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Special Report

Applications-centric path to managing storage

A popular practice of storage vendors is to use statistical data to hype the implementation of an architectural model like storage area network (SAN) or the acquisition of a particular product such as a storage management application.

News Analysis Trends

ARM software saves time, money

If you're acquainted with the ARM acronym, then you know why the industry is buzzing about it and why vendors are racing to bring such products to market.

Consultants urge IT to build strategic storage plans

While some IT shops have built strategic storage plans, analysts say the adoption rate should be much higher, especially among mid-sized and large companies about to embark on large storage investments (e.g., a storage area network) or those looking to standardize their storage environments.

EMC CTO speaks out about AutoIS, openness, and more

In the midst of one of EMC's longest and broadest product announcement cycles on record, CTO Mark Lewis sat down with InfoStor to address questions about the company's future course.

Microsoft pushes storage strategy

Microsoft is continuing to fine-tune its storage strategy.

Network Appliance enters SAN market

Network Appliance recently entered the storage area network (SAN) market with the FAS900—a fabric-attached storage device that combines network-attached storage (NAS) and SAN functionality in one box.

Quantum spins off NAS business

Citing a need to concentrate on its data-protection line, Quantum recently spun off its network-attached storage (NAS) business into a new company called Snap Appliance Inc.

Spinnaker takes on EMC, NetApp

Spinnaker Networks, a Pittsburgh-based start-up, is looking to take on EMC and Network Appliance with its first network-attached storage (NAS) product—SpinServer 3300—which leverages a distributed file system for scaling up to 512 servers.

Start-ups address end-user pain points

A trio of newcomers is attempting to break through the cacophony of start-up announcements with products they claim address common shortcomings of mainstream alternatives.

Storage network security options expand

Keeping data secure is a top priority for IT managers these days, and typical network security measures may not be enough.

Sun acquires Pirus, furthers N1 strategy

With its upcoming acquisition of hybrid switch maker Pirus Networks, Sun Microsystems is rounding out its Network One (N1) strategy for combining data resources into a single system.

Business Briefs


Business continuity planning and technologies

When critical business data is lost, every minute that goes by means missing information, lost revenue opportunities, and perhaps even the closing of a department or company.

Disk-to-disk increases backup-and-restore speeds

Fast backup and recovery of data has been facilitated by two recent developments: disk-to-disk backup/recovery and "data typing," in which applications and data types are prioritized by importance to improve business continuance.

Distributed file systems enhance NAS

Forrester Research studies show that storage management can cost a company seven times the original equipment outlay—a fact that every IT manager understands all too well by now.

Is serverless backup your best bet?

Only a few months ago, serverless backup was viewed a silver bullet of networked storage.


New Products

Analysts View

Providing storage intelligence with automated policies

Finding an enterprise storage management (ESM) software vendor that doesn't claim to have automated policy management today is difficult.


Start-up feeding frenzy will benefit users

According to PriMetrica Inc. (, 190 storage vendors—the majority being start-ups—have received funding over the last two years.

This Issue

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Volume 6
Issue issue-11
November 2002