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Assessing SAN backup options

We are looking for options to back up our SAN. We have a XIOtech disk array, eight servers, a Brocade switch, an SDLT library, and Veritas software.

Business Briefs

Briefs

Briefs

Opinion

Consider the online alternative to tape-based backup

If a disaster were to strike your company today, are you confident you could fully restore all of your data? An effective data-protection strategy is as critical to ensuring business continuity as a property insurance policy, but unfortunately many businesses may be at risk because they are using outdated backup methods.

Leasing helps storage professionals manage costs

In recent years, maximizing budget dollars has become an increasingly important IT consideration. Now more than ever before, storage professionals are weighing purchasing options, which raises the all-too-critical question: Should organizations lease or buy storage equipment?

News Analysis Trends

Fabric-based intelligence gets vendor nod

News last month that Brocade had signed up seven more independent software vendors (ISVs) as Fabric Application Development Partners signals a growing trend in the industry to move storage applications off hosts and disk arrays and into the fabric.

HP boosts NAS performance, slashes prices

Hewlett-Packard is increasing performance and cutting prices on its next generation of StorageWorks network-attached storage (NAS) devices.

NAS start-ups rely on distributed file systems

Two network-attached storage (NAS) start-ups offering ATA-based systems are targeting the fixed content—or reference information—market, which is expected to grow 92% per year, according to The Enterprise Storage Group (ESG).

Sony bests LTO, SDLT with 500GB S-AIT drive

Sony recently began volume shipments of Super AIT (S-AIT) tape drives, which the company claims creates a new class of "super" tape drives—a distinction warranted by the drive's industry-high 500GB native capacity.

Start-up joins SRM software ranks

Austin, TX-based Deepfile is adding a new twist to stand-alone storage resource management (SRM) products by offering automated SRM functionality built into a hardware appliance that supports CIFS and NFS.

Users split over SAN management approaches

When it comes to purchasing storage management software, end users generally fall into two camps: those who prefer to purchase products from a single vendor and those who prefer to buy best-of-breed (or point) products from multiple vendors.

Users weigh in on tape-vs.-disk backup debate

In a recent InfoStor survey, industry analysts and integrators gave disk-based backup high marks.

Windows Server 2003 means better storage management

This month, Microsoft finally introduced its long-awaited Windows Server 2003, which includes new storage management capabilities as well as other features.

Features

File systems deliver on the promise of SANs

Many IT managers today find themselves struggling to efficiently manage "islands of storage."

Policies automate storage management

Storage professionals have become accustomed to fighting fires. Even the basic task of provisioning a request for storage can become a headache for over-stressed IT departments.

SRM software enables storage best practices

The first generation of storage resource management (SRM) software provides basic features such as reporting, monitoring, and trend analysis that help IT administrators understand the complexity of their storage environment. However, users are demanding more-advanced features so that SRM can be used for strategic planning. SRM software must mature and provide advanced features that can be used to achieve this new objective.

Special Report

iSCSI gains a toehold in SAN market

Few storage technologies have shown as much promise—and inflated expectations—as iSCSI, which enables end users to build purportedly low-cost storage area networks (SANs) that run over standard Ethernet TCP/IP networks.

New Products

New Products

New Products

Editorial

VCs pour, and storage start-ups drink

Despite the economic slowdown and IT spending clampdown, venture capitalists keep funneling money into storage start-ups at a surprising rate.

Analyst View

Why you need (more) storage security

Recently, there has been a lot of buzz about storage security, but it is still a confusing issue to many IT administrators. Why? Because although security is a huge puzzle for any IT organization, the concept of focusing on security as it applies specifically to storage is a relatively new topic.

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Volume 7
Issue issue-4
April 2003