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News Analysis Trends

3PAR streamlines provisioning

When it comes to provisioning, 3PAR appears to have all the bases covered—and then some.

Disk-to-disk backup: Buyer beware

Faced with shrinking backup windows, time-intensive, or outdated tape architectures, and increasingly stringent service level agreements (SLAs) that require rapid restores, many IT storage professionals are evaluating disk-based architectures to solve their backup problems.

FC SAN vendors target SMBs

A number of research reports have indicated that the growth of storage area networks (SANs) in large enterprises is leveling off, while the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market represents a potentially huge, untapped market.

IBM swims downstream with 'baby Shark'

At last month's Storage Networking World conference and exhibition, IBM fleshed out its enterprise-class disk system family with the announcement of a lower-cost version of its TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server (ESS) 800 "Shark" array.

Microsoft adds NAS, SAN features

Microsoft recently released to its OEMs a feature pack for Windows Storage Server 2003 that will enable companies to use Windows-based network-attached storage (NAS) filers in Exchange Server environments.

Softek flies solo

Ending speculation about the company's future ownership, Fujitsu Software Technology Corp. (Fujitsu Softek) last month announced a management-led buyout from parent company Fujitsu Ltd.

Users rate D2D backup top priority

EMC headlines recent product introductions

Vendors inch toward fabric-based intelligence

Fabric-based intelligence (i.e., running storage applications on switches) wasn't center stage at last month's Storage Networking World (SNW) conference, but it wasn't off-stage either—reflective perhaps of the generally high interest in the emerging technology among end users.

Lab Review

Building a SAN for SMBs, part I

Should small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) move to a SAN fabric to satisfy their storage needs? The advantages are significant, but have the costs in money and labor diminished sufficiently?

Business Briefs


Can SANs penetrate SMBs?

Last month (see "It's a good time to be an SMB," April, p. 6), I commented on storage vendors' renewed interest in the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market and how they're lowering prices and putting easy-to-use features in storage area network (SAN) products to gain traction in this space.


Everything you need to know about SMI-S

SNIA's storage management standard promises to facilitate the integration of both hardware and software.


Is it time for SMB storage area networks?

A Microsoft storage executive makes the case for smaller businesses moving to SANs—Fibre Channel or iSCSI.

New Products

Analyst View

Take a top-down approach to storage management

Storage management should take its cues from asset management.

To The Editor

To the Editor

This letter is in response to "D2D backup success depends on software" (see <i>InfoStor</i>, March 2004, p. 48).

Reader I O

What are the options for cluster-based file sharing?

What is the best way to provide file sharing for a Linux-based cluster that will start with 1,000 nodes and grow from there?

Special Report

Who's using IP Storage, and why?

SNIA's IP Storage Forum explains the potential benefits of IP Storage and presents case studies of early adopters.

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Volume 8
Issue issue-5
May 2004