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Reader I O

Being smart about 'intelligent' switches?

What's your take on intelligent switching and the role that these types of switches should play in storage management?


Building blocks for information life-cycle management

There is no silver bullet for information life-cycle management yet, but users can begin to build an ILM foundation with existing products.

Network security implications of IP SANs

IP storage area networks pose challenges that may be new to network, storage, and security administrators.

Tame the storage management beast with SRM

A user/consultant offers his views on how storage resource management (SRM) software can help you get a grip on spiraling management costs.

Business Briefs

News Analysis Trends

CA rolls out new ARCserve release

Computer Associates recently announced the general availability of BrightStor ARCserve Backup r11.

Data Domain banks on compression for D2D

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.

EMC goes on hardware binge

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.

IBM beefs up NAS-SAN gateway

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.

Optical libraries adopt blue lasers

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.

QLogic stacks SAN switches

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 emphasizes SAN performance, QoS

Sandial, a start-up in Portsmouth, NH, last month formally introduced its 14000 Storage Backbone Switch.

Start-up ships low-cost SATA appliance

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.

User survey: SANs becoming mainstream

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.

Veritas focuses on mid-tier backup

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.


D2D backup success depends on software

Low-cost arrays are making disk-to-disk (D2D) backup affordable, but don't ignore the software side of the equation.


D2D, iSCSI, SATA peak readers' interest

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

DAMming the flow

Digital asset management (DAM) tools help digital content creation (DDC) professionals control rivers of data.

Serial ATA means low-cost storage

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.

Studios move to network storage

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.

Special Report

iSCSI attracts early adopters

Although most deployments are in relatively small configurations, end users report immediate benefits—and reduced costs—from IP SANs.

New Products

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Volume 8
Issue issue-3
March 2004