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Backup with synchronization/ replication

Peer-to-peer synchronization and replication software can augment and simplify existing data backup and retrieval systems

Ethernet SANs: Panacea or fantasy?

Some of the claimed advantages of IP/Ethernet storage area networks may be overstated

Fibre Channel vs. Ethernet/iSCSI: Déjà vu

If history repeats itself, it'll be déjà vu all over again

Storage issues for e-CRM, Web storefronts

Web storefronts and electronic Customer Relationship Management have unique infrastructure requirements

Special Report

Business benefits of SANs: User case studies

Users cite high availability, performance, scalability, and cost reductions through centralized management and storage consolidation

Business Briefs

Business Briefs

<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

News Analysis Trends

Cisco enters storage network market

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

Fujitsu eyes software opportunity

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)

IDCs attract SSPs

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.

NAS vendors switching to Windows

Open-source operating systems are taking a back seat to Microsoft's Windows 2000 in the network-attached storage (NAS) arena

Quantum re-emphasizes 'solutions' strategy

Having officially extricated itself from the disk drive market, Quantum says it will now concentrate on expanding its storage systems businesses

Quantum/ATL ships GE/FC library

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.

SNIA, Infinity I/O certify storage pros

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)

Start-up redefines NAS architecture

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 takes legal action

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

Tape library market stays strong

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

Case Study

HP Hood outsources backup operations

Outsourcing enabled HP Hood's IT department to close its server backup window and slashed annual backup expenses by more than 50%

Analysts View

Media: The other half of removable storage

Advancements and trends in the media market are indicative of how storage is used

New Products

New Products

<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


SAN, NAS, and virtualization

The following Q&A-with Marc Farley, author of and a storage industry commentator-was excerpted from an online chat session hosted by, a Web-based search engine site for storage-related articles and information. Questions were posted by end users.


Storage area networks: Why and how?

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

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Volume 5
Issue issue-5
May 2001