Industry News and Analysis

SPC releases I/O benchmark
July 11, 2000 -- The Storage Performance Council (SPC), an independent consortium of storage hardware and software vendors, recently released for industry review a hard disk-based subsystem benchmark.
Shugart to enter testing market
July 1, 2000 -- Next month, Irvine, CA-based Shugart Technology Inc. (STI) will enter the market for storage testing tools with the introduction of the first in a series of test, monitoring and analysis software suites, FIBREcalc and SCSIcalc. STI was founded in late 1998
SAN/NAS Q&A with Steve Duplessie
July 1, 2000 -- The following Q&A session was excerpted from an online chat session hosted by searchstorage.com, a Web-based search engine site for storage-related articles and information
Next-gen tape battles: Exabyte's Mammoth-2
July 1, 2000 -- For the next generation of enterprise-class tape systems, the battle lines are being drawn among LTO, backed by HP, IBM, and Seagate; SuperDLT, backed by Quantum; and Mammoth-2, backed by Exabyte
SRM feature check list
July 1, 2000 -- Before you commit your entire Web storage to an e-storage service, make sure it has built these storage resource management (SRM) features into its storage infrastructure
RAID cost/performance trade-offs
July 1, 2000 -- Buyers face a plethora of choices in interfaces, with Fibre Channel making inroads on the front end of high-performance RAID arrays and SCSI continuing to dominate at the drive level
SSPs bring new service models
July 1, 2000 -- Today's IT shops suffer from several storage-related maladies, with symptoms such as relentless capacity and access demands, a significant skills shortage, and complex storage network implementations
Veritas virtualizes storage Compaq's VersaStor due next year
July 1, 2000 -- Veritas Software recently introduced SANPoint Control storage virtualization software, representing the first storage area network (SAN) management suite to emerge from its V3 initiative announced last Fall
With e-services, SRM takes many directions
July 1, 2000 -- Web hosting services. Internet service providers. Net sourcers. How do these e-services providers manage server availability, storage growth, and capacity optimization?
Three models for SAN-based data sharing
July 1, 2000 -- In the last of a three-part series, we delve into installable file system approaches to data sharing.
Sun re-enters NAS market
July 1, 2000 -- Sun Microsystems, a pioneering network-attached storage (NAS) vendor, re-entered the NAS server market last month by introducing the StorEdge N8000 filer line, which supports the NFS and CIFS protocols
StorNet and Vangard to merge
July 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
New Products
July 1, 2000 -- Targeting network-attached storage (NAS) leader Network Appliance, LSI Logic last month unleashed its N-Series line of NAS servers, which can scale from 54GB to more than 17TB using 73GB Seagate disk drives
IBM re-focuses SAN strategy
July 1, 2000 -- IBM continues to move forward in its plan to dramatically change the way it goes to market with its storage area network (SAN) products. Under the leadership of Linda Sanford, the recently appointed general manager of the Storage Systems Division
Business Briefs
July 1, 2000 -- Last month, <B>MTI Technology</B> and <B>Veritas Software</B> announced some joint development and certification agreements, including marketing and development programs designed to enhance MTI's DataServices software in areas such as data replication, backup, and data management
Compaq launches storage utility services
July 1, 2000 -- As more startup storage service providers (SSPs) continue to dot the landscape, a more familiar vendor, Compaq Computer, has launched its own storage utility
Brocade, Cisco team on SAN-IP-SAN connectivity
July 1, 2000 -- Last month, the leader in Fibre Channel switches and the leader in IP switching teamed up in a multi-phased technology development agreement that will enable IT shops to interconnect storage area networks (SANs) over IP-based metropolitan and wide area networks
Benefits of SAN-based file system sharing
July 1, 2000 -- Software that allows users to share file systems in storage area network environments may reduce total cost of ownership
Appliances ease SAN implementation, management
July 1, 2000 -- A growing number of vendors are jumping on the SAN appliance bandwagon. These hardware-software devices, sometimes referred to as storage domain managers, are designed to simplify building and managing heterogeneous storage area networks by creating a virtual storage pool
CrosStor unifies NAS and SAN
July 1, 2000 -- CrosStor Software Inc. (formerly Programmed Logic Corp.) recently announced "CrosStor SAN," OEM software that provides an extension to the company's widely deployed "CrosStor NAS" technology
Disaster recovery planning strategies
July 1, 2000 -- Electronic vaulting can save time and money while ensuring data protection.
HP adds to XP arrays
July 1, 2000 -- Earlier this month, Hewlett-Packard added to its high-end XP disk array line when it started shipping the HP SureStore e XP512 array, which provides heterogeneous storage and server consolidation and a link between legacy mainframes and open systems
Hierarchical storage management: the basics
July 1, 2000 -- HSM software can reduce labor costs and total cost of ownership by automatically handling data migration and demigration.
HarvardNet relies on homegrown SRM
July 1, 2000 -- Building homegrown storage resource management (SRM) tools has helped New England's major provider of digital subscriber lines (DSL) to grow and to maintain its flagship business-Web hosting
Focus on SAN management
July 1, 2000 -- For the past year or two, the main impediments to implementing storage area networks (SANs), according to users, have been high cost of entry, lack of interoperability, and lack of SAN management tools
MTI partners with Veritas
July 1, 2000 -- MTI Technology and Veritas Software have announced a broad marketing and development partnership under which MTI will integrate a number of Veritas' software packages into its line of Vivant storage servers