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There seems to be little doubt that disk-to-disk (D2D) backup/recovery is the hottest trend in the storage industry today.
The second in a series of articles on backup-related issues reveals end-user trends in tape and disk strategies.
D2D2T devices can be categorized as appliances, disk libraries, or virtual tape systems, all of which are viable solutions.
News Analysis Trends
In what company officials billed as its most significant storage announcement of the year, Cisco recently released a number of products and enhancements in the MDS 9000 line of switches and software, most of which were related primarily to improving SAN extension.
Twenty-eight vendors representing a cross section of companies in the telecommunications, government, military, aerospace, and IT industries banded together recently to create the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC), a collaborative forum that plans to build a global network environment that promotes information sharing and interoperability.
CreekPath Systems recently released an enhanced version of its storage management suite that includes a new active multi-path management capability as well as features that make the software more scalable.
Compliance Series: Part 3
EMC recently acquired Dantz Development Corp., a 20-year-old provider of backup-and-recovery software for the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market, to the tune of about $50 million.
Focuses on partitioning, virtualization
Iron Mountain last month announced its intent to acquire Connected Corp., a provider of online backup-and-recovery products and services, in an all-cash transaction valued at about $117 million.
McData recently extended it SAN router line with the announcement of the 16-port Eclipse 2640, which can link heterogeneous SANs.
Microsoft has signaled its intent to jump further into the storage market with the announcement of a continuous disk-based replication and recovery product.
Expands, re-brands disk arrays
TheInfoPro (TIP) is in the process of completing Wave 4 of its bi-annual study of the storage networking and storage management markets based on in-depth interviews with hundreds of Fortune 1000 and mid-market companies in North America, as well as European storage professionals.
NAS gateways converge SAN and NAS, enabling storage consolidation and a single pool of storage to manage
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Q: In a previous column, you discussed the challenges of providing storage to high-performance computing (HPC) clusters. How does InfiniBand enable storage for HPC clusters?
We compare a NAS-SAN gateway based on Microsoft's Windows Storage Server 2003 to a file server running SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9.
Snia On Storage
The Data Management Forum plans to clear the confusion surrounding information life-cycle management.