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Peer-to-peer synchronization and replication software can augment and simplify existing data backup and retrieval systems
Some of the claimed advantages of IP/Ethernet storage area networks may be overstated
If history repeats itself, it'll be déjà vu all over again
Web storefronts and electronic Customer Relationship Management have unique infrastructure requirements
Users cite high availability, performance, scalability, and cost reductions through centralized management and storage consolidation
<b>Eurologic Systems</b> announced that <b>Vixel</b> has joined its LINK Alliance Program, whereby the companies are cooperating to enable users of storage-critical applications to implement pre-tested interoperable storage configurations across a storage area network
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Last month, Cisco crashed the storage networking party with shipments of the SN 5420 Storage Router, which allows IT organizations to connect Fibre Channel devices and storage area networks (SANs) over standard IP networks such as Gigabit Ethernet
Lured by the prospect of a multi-billion dollar market opportunity, Fujitsu last week threw its hat into the storage management software ring, launching Fujitsu Software Corp. (Fujitsu Softek) and a trio of new software options for managing heterogeneous storage area networks (SANs)
Of the new storage service providers (SSPs) that have been appearing almost weekly, only five or six "pure play" SSPs will still be standing next year, predicts Doug Chandler, program manager for storage services at International Data Corp.
Open-source operating systems are taking a back seat to Microsoft's Windows 2000 in the network-attached storage (NAS) arena
Having officially extricated itself from the disk drive market, Quantum says it will now concentrate on expanding its storage systems businesses
Addressing user demand for a library that can be shared in mixed storage networking environments, Quantum/ATL last month introduced the P3000 Gemini series, which features both Gigabit Ethernet and Fibre Channel connectivity.
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and Infinity I/O have launched a certification program to train IT professional in Fibre Channel-based storage area networks (SANs)
Just weeks after BlueArc introduced a new network-attached storage (NAS) architecture promising wire-speed throughput and enormous capacities, Northbrook, IL-based start-up Ikadega announced a similar hardware-based technology
Storage Computer is taking legal action against Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), Seagate Technology, and Xiotech Corp.-a wholly owned subsidiary of Seagate-for patent infringement
According to Freeman Reports' 2001 Tape Library Outlook, the library market is on the threshold of robust growth. Unit shipments are expected to more than double over the next six years, from 61,800 units last year to 133,000 units in 2006
Outsourcing enabled HP Hood's IT department to close its server backup window and slashed annual backup expenses by more than 50%
Advancements and trends in the media market are indicative of how storage is used
<b>Astrum broadens SRM software</b><br>This month, storage resource management (SRM) vendor Astrum Software began shipments of its Storage Performance Manager (SPM)-the fourth piece of its StorCast suite
The following Q&A-with Marc Farley, author of and a storage industry commentator-was excerpted from an online chat session hosted by www.searchstorage.com, a Web-based search engine site for storage-related articles and information. Questions were posted by end users.
The vast majority of you have not yet implemented a storage area network (SAN), but many of you are evaluating the technology and may take the plunge within the next year