Industry News and Analysis

Legato shores up portfolio with OTG acquisition
February 27, 2002 -- Legato Systems says its planned acquisition of OTG Software, a developer of data storage, data access, and e-mail management software, will result in tangible benefits for end users as early as next quarter. The combined company will reportedly unveil a detailed integration plan and product road map at the close of the deal, which could be as early as May.
Intel ships iSCSI host adapter
February 20, 2002 -- Next month, Intel is expected to begin shipments of a Gigabit Ethernet adapter that is optimized for iSCSI storage applications, enabling the creation of IP-based storage area networks (SANs). According to International Data Corp., the iSCSI market is expected to ramp up later this year, growing to almost $2.5 billion by 2005. Eventually, iSCSI is expected to provide an alternative to Fibre Channel at the low end of the SAN market.
Netreon addresses low-cost SAN management
February 13, 2002 -- Recently spun off from parent corporation Peerless Systems, Netreon is eyeing the midrange storage area network (SAN) market--a segment it claims has not been serviced by more-established SAN management software vendors.
StorageNetworks bets on software
February 6, 2002 -- StorageNetworks put another feather in its software and services cap with a contract win from IT services company EDS, but it also hopes the contract will make a strong impact on the network storage management software market.
Introduction to storage virtualization: Definitions and benefits
February 1, 2002 -- An in-depth look at virtualization approaches as well as in-band and out-of-band and other solutions
Tips on enterprise storage management
February 1, 2002 -- IT managers should focus on heterogeneity, centralization, snapshots/replication, and storage virtualization.
Tape vendors fight back
February 1, 2002 -- New, more-powerful drives on the horizon
Software turns PC servers into NAS
February 1, 2002 -- One-year-old San Francisco-based Mountain View Data (MVD) has created a software kit that allows OEMs to turn a standard PC server into a network-attached storage (NAS) appliance that supports Windows, Unix, and Macintosh files in addition to offering high-end features such as snapshots
New Products
February 1, 2002 -- Inrange Technologies recently began a "controlled introduction" of a 256-port Fibre Channel director-class switch, which is part of the company's IN-VSN FC/9000 family
New optical drive, media boost capacity
February 1, 2002 -- Within the next quarter, TDK will ship a 2GB CD-RW burner with a custom MultiLevel (ML) integrated circuit (IC) built into the drive
Network storage options: FC vs. IP
February 1, 2002 -- This year, IP will emerge as an alternative to Fibre Channel for building storage area networks, presenting end users with new options
NDMP acceptance growing
February 1, 2002 -- The Network Data Management Protocol (NDMP) is expected to gain a stronger foothold in the end-user community as several vendors plan to ship products compliant with the latest Version 4.0 specification over the next quarter
Make way for the Serial ATA interface
February 1, 2002 -- The new disk drive interface is designed for PCs as well as low-end servers and network-attached storage file servers
How to implement a network storage policy
February 1, 2002 -- Establishing formal storage policies can help you get a grip on storage resource allocation and capacity usage
Interoperability: What it is and what users really want
February 1, 2002 -- Interoperability encompasses many layers, including conformance to standards, component-level interoperability, and end-to-end system interoperability.
Holographic storage on the horizon
February 1, 2002 -- The race is on to commercialize holographic data storage technology. However, products may still be a few years away
Former SSPs target backup/recovery
February 1, 2002 -- While storage service providers (SSPs) have shrugged off the SSP business model and label, they are focusing on backup-and-recovery services, which provide one-half to two-thirds of all SSP revenue, according to Adam Couture, senior analyst at the Gartner Inc. consulting firm, in San Jose, CA
EMC at the crossroads: Wide-eyed over WideSky
February 1, 2002 -- EMC faces a challenge equaled only by its assault on IBM's hegemony in the mainframe storage market a long time ago
Early adopters make the case for virtualization
February 1, 2002 -- Despite a strong push by nearly a dozen vendors to promote the technology and an almost year-long media/analyst campaign to educate users about its varied benefits, storage virtualization has yet to gain a solid footing in the IT community
DVD-RAM, DVD-R find a home in healthcare
February 1, 2002 -- Advantages include low cost, media removability and durability, and random access
Continuous replication enhances tape backup
February 1, 2002 -- Disk-to-disk replication can offload the backup process from production servers
Business Briefs
February 1, 2002 -- <b>Vixel</b> and <b>BlueArc</b> have signed an OEM agreement, whereby BlueArc's Si7500 Storage System will incorporate Vixel's Fibre Channel switches to provide high-speed connectivity and path redundancy between servers and storage arrays
Beyond backup: Ensuring data protection
February 1, 2002 -- The name of the game isn't backup and recovery; it's data protection
Why you need storage resource management
February 1, 2002 -- An independent analyst defines SRM and its benefits to IT administrators tasked with strategic storage planning