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A realistic approach to automating storage management

Many analyst/consulting firms have dubbed storage automation as the "next big thing" in storage management. For instance, the Enterprise Storage Group ("storage process automation"), the Yankee Group ("storage automation"), and Strategic Research ("storage operations management") have all weighed in with comprehensive reports on the subject.

Extending storage over WANs

Business continuity and disaster recovery have taken on a very high profile, requiring more and more organizations to extend their storage over long distances using a wide area network (WAN).

iSCSI software initiators vs. iSCSI host bus adapters

The promise of iSCSI for early adopters is affordable storage consolidation solutions for server environments where simplicity, flexibility, and price/performance are critical IT decision factors.

Modular disk systems expand to the enterprise

RAID systems were developed more than a decade ago to solve the common problem of failed disk drives causing applications to fail and end users to lose access to their data.

Security implications of network-attached storage

Two years ago, it was defense-in-depth. Last year, it was cyber terrorism. Now a new topic is raising quite a few eyebrows in IT organizations: storage security. Until recently, they were independent issues.

Special Series Part I: Business Continuity Planning<br>How prepared are you?

When InfoStor polled its readers about their business continuity preparedness, we were somewhat surprised to find that the majority of respondents said they had a plan in place and tested it regularly (i.e., at least once a year).

Business Briefs

Snia On Storage

How to conduct a storage security audit

Data storage and networking technologies are changing. Some of those changes could increase your risks of data loss, damage, or unauthorized disclosure of sensitive data.


Is iSCSI ready for prime time?

It's been three years coming, but there are signs that iSCSI may be ready for end-user adoption.

News Analysis Trends

Is the EMC-Legato deal a win for users?

Analysts view EMC's acquisition of Legato, which is expected to be finalized in October, as a win-win for both companies, and most analysts see it as a positive deal for end users&mdash;with a few caveats.

Microsoft spurs iSCSI adoption

Earlier this summer, Microsoft announced the availability of its iSCSI software initiator package, which includes a software driver and initiator service.

On-demand computing headlines CA World conference

At its annual CA World conference in Las Vegas last month, Computer Associates outlined its vision of on-demand computing and described some of the near-term steps the company plans to take toward that goal.

Sorting through regulatory compliance hype

You would have had to be living under a rock for the past few months to have missed all the vendor noise about SEC 17a, HIPAA, and Sarbanes-Oxley. In fact, many storage vendors have made these new regulations a central focus of their marketing efforts.

Start-up delivers out-of-band virtualization

Citing limitations to in-band virtualization, MonoSphere claims its out-of-band approach to storage virtualization does not cause single points of failure or use host CPU cycles, and can talk to storage area networks (SANs), network-attached storage (NAS), and direct-attached storage (DAS)&mdash;a key differentiator from its competitors, according to analysts.

Veritas continues push beyond storage

With the completion of its acquisition of Precise Software earlier this summer and the release of the first products from its acquisition of Jareva Technologies (see "Veritas expands beyond storage," InfoStor, July 2003, p. 8), Veritas is pushing beyond its storage-centric roots and into more direct competition with Computer Associates, IBM/ Tivoli, and EMC.

New Products

News Bytes

Reader I O

Tape- vs. disk-based backup, part II

Let me first clarify the claim that I made in that column (see "Is disk-based backup all that it's cracked up to be?", July 2003, p. 24). I was addressing a reader who wanted to know if staging his backups to disk would improve performance over sending data directly to tape.

Special Report

Vendors address NAS management challenges

Long known for its low cost, heterogeneous file sharing, and simple installation&mdash;among other benefits&mdash;network-attached storage (NAS) is difficult to manage when scaling beyond the first few appliances.


Which company will save iSCSI?

You may not think iSCSI needs to be saved, what with the market's renewed attention on the IP-based storage I/O alternative to parallel SCSI, Fibre Channel, and Serial ATA. Yet we've been here before, haven't we?

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Volume 7
Issue issue-8
August 2003