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Smart software, switches, HBAs, and even smarter storage arrays render the notion of direct-attached storage absolutely dumb.
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At its annual CA World conference—which attracted about 10,000 customers and partners—in late May, Computer Associates presented its strategy for information life-cycle management (ILM) product delivery.
Within the next two months, Copan Systems is expected to begin production shipments of its Serial ATA-based Revolution 200T RAID array, which was originally announced in April.
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IBM last month took what some analysts say are significant steps forward in its virtualization strategy with the 2.1 release of TotalStorage SAN File System (SFS).
In a recent survey conducted by Gartner Research, 64% of small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) said they backed up their data on-site, not off-site for disaster-recovery purposes.
While vendors such as Cisco, Brocade, Maranti, and McData continue to focus on first-generation intelligent switch platforms, four-year-old start-up MaXXan this month began shipments of its second-generation switch platform—the MXV500 Intelligent SAN Switch.
NAS is finally getting a stronger foothold into data centers, as more early SAN adopters within Fortune 1000 companies plan to increase the amount of storage capacity they put on NAS, according to an extensive end-user survey conducted by TheInfoPro, a research firm based in New York City.
Host bus adapter (HBA) and switch vendors are expected to usher in 4Gbps Fibre Channel products late this year or early next year, a move that will make 4Gbps an interim speed before the industry takes on the major forklift transition to 10Gbps Fibre Channel.
Enterprise content management and storage management come together in information life-cycle management.
Members of the ASNP as well as industry analysts narrowed a field of hundreds of product submissions down to five finalists in each of six categories, and <i>InfoStor</i>'s end-user readers and the ASNP membership (all end users) voted on the winners in each category.
End-user adoption of SAN management software has been slow, but advances such as integration with SRM may improve the picture.
The goal is to decrease the manual, repetitive, error-prone steps that are typically required to provision storage.