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SAN management software gains functionality
August 1, 2000 -- Enterprise systems/network management vendors are integrating SAN management into their frameworks to eventually provide centralized LAN/SAN monitoring and control.
New Products
August 1, 2000 -- Gadzoox FC switch priced under $3,000 * Gadzoox Networks has added two models to its Capellix 2000 series of Fibre Channel switches, with one priced less than $3,000, or $375 per port
Linking FC SANs over IP backbones
August 1, 2000 -- Existing Internet Protocol (IP)-based WANs can be used to link Fibre Channel-based storage area network "islands."
SAN virtualization options
August 1, 2000 -- Now that storage area network (SAN) "plumbing" has matured, with a wide array of Fibre Channel products, it's time to turn attention to storage virtualization
NetApp proposes DAFS file-system protocol
August 1, 2000 -- A group of storage vendors, led by Network Appliance, earlier this summer announced plans to begin work on a new file system protocol using direct, memory-to-memory file access.
Solid-state file caching boosts RAID performance
August 1, 2000 -- For some applications, solid-state disks may significantly increase performance, but preliminary I/O analysis is a must.
StorageApps enters SAN appliance market
August 1, 2000 -- StorageApps Inc. is the latest entrant in the emerging market for so-called SAN appliances, sometimes referred to as storage domain managers
Upgrading infrastructures to Fibre Channel SANs
August 1, 2000 -- The key to controlling SAN implementation costs is to reuse existing hardware and software
Storage virtualization: An overview
August 1, 2000 -- Virtualization, or abstraction, can be implemented in many ways, and in many different locations
SPC releases I/O benchmark
August 1, 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
IT gives storage outsourcing mixed reviews
August 1, 2000 -- Storage services providers (SSPs), or storage outsourcers, are cropping up on almost a weekly basis. These companies provide services that go far beyond traditional off-site backup vaulting
Shugart to enter testing market
August 1, 2000 -- This month, Irvine, CA-based Shugart Technology Inc. (STI) entered 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
IBM re-focuses SAN strategy
August 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 Subsystems Division
CrosStor unifies NAS and SAN
August 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
ECCS combines DAS, NAS, SAN
August 1, 2000 -- ECCS Inc. recently announced its SANStar network storage engine, which is designed to unify disparate data sources, whether they are based on direct-attached storage (DAS), network-attached storage (NAS), or storage area network (SAN) architectures
CreekPath enters SSP arena
August 1, 2000 -- CreekPath Systems, a spin-off from Exabyte Corp., last month jumped into the crowded storage service provider (SSP) market. The launch came two weeks after the successful initial public offering of SSP pioneer StorageNetworks Inc. (SNI)
Business Briefs
August 1, 2000 -- Morning Planet has announced an e-community Web site for the data storage industry. DataStoreX.com is designed primarily for buyers and suppliers of storage components and software
BakBone launches NetVault in North America
August 1, 2000 -- This month, BakBone Software boldly entered a market dominated by Computer Associates, Legato Systems, and Veritas Software by launching its flagship NetVault software in the North American market
Enhancing clusters with SANs
August 1, 2000 -- Storage area networks and server clusters are complementary architectures that provide combined benefits.
FCIA elects new board
August 1, 2000 -- The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) recently elected a new board of directors
IBM first to ship LTO tape
August 1, 2000 -- Steps ahead of its competitors, IBM next month will begin shipping a new class of high-capacity, high-performance Ultrium-based tape devices into midrange markets, becoming the first member of the Linear-Tape Open (LTO) consortium to lay claim to that space
IBM and Compaq unite
August 1, 2000 -- In a potential threat to EMC, IBM and Compaq last month announced an agreement to resell each other's storage software and devices (including IBM's "Shark" Enterprise Storage Servers and Compaq's StorageWorks arrays) on an OEM basis
High-performance tape rebounds slowly
August 1, 2000 -- Citing growth in traditional mainframe segments and new-found opportunity in evolving storage area network (SAN) markets, Bob Abraham, author of the Freeman Report, Performance Tape Outlook, projects unit shipments of high-performance tape drives to climb steadily over the period 2002 to 2005
HDS strikes with Freedom 9900
August 1, 2000 -- This summer saw a spate of announcements in the high-end disk array arena. Following announcements by Compaq (which will resell IBM's "Shark" arrays), EMC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Sun, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) last month
Is EMC's dominance endangered?
August 1, 2000 -- Over the course of this summer, all of the major high-end disk array vendors introduced new RAID systems, most of which were aimed squarely at EMC