Vendor group advocates disk-based backup
Acknowledging that tape-based backup can be an onerous task with a number of drawbacks, a group of software and hardware vendors have banded together to form the Enhanced Backup Solutions Initiative (EBSI). Announced earlier this month at the Networld+Interop show, the group includes Atempo, Legato, Network Appliance, OTG Software, QLogic, and Quantum, which initiated the group.
Alacritech, HP boost NAS performance
A testing lab recently proved a significant increase in network-attached storage (NAS) performance using Alacritech's "integrated storage network interface card" (IS-NIC)--a derivative of the TCP/IP offload engine--and an unreleased Microsoft Windows .NET operating system paired with Hewlett-Packard's StorageWorks E7000 NAS device.
What's IBM up to with virtualization?
If you're wondering what IBM is up to with virtualization and "Storage Tank," you're not alone. Until recently, Big Blue has shared few details about its software strategy, leaving many to speculate about its plans, the nature of its virtualization product, and the fate of Storage Tank.
SNIA builds two end-user councils
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is recruiting end users to be part of its Consumer Advisory Council (CAC), one of two councils providing feedback to SNIA's vendor membership.
Is ASA Veritas' answer to EMC's Auto IS?
At its annual Vision conference this week, Veritas Software took the wraps off its new software strategy, and in doing so raised more than a few industry eyebrows. Bearing a resemblance to EMC's Auto IS, Veritas' Adaptive Software Architecture may be the company's long-awaited response to EMC's storage management strategy, according to some analysts.
Serverless backup not ready for prime time
No one would dispute the benefits of doing backup over a storage area network (SAN) versus over a local area network (LAN). Nor would anyone dispute the potential "killer app" benefits of taking the backup server out of the equation with a serverless implementation.
Veritas beefs up Windows software
Veritas' recent introduction of Windows 2000 storage software products may help Microsoft make inroads into enterprise data centers, a market space that the software giant has traditionally been unable to penetrate.
Trebia, Hifn address IP SAN security
With the promise of IP storage comes a new set of security concerns. In an effort to stay one step ahead of the IP adoption curve, storage vendors have already begun taking steps to provide end users with the necessary tools and education to build secure IP storage networks.
Survey reveals user priorities, SAN/NAS adoption rate
A recent survey of 323 IT managers at sites with more than 1TB of disk capacity, conducted by Peripheral Concepts, reveals a number of interesting conclusions regarding end users' storage priorities and the rate of adoption of storage area networks (SANs) and network-attached storage (NAS).
Scale Eight to enter NAS market
Citing limitations inherent in current network-attached storage (NAS) architectures, Scale Eight is developing an alternative NAS technology via its Distributed Storage Software (DSS), which enables large-scale single-image NAS pools that can scale to hundreds of terabytes, according to company claims.
First DAFS product debuts
Two years after launching the Direct Access File System (DAFS) initiative, Network Appliance is rolling out the first DAFS product, which will accelerate performance for IBM DB2, Oracle 8i and 9i, and Sybase database environments running on Network Appliance filers.
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ADIC merges disk, tape management
Seattle-based Advanced Digital Information Corp. (ADIC) is taking a new approach to hierarchical storage management (HSM). Leveraging its existing HSM, tape, and file-system technologies, the company has developed a storage management suite that it says will enable end users to make more-efficient use of their storage area network (SAN) resources.
1Vision eases Windows-based NAS management
1Vision believes the answer to the management problems facing Windows-based file-server and network-attached-storage (NAS) users lies with its distributed file-aggregation software: vNAS Pro/Enterprise. The software is one of several virtualization products under development that specifically address the NAS market.
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