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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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The challenge of ever-shrinking backup windows for exponentially growing data is expanding beyond central data centers to departments across most corporations.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
There are a number of really snazzy backup technologies on the market today, and a number of other options will soon be available.