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Acopia, a two-year-old start-up in Lowell, MA, is among a growing list of vendors that have come to market with network-based products designed to address common problems with file server and NAS environments (e.g., difficult management, poor utilization, and scalability).
Veritas acquires Invio
This month, CNT began a rollout of its next generation of director-class storage networking switches.
EMC recently added more protocol support to its Centera content-addressed storage (CAS) system so that customers can archive data generated from applications that have not been integrated with Centera.
Next month, Hewlett-Packard is expected to ship its StorageWorks Scalable File Share (SFS) to technical customers in high-performance computing (HPC) environments.
Storage Technology recently added a new backup monitoring and automation software tool that can be used with its L-Series and StreamLine tape libraries (including the recently released StreamLine SL500 and SL8500), a move that fits into the company's larger goal of becoming a player in the information life-cycle management (ILM) market.
Despite all the talk about disk-based backup, the tape industry appears to be on a minor rebound after three years of decline.
But homegrown code still prevalent
But reliability concerns remain
Business Continuity Planning
New methods of backup and restore are needed to meet today's complex requirements.
HIPAA stakes are high: Penalties for non-compliance include personal civil and/or criminal penalties to $250K and up to 10 yrs. in prison per incident.
End users should consider new techniques such as "stretching" clusters, backup-to-disk with remote replication and de-duplication, remote mirroring, and virtual machines.
It's not just about backup anymore. It's about a confluence of data protection, disaster recovery, and business continuity.
Integrating storage resource management (SRM) tools with backup/recovery software streamlines the overall backup process.
We anxiously await each "wave" of TheInfoPro's end-user survey results, which are the most comprehensive storage-specific IT surveys we've seen.