Table of Contents

Features

Applications for storage area networks

An excerpt from Designing Storage Area Networks examines some of the applications that can benefit most from SANs

Moving toward storage re-centralization

<p>The trend is toward architectures such as NAS and SAN, but improvements in software management and testing are still required</p>

SPC benchmark helps IT evaluate storage

The Storage Performance Council's SPC-1 benchmark will provide objective, verifiable performance data

Tape library requirements for SANs

Storage area networks demand connectivity options, high availability for shared environments, and storage resource management software

Qa

Block-level storage over IP

The following Q&A-an interview with storage analyst Steve Duplessie, with a focus on iSCSI-was excerpted from an online chat session hosted by www.searchstorage.com, a Web-based search engine site for storage-related articles and information (searchstorage.com). Questions were posted by end users

Business Briefs

Business Briefs

Dell Computer is partnering with Imation to establish its most recent Dell Technology Solutions Center (DTSC)

Opinion

Business value of storage virtualization

Measurement of the business benefits of a particular virtualization approach is a function of near-term and long-term predictions

News

Comdisco hops on SSP bandwagon

Comdisco is staking claim to a piece of the fast-growing storage service provider (SSP) market by launching a managed storage services division

Conference targets I/O, InfiniBand

Next month, the e-Commerce Infrastruc-ture Technology Conference and Tradeshow (eCIT) hopes to bring together InfiniBand users before the new architecture hits the streets in volume over the next two to three years

EMC attacks midrange NAS

Taking aim at network-attached storage (NAS) leader Network Appliance, EMC's recent entry into the midrange market is bad news for all NAS players but good news for end users looking for more choices in a market dominated by a handful of vendors

HDSA promotes automated storage

Hoping to promote removable storage technologies such as tape and optical libraries, the non-profit High Density Storage Association (HDSA) was launched last month

Is server-less backup ready for prime time?

Despite the recent onslaught of announcements from various software vendors, server-less backup remains in its earliest stages

Maxoptix buys Breece Hill

On the heels of securing more than $18 million in funding to further finance development of its new optical storage products, Maxoptix acquired tape automation manufacturer Breece Hill Technologies last month for an undisclosed amount

Optical formats spar over 20GB mark

Hitting the 20GB mark is the next milestone for high-capacity optical technology. So far, that magic number has eluded optical manufacturers and taken its toll on one company that couldn't deliver on its promise of higher capacity

Software vendors speak out

Tivoli tests show that data movers (i.e., bridges or routers) are less available and less robust than application servers are.

Sun to acquire SRM vendor

In a stock-for-stock swap valued at $400 million, Sun later this quarter is expected to finalize its acquisition of storage resource management (SRM) software vendor HighGround Systems

Tricord targets server appliance market

While other vendors are largely focusing on storage area network (SAN) applications, Minneapolis-based Tricord Systems last month announced plans to bring "aggregation" technology-a type of virtualization software-to the server appliance market later this quarter

Editorial

NAS muscles into the limelight

For the past few years, most of the glory-and excessive hype-in the storage industry has centered on storage area networks (SANs). But over the last few months, the considerably older network-attached storage (NAS) seems to be pushing SANs somewhere to the left of center stage

New Products

New Products

<b>Procom brings fault tolerance to NAS</b><br>Procom Technology's NetFORCE 3000 series of network-attached storage (NAS) appliances are based on Fibre Channel RAID controllers and a clustered, fail-over architecture

Case Study

Optical system reduces file preparation time

A combination of imaging software and an optical disk library reduced a tribunal's file preparation time by 57%.

Special Report

SANs rely on storage virtualization

A number of approaches exist for virtualizing heterogeneous storage environments, including SAN appliances, "SAN-in-a-box," and distributed enterprise solutions

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January 2001