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If one thing stands out from a recent InfoStor survey, it's the general lack of consensus among industry analysts and consultants over the relative importance of end-user storage concerns and the priority end users should assign to various storage technologies.
Cranking up its focus on the midrange network-attached storage (NAS) market, EMC is leveraging its high-end Clariion gateway technology in its new midrange NAS device, the NS600, which offers high-end features and high availability at a relatively low cost, according to analysts.
Billing it as the company's most significant announcement in the last decade, EMC earlier this month introduced the long-awaited Symmetrix DMX line of disk arrays, formerly referred to as Symm 6.
Last month, Cisco signed up IBM as the first major OEM of its MDS family of Fibre Channel and multi-protocol switches and directors.
LeftHand Networks recently began shipping an IP-based storage area network (SAN) solution that leverages existing Ethernet networks and provides high-end management capabilities without using Fibre Channel or iSCSI, according to company claims.
Building on its foundations in IP and server modeling, OPNET Technologies is offering an alternative to costly "test-bed" approaches used for validating infrastructure architectures and predicting application performance in storage network scenarios.
Sun Microsystems is launching pilot programs for selected customers with products from Pirus Networks and Terraspring, companies it recently acquired to build out its N1 strategy.
With its recent acquisition of Jareva Technologies and its pending acquisition of Precise Software, Veritas is expanding beyond its storage-centric roots into application performance management (APM).
Organizations spend millions of dollars on data backup systems and subsystems and millions more each year attempting to manage these systems to ensure the availability of mission-critical data.
Data warehousing, data mining, CRM, ERP, e-business, databases, e-mail.
When it comes to change, IT administrators are notoriously resistant.
End users are increasingly looking for alternatives to traditional backup-and-restore methods, and disk-to-disk backup is looking more and more promising as a way to combat shrinking backup windows.
End users and storage integrators find themselves in a quandary these days.
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