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Case Study

Apotex leverages SAN-based disk-to-disk backup

A storage area network coupled with disk-based backup slashes backup-and-restore times while minimizing manual tasks.

News Analysis Trends

Convergence tops the list of NAS trends

This year, vendors are expected to make significant strides in merging network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN) environments, according to a recent report on network storage by the Yankee Group, a market research firm in Boston.

EMC's Clariion borrows from Symmetrix

This month, EMC added software enhancements to its Clariion FC4700, pushing the midrange storage array's functionality closer to that of EMC's flagship Symmetrix array. The software upgrades consolidate management and enable better disaster recovery.

HP formalizes virtualization strategy

Just six months after acquiring StorageApps, a provider of storage virtualization software, for $350 million, Hewlett-Packard earlier this month formally announced its virtualization strategy and a new midrange virtualization appliance: the StorageApps sv3000.

iQstor integrates arrays, software

At Storage Networking World earlier this month, Integrix spin-off iQstor Networks debuted a family of integrated storage systems that scale from 8TB to 35TB. Initial hardware offerings include two disk systems (R1900 and J1800) and a "SAN-in-a-box" (iQSAN).

Legato shores up portfolio with OTG acquisition

Legato Systems says its planned acquisition of OTG Software, a developer of data storage, data access, and e-mail management software, will result in tangible benefits for end users as early as this quarter.

Low-cost switches enable entry-level SANs

Fibre Channel switch vendors now offer a variety of lower-priced, lower-port-count devices for small to mid-sized companies. For example, end users can now buy 8-port, 2Gbps Fibre Channel switches for as little as $5,000, or $625 per port.

Quantum gives backup a boost

Quantum last month added its name to the growing list of vendors that offer disk-based systems specifically for backup. Quantum, which dominates the midrange tape drive market, says it will ship its first disk-based system—the DX30—in the second half of the year.

Windows grabs NAS market share

In the first year that OEMs shipped network-attached storage (NAS) devices based on the Microsoft Windows platform, they grabbed a 25% market share based on units shipped (through the third quarter of 2001), according to International Data Corp.

Features

Distributed 'edge storage' overcomes bandwidth limitations

Distributed storage located at the "edges" of the Internet can help service providers overcome two of the key drawbacks to the Internet: bandwidth and latency.

FC SAN performance and analysis

Using an analyzer for SAN troubleshooting can uncover hidden problems and unlock full performance potential.

From storage virtualization to NAS-SAN convergence

Emerging technologies, coupled with virtualization, will blur the distinction between NAS and SAN, leading to a convergence in storage networking.

Part I — Transport protocol considerations for IP SANs

This article, the first in a two-part series, looks at the requirements for transporting Fibre Channel SAN traffic over managed IP networks.

Storage 2002: Increased opportunities for resellers

Some of the hot technologies include iSCSI and IP SANs, storage virtualization, new backup options, and disaster recovery.

Special Report

Fibre Channel market builds momentum

Facing impending competition, Fibre Channel supporters cite improved interoperability, faster performance, and lower prices.

Editorial

Good news for end users: Low-cost SANs (finally)

It should come as no shock that, according to virtually every survey of end users, "high cost" is the number one reason why users have not implemented a storage area network (SAN). Fortunately, however, the Fibre Channel vendor community has recognized this and is doing something about it.

Reader I O

Managing the backup of several SAN islands

We have a number of small, independent, departmental storage area networks (SANs), which we back up to a centralized LAN backup system. We want to leverage the SAN for backup but cannot afford to—nor do we really want to—consolidate our individual SANs into a single, larger one. Do we have any options?

Storage Systems

Storage virtualization: Overview and definitions

"Storage virtualization" is too broad a term for practical use. You have to look closer at specific implementations and features.

Lab Review

Testing Linux file systems on RAID

Three of the latest Linux journaling file systems show their merits on a fast RAID appliance from Adaptec.

Opinion

Virtualization should manage multiple media types

In the future, virtualization will encompass disk drives as well as tape and optical devices.

Business Briefs

New Products

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Volume 6
Issue issue-4
April 2002