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News Analysis Trends

12x CD opens up new applications

The recent addition of 12x recording speeds to CD-R media and CD-RW drives is expected to generate new choices for end users and OEMs not satisfied with previous transfer rates

@Backup changes name, expands focus

Last month, Web-based backup storage provider @Backup changed its name to SkyDesk, reflecting the company's plan to broaden its product and market scopes. As its first order of business, SkyDesk introduced virtual storage services tailored toward workgroups and departments


Breece Hill Technologies has announced support for Quantum's Super DLTtape technology.

Fibre Channel comes to tape

Although integral components of storage area networks (SANs), until recently tape drives have relied on brid-ges or routers to perform necessary SCSI to Fibre Channel conversion

Fibre Channel comes to tape Exabyte, STK announce "native" FC drives

Although integral components of storage area networks (SANs), until recently tape drives have relied on bridges or routers to perform necessary SCSI to Fibre Channel conversion

Gadzoox acquires SmartSAN

Last month, Gadzoox Networks acquired SmartSAN Systems, a privately held vendor of multi-protocol routers and management software. Gadzoox hopes in part to differentiate itself from its hub and switch competitors, such as Ancor, Brocade, and Vixel

Hall-Mark forms storage unit, recruits VARs

Distributor Hall-Mark Global Solu-tions has announced plans to build a storage-centric VAR network focused on providing storage area network (SAN) products.

HP enters midrange NAS market

Late last month, Hewlett-Packard an-nounced the NetStorage 6000, a department-level network-attached storage (NAS) device that could fill a significant gap between entry-level (sub-$10,000) and high-end NAS devices.

HP pushes storage-on-demand

This month, Hewlett-Packard expanded its on-demand storage services and announced software upgrades for its SureStore E Disk Array XP256.

Hub and switch shipments surge IDC predicts 92% CAGR

Last year, a number of factors-including Y2K concerns and lack of interoperability between Fibre Channel components- hobbled end-user adoption of storage area networks (SANs)

OSTA approves MultiRead 2 spec

Last month, members of the Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) ratified an updated MultiRead specification, extending guidelines for compatibility between drives and media for CD, DVD-ROM and DVD-RAM formats.

Users, vendors seek SAN training

As storage area networks (SANs) become more mainstream, an increasing number of end users, integrators, and even vendors are seeking help to better understand the involved technologies


Calculating SAN return on investment

An analysis of the financial benefits of implementing storage area networks.

Extended virtual tape optimizes HSM

Outboard storage management techniques can eliminate some of the drawbacks of hierarchical storage management.

LAN-free, server-less backup benefits

Storage area networks allow you to offload backup processing from the primary network and host systems.


Corporate Profiles

Cranel offers complete end-to-end storage management solutions that meet today's complex requirements to manage, access, and protect business-critical information. Utilizing more than fourteen years of experience

New Products


This month, IBM began volume shipments of 75GB hard disk drives. The record-setting capacity is achieved largely through the use of glass platters, as opposed to traditional aluminum platters, which allows a recording density of up to 14.3 billion bits per square inch

Special Report

Fibre Channel interoperability testing

Multi-vendor testing proves that the industry has come a long way in solving interoperability and compatibility challenges.

Lab Review

Maxtor forges an attachment for network storage

With the price per megabyte for high-capacity Ultra ATA storage devices slipping below a penny per megabyte, how is it that Maxtor has found a way to sell storage at a 250% markup and make that seem like a bargain?


S-A-N, R-O-I, M-O-N-E-Y

If you're an IT manager tasked with making storage purchases, you're probably up to speed on the potential benefits of storage area networks. But you're also probably wondering what the payback will be, and how long it will take


SANs and sensibility: Back to IP

For the past two years, the storage area network (SAN) has been the darling architecture of the storage industry and the trade press.

Storage utilities: The next disruptive technology

When Clayton Christiansen began researching the concept of disruptive technologies, the storage industry's checkered history of triumphant startups and apocryphal bankruptcies proved fertile ground

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Volume 4
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April 2000