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News Analysis Trends

Adapter combines Fibre Channel, Gbit Ethernet

Next week, Interphase Corp. is expected to ship a dual-port adapter that combines Fibre Channel and Gigabit Ethernet ports on one card.

ADIC breaks into NAS market

Advanced Digital Information Corp. (ADIC) last month jumped into the network-attached storage (NAS) market with StorNext, the first in an antici pated family of NAS appliances expected from the tape library vendor


StorageTek (STK) and Great Hill Partners (a Boston-based investment firm) recently announced the formation of ManagedStorage International, which will offer storage services such as storage on demand, server and PC backup, and content management

CA offers server-less backup

With the release of a new version of Image Option this month, Computer Associates says it has made server-less backup a reality in ARCserveIT environments

DataCore debuts storage domain manager

Next week, DataCore Software is expected to introduce SANsymphony, a software-only approach to what analyst firms such as the Gartner Group generally refer to as storage domain managers

EMC #1 in storage software

ueled by an 84% growth in revenues last year, EMC has become the top vendor of storage management software, according to Dataquest, a market research firm in San Jose

IBM pumps $400M into SAN business

In a move that industry analysts describe as a strategic counter-thrust against archrival EMC, IBM last month announced plans to invest $400 million in open-systems storage area network (SAN) product development and services

Legato, Veritas tackle clustering

Growing intolerance for server downtime, driven by e-business applications, has made IT administrators look to server clustering to ensure availability.

SNIA delivers CIM Object Manager

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) has released open source code for the Common Information Model (CIM) Object Manager, which will eventually be used to manage all network objects, including storage devices, servers, clusters, and applications

Storage utilities show promise<br>But skepticism persists

Ever-increasing storage needs, fueled by data-intensive applications and a robust e-commerce economy, will continue to pace the growth of the storage utility market, according to a number of research firms

Vixel aims for heterogeneous SAN management

Last month, Vixel Corp. began shipping management software designed to help storage administrators monitor and manage heterogeneous storage area network (SAN) components, including Fibre Channel switches, hubs, and host bus adapters (HBAs)

Special Report

Diverse sites embrace Fibre Channel SANs

User case studies reveal the potential advantages of storage area networks in a wide range of application environments.

Lab Review

Evaluating disk subsystem performance

Disk subsystems range from single disk drives to large installations of disk arrays. They can be directly attached to individual computer systems or configured as larger shared-access storage area networks (SANs)


Fibre Channel, SCSI, InfiniBand: Four opinions

The future roles of Fibre Channel, SCSI, and InfiniBand are being hotly debated. In an attempt to douse the fires, we asked contributing writers Elizabeth Ferrarini and Lee Steele to interview vendor representatives and one industry analyst

Analysts View

Four steps to high availability

A high-availability (HA) IT environment requires more than clustered servers.


How to build SCSI and SCSI+FC SANs

It's possible to build a SCSI-centric SAN, but a Fibre Channel/SCSI combination may offer advantages.

NAS and SAN: similarities and differences

Network-attached storage and storage area networks address the same problems but from different angles.

Storage Systems

IPMI enhances enclosure management

With an in-band enclosure management protocol, the Intelligent Platform Management Interface can augment IT management in heterogeneous environments.


It's time for a SAN reality check

No publication has been more evangelical in its support for storage area networks (SANs) than this one, but what can be perceived as hype has apparently led to unrealistic expectations regarding the rate of end-user SAN adoption

Storage Management

Logical versus physical data views

Particularly in mixed LAN/NAS/SAN environments, a logical view of data may provide advantages over a physical view.

SAN-based data sharing poses challenges

In the second of a three-part series, we look at possible approaches to solving data-sharing problems in storage area networks.

New Products


Taking aim at the market segment dominated by McData Corp., Inrange Technologies last month began shipping a high-end "director" class Fibre Channel switch with 64 ports.

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Volume 4
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May 2000