Table of Contents

Features

Application-aware infrastructures ensure business continuance

Building storage networks that are "application-aware" enables IT organizations to enforce service levels and availability policies based on the business value of data and applications.

Blade servers and storage implications, Part I

Blade servers may revolutionize the data center, but they bring up some new and old storage challenges.

Fibre Channel update: To 4Gbps and beyond

Last year, the FCIA approved 4Gbps Fibre Channel for use in SAN fabrics. End-user solutions are expected in the second half of this year.

iSCSI accelerates the transition to network storage

An examination of the potential benefits of iSCSI shows why it may be a worthy alternative (or complement) to DAS, NAS, and Fibre Channel SANs.

Snapshots enhance the power of replication, Part III

Software-based point-in-time copies, or snapshots, enable a number of benefits, including replication between heterogeneous storage systems.

Solving information life-cycle management challenges

ILM boils down to classifying data based on its relative business value and then putting the data on the most appropriate storage resource.

Technical implications for iSCSI deployment

Issues include performance, high availability, interoperability, manageability, and scalability.

Business Briefs

News Analysis Trends

Cloverleaf targets large SAN/NAS shops

Cloverleaf Communications has begun shipments of an Intelligent Storage Networking (iSN) system that includes a storage administrator's wish list of software functionality.

ExaGrid crisscrosses the competition

While larger and more-established vendors are knee-high in visions of utility computing, start-up ExaGrid is making final preparations for the release of its Grid Protected Storage architecture, a framework analysts say creates a utility-computing-like environment for a variety of integrated storage services.

Gateway enters SAN, NAS markets

In a move that may propel the company into the competitive storage area network (SAN) market, Gateway recently announced that it will resell Hitachi Data Systems' Thunder 9500V series storage systems.

Maranti touts 'application-aware controllers'

More than a year after it was expected to begin shipments, start-up Maranti Networks last month released its CoreSTOR Adaptive Storage Services Platforms, which the company generically refers to as network storage services controllers.

NetApp furthers 'storage-grid' vision

Network Appliance is continuing to move forward with the storage grid strategy it outlined in November when it announced the acquisition of Spinnaker Networks.

NetApp, Veritas push DLM, D2D backup

This quarter, Network Appliance's alliance with Veritas will yield integrated products targeting data life-cycle management (DLM) and regulatory compliance as the result of an expanded partnership announced last August.

ONStor delivers SAN-based file services

Start-up ONStor claims its SF4400 "SAN filer" addresses users' top network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN) issues, including backup, load balancing, clustering, return on investment (ROI), management, and performance.

Serial ATA activity heats up

Few disk drive interfaces have generated the buzz that Serial ATA (SATA) is generating.

The ABCs of ILM

Information life-cycle management (ILM), or data life-cycle management, is quickly becoming one of the storage industry's most overused and abused terms.

Veritas ports VM to Cisco switches

But will users buy in?

Lab Review

Eye-POPing results in NAS server tests

FIA's Gigabit NAS server turns in impressive throughput results, but performance depends on the operating environment.

Editorial

I-L-M, buy-from-me, M-O-N-E-Y

We&mdash;and most likely <i>you</i>, too&mdash;have recently been barraged by vendors touting their information life-cycle management (ILM) strategies, products, visions, and snake oil.

Snia On Storage

iSCSI and TCP/IP offload engines

TOEs relieve CPUs from protocol processing, but whether or not you need them in an iSCSI environment depends on application requirements.

Special Report

Leveraging storage resource management software

Users are looking beyond basic capacity monitoring and reporting to SRM functions such as chargeback, capacity planning and provisioning, and "active" management.

New Products

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Volume 8
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January 2004