Table of Contents


Catch the next wave: 2Gbps FC SANs

Next-generation Fibre Channel SANs could benefit database/transaction servers, disaster-recovery applications, and imaging environments

Evolving SANs require new management tools

Large shifting SANs require configuration comparison, asset/change/service management, and replication capabilities

Making 'storewidth' vision a reality

Storewidth is the combination of ubiquitous, high-capacity optical bandwidth and unlimited storage capacity, but we're not there yet

Storage services over wide area networks

Service providers can offer low-cost connectivity of enterprise Ethernet and Fibre Channel storage networks over WANs.


Centralized storage management tools simplify administration while decreasing overall costs

Centralized storage management tools simplify administration while decreasing overall costs

Special Report

Combining the benefits of NAS and SAN

NAS and SAN have proven value, but their differences can make administration unnecessarily complex and costly. Merging the two will combine their benefits and yield large savings in storage management costs.

Convergence of SAN, NAS, and IP networks

Next-generation storage networks will combine block- and file-level data access with emerging technologies such as iSCSI-based IP storage

Extending SANs with network-attached storage

Combining NAS and SAN enables the two environments to share storage devices

News Analysis Trends

Computer Associates predicts 'bright' future

Computer Associates says it is counting on the strength of its new BrightStor platform-in particular, BrightStor Enterprise Backup-to catapult it back atop the network backup leader board

Legato integrates serverless code into NetWorker

Having virtually disappeared from the serverless backup scene a year ago, Legato Systems recently brushed the cobwebs from its Celestra code, making it generally available in a workstation configuration to end users running NetWorker 6.1 in Solaris and HP-UX environments

New players enter SRM market

As evidence of the growing importance of managing burgeoning storage capacity, two new players-TeraCloud and TrelliSoft-have entered the storage resource management (SRM) software market, a crowded field that already includes about 10 vendors

Storage service providers revamp business strategies

The long-expected storage service provider (SSP) shake-out has begun, and before it ends, only 25% of SSPs will survive, predicts market analyst firm Gartner/Dataquest

Sun, Veritas team on NAS-SAN combo

Sun Microsystems and Veritas Software have teamed up to provide a network-attached storage (NAS) product that competes head-on with NAS market leader Network Appliance's filers

Who needs SAN virtualization?

According to Data Storage Technologies (Ridgewood, NJ) president Richard Lee, there are a number of value propositions to "virtualizing" a storage area network (SAN), including lower management costs, less complexity, and higher return on investment

Lab Review

Mammoth-2, NetVault combo rips through backups

OpenBench Labs makes short work of backing up 100GB per hour in a 19-inch rack


NAS + SAN: The best of both worlds

Recently, it has been politically correct for vendors to say that network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN) are complementary

New Products


Adaptec enters external RAID market</b><br>Hoping to get a piece of the booming market for external RAID, Adaptec last month entered the fray with a SCSI-to-SCSI disk subsystem

Case Study

SAN survives earthquake without data loss

SAN benefits include reduced administration and better backup, data sharing, and data protection

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Volume 5
Issue issue-8
August 2001