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News Analysis Trends

3PAR advocates 'thin provisioning'

At least one vendor would like you to buy fewer disks. Hoping to solve the common "allocated-but-unused capacity" problem, 3PAR has introduced Thin Provisioning in the latest release of its InForm operating software.

Auto-provisioning rises to top of user 'wish list'

Auto-provisioning may sound too good to be true, but it isn't. A variety of products are available to help end users streamline the time-consuming and tedious task of provisioning resources (e.g., heterogeneous disk arrays) within storage area networks (SANs), and many more are on the way.

Distributors report low demand for iSCSI

Storage distributors say demand for iSCSI products remains weak for several reasons, including lack of products, perceived performance limitations, interoperability concerns, and a general lack of understanding about the potential benefits of iSCSI in the reseller and end-user communities.

Easing e-mail management headaches

E-mail is one of IT's greatest challenges from both a management and data-protection standpoint. And that's no surprise given the fact that businesses are sending more than 2.75 trillion e-mails per year, according to the Gartner consulting firm.

Overland enters disk-based backup market

Overland Storage recently took further steps to expand beyond its tape backup business with the announcement of its first disk-based backup appliances—the REO Series B2000 and R2000.

Start-up claims low-cost replication

This month, San Jose-based Kashya began shipments of a data replication product that includes a full range of replication options for linking heterogeneous storage systems over long distances.

The last–and first–SSP calls it quits

StorageNetworks, which pioneered the ill-fated storage service provider (SSP) market, recently succumbed when its board of directors approved a plan to liquidate the company after failing to find a buyer after an extensive search.

Users look forward to fabric-based intelligence

Despite the fact that the technology will not be available from major vendors until next year, end users are surprisingly interested in running storage applications in fabrics, as opposed to hosts or storage subsystems.

XIOtech introduces 'storage clustering'

Disk array vendor XIOtech recently introduced what analysts say is a unique architecture that essentially decouples controllers and disk arrays on a Fibre Channel storage network.

Features

Are TOEs a panacea for backup performance?

The challenge of ever-shrinking backup windows for exponentially growing data is expanding beyond central data centers to departments across most corporations.

Extending storage over WANs

The distributed nature of IT and a heightened concern for disaster recovery and business continuity have combined to make it common today for enterprises to connect their data storage over distance. Virtually any size organization recognizes the need to have at least one copy of its data in a location outside its main data center.

Guidelines for ensuring storage security

IT managers have always been concerned about the security of their systems. Originally, the focus was on physical security, limiting access to mainframes through swipe cards and providing audit trails though sign-in sheets.

Business Continuity Planning

Are you ready for a 'recovery disaster?'

Cataclysmic events are often required to permanently change human behavior and cultures. Even corporate cultures can be slow to adapt without a sufficient catalyst. The terrorist attacks in 2001 caused an immediate, serious assessment by nearly every IT organization of their disaster preparedness.

Data protection still comes first

The overriding sentiment among end users at this spring's Storage Networking World conference was delight that the vendor community hadn't introduced any new acronyms since the fall conference.

Business Briefs

Editorial

Business continuity still on center stage

This issue includes the second installment in our four-part special series on business continuity and disaster recovery. BC/DR has always been a top IT priority at large organizations. And two years ago this month, it became a priority for all organizations.

Snia On Storage

IP storage: The year in review

This has been an exciting year for IP storage, as the industry has gone from protocols to standards-based interoperable products and end-user deployments. This article reviews progress to date and previews what to expect over the next six months.

New Products

News Bytes

Opinion

SATA, not SAS, will shake things up

Most IT managers are familiar with author Clay Christensen and his concept of "disruptive technologies." He has shown in numerous case studies how new, "good-enough" technologies can disrupt mature, high-margin industries.

Special Report

SRM lays the groundwork for storage management

According to the Gartner consulting firm, storage resource management (SRM) software includes functions such as capacity and performance reporting and analysis, capacity/performance management automation, storage provisioning, storage management product integration, and application integration.

Reader I O

Tape- vs. disk-based backup, part III

There are a number of really snazzy backup technologies on the market today, and a number of other options will soon be available.

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Volume 7
Issue issue-9
September 2003