Industry News and Analysis

STA outlines SCSI road map
June 1, 2000 -- Showing that the venerable interface still has plenty of life left, the SCSI Trade Association recently outlined the next two generations of the specification. The current generation is Ultra160 SCSI, with a theoretical maximum transfer rate of 160MBps.
SAN delivers six-month payback for Showtime
June 1, 2000 -- In-house ad agency uses a storage area network and file-sharing software to double productivity (while reducing staff).
SAN assurance testing
June 1, 2000 -- Validate interoperability, performance, and fail-over scenarios with SAN assurance testing.
RAID, Fibre Channel reach optical storage
June 1, 2000 -- New technologies may open up new application areas, but user acceptance is expected to be slow.
Startup challenges FC hub vendors
June 1, 2000 -- With interoperability and management issues still being resolved, many storage system providers prefer to deploy SANs in smaller, more manageable steps.
Storage and networking converge (but that doesn't mean that NAS = SAN)
June 1, 2000 -- Recent events have had us scrambling to locate our dusty "How Networks Work" textbook, and calling our colleagues on network-specific publications.
Ultra160 SCSI defines new performance level
June 1, 2000 -- Three key features differentiate the new standard from its predecessors.
Ultra 160 SCSI enters the limelight
June 1, 2000 -- Benchmark tests on Quantum and Seagate drivers, and Adaptec and QLogic controllers, reveal impressive performance gains.
StorNet and Vangard to merge
June 1, 2000 -- Storage integrators StorNet Inc. and Vangard Technology have agreed to merge their respective businesses. While terms of the agreement were not disclosed, the companies combined for more than $160 million in 1999 revenues.
Storage software continues to thrive
June 1, 2000 -- It's a good time to be a storage software vendor. Buoyed by Internet-driven data growth and an overall IT personnel shortage, 1999 worldwide revenues from storage software licenses rose 47% over 1998, from $2.9 billion to $4.2 billion, according to a recent report from Dataquest.
RAID benchmarking workload analysis
June 1, 2000 -- Tips on benchmarking RAID arrays with testing tools and simulated workloads that reflect actual workloads.
QLogic to acquire Ancor
June 1, 2000 -- QLogic last month announced plans to purchase Fibre Channel switch vendor Ancor Communications in an approximately $1.7-billion stock swap. Officials at Aliso Viejo, CA-based QLogic say the acquisition will enable them to broaden their Fibre Channel product line while positioning the company to address future market issues and technologies.
Gadzoox, Lucent forge FC-over-IP links
June 1, 2000 -- Gadzoox Networks and Lucent Technologies are partnering to develop a specification that will enable the transmission of Fibre Channel traffic over Inter-net Protocol (IP) networks, such as Gigabit Ethernet.
Compaq adds SAN building blocks
June 1, 2000 -- Compaq has continued its methodical storage area network (SAN) product and services rollout by shipping new management tools and hardware devices that add to its growing number of building blocks for heterogeneous SANs.
Business Briefs
June 1, 2000 -- OTG Software has acquired xVault Inc.; Last month, CommVault Systems and Microsoft extended an alliance; Fujitsu Siemens recently selected Adaptec's SmartRAID VI Decade controllers; and more.
Backup strategies for NAS and SAN
June 1, 2000 -- A distributed backup approach may provide advantages in network-attached storage and storage area network environments.
I/O architecture: From PCI to InfiniBand
June 1, 2000 -- The successor to the PCI bus is based on a switched-fabric architecture that provides a number of I/O advantages.
IBM, Cisco propose SCSI over TCP/IP
June 1, 2000 -- Nishan sketches SoIP SAN plan. Without fanfare, IBM and Cisco Systems have submitted to the Internet Engineering Task Force a proposed standard for running SCSI over TCP/IP networks.
New Products
June 1, 2000 -- Intel ships Ultra160 SCSI RAID controller; LSI ships high-end array; Gadzoox enters FC-SCSI router fray; and more.
Make way for "data-aware" SAN appliances
June 1, 2000 -- Second-generation SANs may include intelligent "appliances" that improve performance while simplifying deployment.
It's time for SAN appliances
June 1, 2000 -- For years, a simple concept has plagued end users and systems integrators who have valiantly tried to implement storage area network (SAN) technology: How do I keep one system from stomping all over the file system of another?
Imation to provide Jiro code
June 1, 2000 -- Imation and Sun Microsystems have announced a co-development plan that calls for Imation to develop Jiro-based management software for Sun's network storage products.
Adaptec pushes "EtherStorage" spec
June 1, 2000 -- Paralleling an effort by IBM and Cisco (see story on this page), Adaptec has submitted to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) a proposed standard for running SCSI-over-TCP/IP networks such as Gigabit Ethernet.