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News Analysis Trends

Brocade squares off against McData, Cisco

Brocade still has the lion's share of the Fibre Channel fabric switch market, but the company has struggled in the high-end director-class segment against competitors Cisco, McData, and, to a lesser degree, CNT.

DCT joins 'CAS pack'

Belgium-born DataCenter Technologies (DCT) this month announced its entry into the increasingly crowded content- addressed storage (CAS) market with its DCT Content Director software.

EMC focuses on ILM

Not surprisingly, information life-cycle management (ILM) was front and center at the EMC Technology Summit last month.

Hitachi expands software capabilities

Drawing from its seven-month partnership with AppIQ, a provider of storage area management software, Hitachi Data Systems last month made several enhancements to its software lineup, including the addition of two more jointly developed products.

IBM continues software integration push

IBM recently announced its TotalStorage Productivity Center with Advanced Provisioning, in a move to integrate more automation capabilities into its storage management portfolio.

Replication options multiply

It used to be that if you wanted to replicate data you had to do it at the array level using proprietary products such as EMC's SRDF, Hitachi Data Systems' XRC, or IBM's PPRC. But users' needs have changed, and vendors have responded.

Signiant takes on remote data

Signiant, a provider of software and services for remote data protection, recently announced several enhancements, including a new release of its flagship Mobilize platform and a suite of remote data management products that can be layered on top of the platform to improve remote backup.

Symantec moves into storage, systems management

Symantec, a leading supplier of security software and services, last month created a new business division tasked with solving users' end-to-end security management problems.

Users, vendors combine NAS, iSCSI

News from NetApp, Snap, FalconStor, String Bean Software

Veritas bangs 'continuous computing' drum

But integration still poses challenges

Lab Review

Building a SAN for SMBs, part 2

How to go from boxed HBAs and switches to a fully functional, fault-tolerant SAN in 30 minutes.

Business Briefs


Guidelines for implementing ILM

An industry analyst provides tips on setting up a sound information life-cycle management strategy and avoiding the next client/server trap.

Policies align IT with business units

Strategic, tactical, and operational policies must be in place for IT managers and various business units to work cooperatively toward their respective goals.

Tech preview: Serial-Attached SCSI + PCI Express

Later this year you will be able to combine Serial-Attached SCSI and PCI Express to maximize server-storage performance.


ILM: Separating hype from reality

Information life-cycle management has suffered from vendor hype, but by understanding ILM fundamentals you can realize operational benefits.

What <i>is</i> information life-cycle management?

It's all about putting data at the right place, at the right time.

New Products

Analysts View

Roadblocks to implementing storage SLAs

Service level agreements are the key to information life-cycle management (ILM) and tiered storage.

Snia On Storage

SAN security: Are you prepared?

SNIA's Storage Security Industry Forum provides guidelines for ensuring storage network security.

Special Report

SATA blurs the lines between desktop and enterprise

Serial ATA is somewhere between 'desktop' ATA and 'enterprise' SCSI and Fibre Channel disk drives, but will drive makers continue to classify (and price) disk drives based on interface technology?



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Volume 8
Issue issue-6
June 2004