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News Analysis Trends

Appliances ease SAN implementation, management

A growing number of vendors are jumping on the SAN appliance bandwagon. These hardware-software devices, sometimes referred to as storage domain managers, are designed to simplify building and managing heterogeneous storage area networks by creating a virtual storage pool

Brocade, Cisco team on SAN-IP-SAN connectivity

Last month, the leader in Fibre Channel switches and the leader in IP switching teamed up in a multi-phased technology development agreement that will enable IT shops to interconnect storage area networks (SANs) over IP-based metropolitan and wide area networks

Compaq launches storage utility services

As more startup storage service providers (SSPs) continue to dot the landscape, a more familiar vendor, Compaq Computer, has launched its own storage utility

HarvardNet relies on homegrown SRM

Building homegrown storage resource management (SRM) tools has helped New England's major provider of digital subscriber lines (DSL) to grow and to maintain its flagship business-Web hosting

HP adds to XP arrays

Earlier this month, Hewlett-Packard added to its high-end XP disk array line when it started shipping the HP SureStore e XP512 array, which provides heterogeneous storage and server consolidation and a link between legacy mainframes and open systems

MTI partners with Veritas

MTI Technology and Veritas Software have announced a broad marketing and development partnership under which MTI will integrate a number of Veritas' software packages into its line of Vivant storage servers

SRM feature check list

Before you commit your entire Web storage to an e-storage service, make sure it has built these storage resource management (SRM) features into its storage infrastructure

SSPs bring new service models

Today's IT shops suffer from several storage-related maladies, with symptoms such as relentless capacity and access demands, a significant skills shortage, and complex storage network implementations

StorNet and Vangard to merge

Storage integrators StorNet Inc. and Vangard Technology have agreed to merge their respective businesses. While terms of the agreement were not disclosed, the companies combined for more than $160 million in 1999 revenues

Sun re-enters NAS market

Sun Microsystems, a pioneering network-attached storage (NAS) vendor, re-entered the NAS server market last month by introducing the StorEdge N8000 filer line, which supports the NFS and CIFS protocols

Veritas virtualizes storage Compaq's VersaStor due next year

Veritas Software recently introduced SANPoint Control storage virtualization software, representing the first storage area network (SAN) management suite to emerge from its V3 initiative announced last Fall

With e-services, SRM takes many directions

Web hosting services. Internet service providers. Net sourcers. How do these e-services providers manage server availability, storage growth, and capacity optimization?

Storage Management

Benefits of SAN-based file system sharing

Software that allows users to share file systems in storage area network environments may reduce total cost of ownership

Disaster recovery planning strategies

Electronic vaulting can save time and money while ensuring data protection.

Hierarchical storage management: the basics

HSM software can reduce labor costs and total cost of ownership by automatically handling data migration and demigration.

Three models for SAN-based data sharing

In the last of a three-part series, we delve into installable file system approaches to data sharing.

Business Briefs

Business Briefs

Last month, <B>MTI Technology</B> and <B>Veritas Software</B> announced some joint development and certification agreements, including marketing and development programs designed to enhance MTI's DataServices software in areas such as data replication, backup, and data management


Focus on SAN management

For the past year or two, the main impediments to implementing storage area networks (SANs), according to users, have been high cost of entry, lack of interoperability, and lack of SAN management tools

New Products

New Products

Targeting network-attached storage (NAS) leader Network Appliance, LSI Logic last month unleashed its N-Series line of NAS servers, which can scale from 54GB to more than 17TB using 73GB Seagate disk drives

Lab Review

Next-gen tape battles: Exabyte's Mammoth-2

For the next generation of enterprise-class tape systems, the battle lines are being drawn among LTO, backed by HP, IBM, and Seagate; SuperDLT, backed by Quantum; and Mammoth-2, backed by Exabyte

Special Report

RAID cost/performance trade-offs

Buyers face a plethora of choices in interfaces, with Fibre Channel making inroads on the front end of high-performance RAID arrays and SCSI continuing to dominate at the drive level


SAN/NAS Q&A with Steve Duplessie

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

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Volume 4
Issue issue-7
July 2000