availability of Windows 2000 and the increasing popularity of Linux.


Views on NAS, SAN markets

For several years now, we've been hearing about how SAN technology will revolutionize the IT world. In contrast, NAS hasn't been anywhere near as hyped; nonetheless


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Volume 4
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March 2000