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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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
It's no secret that implementing and managing storage area networks (SANs) can be challenging.
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
Given the relatively slow adoption of storage area networks (SANs), some users are apprehensive about new SAN technologies.
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.
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.
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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.
With IT budgets tighter than a noose, return on investment (ROI) is the only chair that some managers have to stand on.
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.