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Reader I O
What's your take on intelligent switching and the role that these types of switches should play in storage management?
There is no silver bullet for information life-cycle management yet, but users can begin to build an ILM foundation with existing products.
IP storage area networks pose challenges that may be new to network, storage, and security administrators.
A user/consultant offers his views on how storage resource management (SRM) software can help you get a grip on spiraling management costs.
News Analysis Trends
Computer Associates recently announced the general availability of BrightStor ARCserve Backup r11.
Hoping to capitalize on growing user interest in disk-to-disk backup and restore (with the emphasis on restore), Data Domain last month introduced its DD200 Restorer disk-based backup-and-recovery file server.
After months of hearing a lot about its software and significantly less about its hardware portfolio, EMC last month made one of its broadest hardware announcements to date.
Hoping to take advantage of one of the hottest segments of the network-attached storage (NAS) market—NAS-SAN gateways—IBM recently announced its high-end TotalStorage NAS Gateway 500, which will replace its midrange 300G NAS gateway.
The optical library market is expected to be flat for the next several years, say analysts, but blue-laser optical drive/library/media manufacturers are bullish on the latest technology that is set to take over where magneto-optical (MO) technology left off.
Following a long-standing trend in the IP/Ethernet switch market, QLogic last month began shipping the industry's first stackable Fibre Channel switches.
Sandial, a start-up in Portsmouth, NH, last month formally introduced its 14000 Storage Backbone Switch.
Candera, a vendor of network storage controllers, last month announced the availability of a Serial ATA-based disk appliance that it claims is nearly half the price of comparable ATA-based disk arrays from larger vendors, such as EMC's CLARiiON.
A recent survey of 100 IT professionals from a variety of companies, including Global 2000 corporations and mid-sized businesses, indicates that storage area networks (SANs) have become "mainstream," with at least one SAN deployed in four out of five of the surveyed companies, according to IT consulting firm Ashton, Metzler & Associates, in Sanibel, FL.
When it comes to backing up data, mid-tier users are often put in the position of having to either invest big dollars in enterprise-class products that are too feature-rich for their data-protection needs or settle on low-end products that can fall short of requirements.
Low-cost arrays are making disk-to-disk (D2D) backup affordable, but don't ignore the software side of the equation.
We recently completed a reader survey that in part asked you to rank your interest in a number of relatively new technologies.
Storage In The Studio
Digital asset management (DAM) tools help digital content creation (DDC) professionals control rivers of data.
For many graphics applications, disk arrays based on SATA disk drives may provide as much performance as Fibre Channel disk arrays—at half the cost.
In media environments, there's a clear trend away from direct-attached storage to network storage, which provides a number of advantages for collaborative projects.
Although most deployments are in relatively small configurations, end users report immediate benefits—and reduced costs—from IP SANs.