Compaq Partners for Online PC Backup December 19, 2001
-- In the wake of Sept. 11, data backup has taken the spotlight as end users realize the necessity of backing up mission-critical data. While PC vendors have long chanted the backup mantra, Compaq recently entered into a co-licensing and co-marketing agreement with Connected, a Framingham, MA-based PC data protection and management company.
NetApp Announces NAS Backup Device December 12, 2001
-- In further evidence of a developing trend toward backup to disk (as part of a disk-to-disk-to-tape scheme), Network Appliance this week announced the NearStore family of network-attached storage (NAS) devices for backup consolidation. However, NetApp is not committing to a firm delivery schedule, other than saying that it will be available 'in the first half of 2002.'
SPC Releases 'Standard' Benchmark for Disk Arrays December 5, 2001
-- At the Computer Measurement Group Conference this week in Anaheim, CA, the Storage Performance Council announced the SPC-1 benchmark, a standardized test to measure the performance of disk subsystems. According to Leah Schoeb, SPC chairperson and a staff engineer at Sun, the benchmark is designed for both disk array manufacturers and end users.
To IP or not to IP? December 1, 2001
-- By now, most IT storage professionals understand the potential advantages of building a storage network based on good ol' IP (as opposed to Fibre Channel): lower cost, use of existing personnel and expertise, easier management, etc. The question is no longer <i>why</i> or <i>how</i> you should use IP; it's <i>when</i>
StorageQuest breaks down DAS, NAS barriers December 1, 2001
-- With all the talk of Fibre Channel and storage area networks (SANs), it's easy to lose sight of the fact that, to date, less than one-quarter of all companies have actually implemented SANs
SRM vendors expand features, platforms December 1, 2001
-- Several software developers recently unveiled new versions of their products in the fast-growing storage resource management (SRM) market
SNIA, Infinity I/O launch FC-SAN certification December 1, 2001
-- Storage networking professionals can now take an exam to become certified in Fibre Channel-storage area networks (FC-SAN) with a program developed by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and training provider Infinity I/O.
NuView tackles Dfs storage management December 1, 2001
-- Houston-based NuView says it is making it easier for users and IT administrators to manage storage resources in Windows environments, specifically files residing on network-attached storage (NAS) devices
LeftHand Networks combines NAS, SAN December 1, 2001
-- This month, Boulder, CO-based LeftHand Networks began shipments of a RAID device that combines block-level (storage area network) and file-level (network-attached storage) I/O over Ethernet
New Products December 1, 2001
-- Brocade has begun shipping to its OEMs a 2Gbps Fibre Channel switch, dubbed the SilkWorm 3800, that is based on the company's Intelligent Fabric Services Architecture
From DAS/NAS/SAN to 'utility-class storage' December 1, 2001
-- A new class of storage system is on the horizon, and it may eliminate the drawbacks associated with direct-attached storage, network-attached storage, and storage area networks
Dell, IBM, Compaq expand NAS options December 1, 2001
-- Three of the largest storage vendors continue to push the price/capacity/feature envelope in network-attached storage (NAS) with their latest entries in the midrange market, a space that low-end NAS leader Snap Appliances entered last month (see InfoStor, November 2001, p. 8)
Compaq, HP take 'virtual' steps December 1, 2001
-- Recent product news out of Compaq and Hewlett-Packard has sparked some interesting discussion not only about the two companies' virtualization plans, but about the eventual role that various virtualization levels-server, fabric, and storage system-will ultimately play in end users' storage environments.
Business Briefs December 1, 2001
-- <b>Exabyte</b> and <b>Ecrix</b> have finalized their merger, enabling Exabyte to serve the lucrative tape storage automation, high-performance, and large volume "DDS replacement" markets
Bandwidth vs. latency in SAN extensions December 1, 2001
-- Within the data center, SAN throughput is driven by link bandwidth, but as SANs are extended over distance, latency must be factored in
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