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News Analysis Trends

Blade servers gain momentum

No longer just a niche market, blade servers are becoming increasingly popular, and shipments are expected to rapidly accelerate through 2006, according to IMEX Research, in San Jose (see figure).

HDS and Network Appliance team for NAS

Within the next two months, Hitachi Data Systems is expected to ship a network-attached storage (NAS) gateway supplied by Network Appliance as the result of an OEM agreement announced in December.

QLogic enters iSCSI race

Yet another sign that iSCSI may be ready for prime time later this year, QLogic—one of the two largest vendors of Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs)—recently released chips and HBAs that offload iSCSI, TCP/IP, and IP Security (IPSec) protocol processing from host CPUs.

SAN adoption much higher at 1TB+ shops

According to an end-user survey by market research firm PriMetrica, companies with relatively large capacities (more than 1TB of data) are—not surprisingly— more likely to have deployed storage area networks (SANs).

Start-up acquires EMC technology for tape virtualization

Framingham, MA-based start-up Diligent Technologies has acquired EMC's Israel-based R&D facility that specializes in developing software—including tape virtualization products that are currently on the market as an EMC brand—and other technologies Diligent plans to commercialize over the next nine months.

Users support SNIA's SAN certification program

It's no secret that implementing and managing storage area networks (SANs) can be challenging.

Business Briefs

Departments

Special Report

Getting SAN ROI right means getting what you need

When BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee (BCBST) needed to rein in costs associated with its exploding storage needs, the answer was not obvious.

Snia On Storage

IP storage requires interoperability and protocol offloading'

Given the relatively slow adoption of storage area networks (SANs), some users are apprehensive about new SAN technologies.

Features

New Year's resolution: Do more with less

Many IT budgets are set in the fourth quarter, but now is the time that most managers sit down and evaluate needs versus spending and put together executable plans that will help meet corporate goals.

TCP/IP offload engines alleviate bottlenecks

Despite Ethernet's increase in speed to 1Gbps—and soon, to 10Gbps—high-performance servers cannot support gigabit connections and maintain fast response times for applications.

Reader I O

On your mark, get set, go iSCSI!

If you are married to the belief that an industry standard isn't "real" until all products comply with it, then iSCSI is not for you—not now anyway. As of press time, the final draft of the iSCSI specification had not yet been ratified.

Editorial

SAN ROI is a sticky wicket

With IT budgets tighter than a noose, return on investment (ROI) is the only chair that some managers have to stand on.

Opinion

Storage virtualization: Waiting for nirvana

Just a few years ago, a number of storage vendors made great fanfare about their virtualization strategies, promising of virtual pools of inexpensive storage attached to inexpensive networks.

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Volume 7
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January 2003