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Snia On Storage

'Bluefin' to provide standard SAN management interface

End-user benefits will include simplified-and lower-cost-SAN management.


Be realistic about your interoperability expectations

In our conversations with end users-and, for that matter, vendors-it's surprising how often the subject of "interoperability" comes up. Users consistently complain about the lack of interoperability between storage products-hardware and/or software-from different vendors.



Chargeback makes a comeback

Often included in storage resource management suites, chargeback functionality holds users (and customers) accountable for their storage usage.

End-user perspectives on storage software licensing

End users want options in enterprise licensing structures, and vendors are not always providing the required flexibility.

How to create solid policies for SAN security

Securing data in a SAN requires controlling access at all levels, including physical, network, storage device, host, and administrator.

Which storage virtualization approach is 'best?'

A relational database technique called normalization helps explain how network-based virtualization can simplify SAN management. By Jerome M. Wendt

News Analysis Trends

Database archiving saves space, increases performance

Are you running out of database disk space, or paying for expensive disk capacity that you don't really need? Is "database bloat" bringing your applications to unsatisfactory performance levels?

EMC stresses continuity among platforms

EMC recently announced its sixth-generation Clariion product-the CX600. For those awaiting a next-generation Symmetrix array, the CX600 was somewhat of a letdown, but for mid-tier markets it was welcome news because the new array fills a long-standing gap in the company's Clariion lineup.

Out with the old, in with the new

With more and more IT dollars going toward storage (see chart), administrators are increasingly finding themselves in the difficult position of having to justify hardware and software purchases to senior- level management.

Quantum expands Linux-based NAS

Leveraging its investment in Linux, Quantum's Storage Solutions Group (formerly Snap Appliances) is integrating its latest network- attached storage (NAS) server with the company's tape drives and SyncSort's software for local backup-a feature that was lacking in its previous NAS products.

SANgate ships data migration alternative

Hoping to change the way large companies migrate data, Southboro, MA, start-up SANgate Systems recently announced its first product, SANblaster S1000, which the company claims is the first dedicated, non-host-based data migration tool.

Serial ATA activity picks up

Although Serial ATA disk drives are not expected to become widely available until early next year, a variety of vendors have started to introduce products designed around the new specification.

Spin-off addresses NAS backup

If your storage environment includes network-attached storage (NAS), chances are good that you have backup problems. While there are a variety of ways to back up NAS appliances, these methods have generally been difficult to manage, expensive to implement or, in some cases, just plain inefficient.

Start-ups tackle automated storage management

Over the next six months, more and more vendors will be shipping automated policy-based storage management software, which analysts say is the next evolutionary stage for storage resource management tools.

Sun software supports CIM

Claiming to be the first systems vendor to offer storage management software based on the Common Information Model (CIM) standard, Sun Microsystems recently released its StorEdge Enterprise Storage Manager (ESM) software.

Veritas broadens Linux support

With Dell, IBM, Intel, and Oracle at its side, Veritas Software this summer set its Linux strategy in motion for enterprise computing-a market Veritas and other storage vendors believe is now ripe with opportunity.

Special Report

End users attest to the benefits of SRM

Storage resource management software is the first step in understanding-and controlling-out-of-control management costs.

New Products

Reader I O

Sharing eases angst about slow performance

<b>Q: </b>Our research group is running analyses on files ranging from 50MB to several hundred megabytes in size. Performance was fine when a single computer was able to do all the work, but as we've moved the files to a file server and added more computers, performance has become unbearably slow. Can we use storage area network (SAN) technology to improve file-server performance?

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Volume 6
Issue issue-9
September 2002