Table of Contents


Application-centric storage management

Managing data according to a priority hierarchy eases storage management hassles and decreases labor costs

Business benefits of server-free backup

Two of the biggest advantages of server-free backup are server/LAN resource savings and the ability to leverage SAN technology and application investments

Making the case for SSPs

A look at what's driving storage service provider (SSP) market growth, and trends for the future

Optimizing SAN performance

SAN planning and performance management tools are critical when implementing a high-performance storage network

The case for outsourced electronic vaulting

Like it or not, the truth is that systems fail, power outages occur, and disasters happen. And when they do, there is a very real risk of significant impact to your business

Case Study

Bosch controls corporate data growth

Solution is based on a disk-tape hierarchical storage management system and AIT tape units

University relies on HSM-based PACS system

A picture archival communication system combines hierarchical storage management and high-speed data-management software

Business Briefs

Business Briefs

<b>ADVA Optical Networking</b> and <b>Inrange Technologies</b> have entered into a strategic agreement, whereby Inrange will sell ADVA Fiber Service Platform products under the Inrange IN-VSN Spectrum label

Special Report

DAFS streamlines file access

If the Direct Access File System (DAFS) protocol delivers on its promises of better performance within data center environments, end users will see faster access/response times in their database and Internet applications as early as 2002

Inside the Direct Access File System

The demand for storage networks that offer scalable, high-performance data management with low total cost of ownership has led to the development of the Direct Access File System (DAFS) protocol

Why NAS virtualization?

As with SANs, NAS virtualization promises easier storage management and lower storage management costs


EMC rolls out ESN Manager

By most accounts, EMC's recent rollout of ESN Manager lacks the substance-at least in its first iteration-of a major software release

Emulex outlines iSCSI HBA plans

Emulex, one of the leading vendors of Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs), last month sketched its plans for HBAs based on the evolving iSCSI standard

HP sharpens storage vision

Hewlett-Packard says it has put lingering organization and marketing issues behind it with the recent launch of its Federated Storage Area Management (FSAM) strategy and preliminary product set

IBM readies iSCSI, NAS devices

Lending credibility to the emerging iSCSI standard and the convergence of network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN) technologies, IBM is readying two products that signal new directions for Big Blue's storage division

IP storage start-up launched

This month, Pirus Networks came partially out of stealth mode by officially launching itself and sketching plans for a switch that can handle a variety of protocols and I/O traffic, including Ethernet, IP storage, Fibre Channel, and iSCSI

MaxOptix brings RAID to tape

Leveraging technology largely developed by a leading disk array vendor, Fremont, CA-based MaxOptix last month began shipping the StreamIT tape-RAID appliance

Quantum delivers Super DLT

After a protracted delay, Quantum last month announced that it has begun shipping Super DLTtape I drives and media. Unlike preliminary units shipped in November, these drives feature full backward read-compatibility with previous DLT generations, going back to the DLT 4000 and including the DLT1 from Benchmark Storage

SAN Valley links FC SANs over IP networks

At the upcoming Networld+Interop show (May 6-11 in Las Vegas), SAN Valley Systems is expected to announce a gateway that will enable companies to link Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs) over optical IP networks

SSP Sanrise targets enterprises

Sanrise is targeting enterprise companies with its backup/recovery and disk-on-demand services

Sun bundles 'low-cost' SANs

Hoping to eliminate two of the biggest gating factors-high cost and difficult implementation-to acceptance of storage area networks (SANs), Sun Microsystems is bundling "plug-and-play" SANs that start at $97,700

Western Digital spins off SAN business

Western Digital last month formally split its Connex subsidiary into two companies in an attempt to better serve network-attached storage (NAS) and, especially, storage area network (SAN) management software markets, officials say


It's show time

Following the success of the Storage Networking World conference and exhibit earlier this month (which was graced with a decent turnout of your peers), there are a number of upcoming shows that may be of interest to you

Analysts View

Microsoft catches the NAS appliance wave

Storage analysts tend to ignore Microsoft. We think that when they talk about "disk," they really mean a hard disk in a PC

New Products

New Products

Aimed primarily at departmental storage area networks (SANs), McData's 32-port ES-3032 Fibre Channel fabric switch has many of the fault-tolerant features of the company's director-class Fibre Channel switches (including fault isolation, dual power supplies, and hot-pluggable cooling fans, power supplies, and optics) but does not include redundant logic

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Volume 5
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April 2001