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News Analysis Trends

ADIC completes hat trick

In its third acquisition in as many years, Redmond, WA-based Advanced Digital Information Corporation (ADIC) recently announced plans to purchase Pathlight Technology, a privately owned manufacturer of storage area network (SAN) products, in an effort to broaden its overall storage portfolio

BlueArc guns for EMC, NetApp

BlueArc, a Mountain View, CA-based start-up, is setting its sights on becoming a leader in the fast-paced network-attached storage (NAS) market

EMC strengthens Clariion family

With the introduction of its fifth-generation Clariion disk array-the FC4700-last month, EMC claims to have raised the bar for midrange storage

Enron launches capacity-trading market

Drawing on its experience in establishing the market for bandwidth trading (buying and selling telelcommunications capacity) in 1999, Enron Broadband Services has created a trading market to bring together buyers and sellers of surplus storage capacity available from storage service providers (SSPs)

Forsythe, Nuclio target SSP space

The storage service provider (SSP) market is attracting more and more vendors almost weekly. Most recently, Skokie, IL-based Forsythe Solutions Group, a 30-year-old technology infrastructure provider, and its subsidiary Nuclio will team with EMC to provide storage services

Midrange NAS race heats up

On the heels of EMC's entry into the midrange network-attached storage (NAS) market, Network Appliance and Dell Computer are diving in with midrange products of their own


Best practices for storage environments

A discussion of data-management life cycles, NAS and SAN options, I/O requirements, and modular versus frame-based disk arrays.

Emergence of storage service providers

The storage outsourcing industry has emerged with varying service models, a competitive market, and numerous choices for enterprise customers

Introduction to storage area networks

A beginner's guide to the concepts, components, and benefits of SANs

IP-based storage: Benefits and challenges

Block-level IP storage promises numerous advantages, but there are still many hurdles to overcome

Business Briefs

Business Briefs

<b>Cisco Systems</b> has joined a $25 million investment round in <b>StoreAge Networking Technologies</b>, a Haifa, Israel-based maker of appliances that provide virtualization for storage area networks (SANs)


DAFS versus SAFS

Direct Access File Systems and SAN-attached file systems (SAFSs) promise a number of improvements, particularly in performance. Here's the case for SAFS


FalconStor combines virtualization, IP Storage

Melville, NY-based start-up FalconStor has introduced a software suite, dubbed IPStor, that provides storage virtualization and aggregation, while at the same time enabling both block-level and file-level storage traffic over standard IP networks

Netreon demos directory-based

Although the product won't ship until at least this summer, Netreon recently provided a glimpse into the future of Windows 2000-based SAN management with a "proof-of-concept" demonstration of directory-based software

Nishan delivers SoIP switches

After more than a year of drumrolls, Nishan Systems last month began shipping multi-protocol storage switches that enable end users to build native IP storage area networks (SANs)

Online PC backup firms turn toward businesses

According to International Data Corp. (IDC), many online PC backup and "Web folder" companies are refocusing their business models away from consumers and toward businesses.

SNIA builds shared-storage model

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is developing a shared-storage model that it hopes will benefit both end users and vendors as they grapple with diverse storage architectures and terminology

Sun continues software spree

Last month, Sun Microsystems announced an agreement to acquire LSC Inc., an Eagan, MN-based developer of high-performance file system and storage management software for the Solaris operating system


NAS, SANs, and SSPs

The following Q&A-with storage consultant and book author Jon William Toigo-was excerpted from an online chat session hosted by www.searchstorage.com, a Web-based search engine site for storage-related articles and information

New Products

New Products

<b>Procom attacks NetApp, EMC</b><BR>Taking aim at network-attached storage (NAS) market leaders Network Appliance and EMC, Procom Technology recently introduced high-end NAS servers based on Fibre Channel disk technology

Analysts View

Storage virtualization: What, how, and why

Because virtualization sets the foundation for the enterprise storage utility, it's crucial for IT planners to understand its first principles and not be fooled by the hype

Special Report

Tape's evolving role

Falling prices, near-immediate data access, and data replication technologies may make disk an interesting alternative to tape for backing up mission-critical data


What's hot in 2001?

Irecently asked one of the prominent storage industry analysts what the hottest topics were for this year, and he immediately answered "storage virtualization" and "DAFS."

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Volume 5
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March 2001