Industry News and Analysis

Start-up acquires EMC technology for tape virtualization
November 26, 2002 -- Framingham, MA-based start-up Diligent Technologies has acquired EMC's Israel-based R&D facility that specializes in developing software--including tape virtualization products that are currently on the market as an EMC brand--and other technologies Diligent plans to commercialize over the next nine months.
Entry-level NAS race heats up
November 20, 2002 -- Network-attached storage (NAS) vendors are targeting small to mid-sized businesses that want increased capacity and performance beyond what typical entry-level NAS has delivered in the past. This month, several vendors announced products to meet these users' needs.
Automated networked storage drives business value
November 13, 2002 -- IT organizations (ITOs) increasingly view storage as a strategic differentiator for existing and new applications.
Users support SNIA's SAN certification program
November 12, 2002 -- It's no secret that implementing and managing storage area networks (SANs) can be challenging. Leading SAN vendors have training programs, but one drawback to those programs is that they're not exactly vendor-neutral. That's one reason why the Storage Networking Industry Association (<a href="http://www.snia.org">www.snia.org</a>) established the SNIA Fibre Channel SAN certification program.
Microsoft touts 'SAN friendliness'
November 6, 2002 -- A major highlight of the storage features that will debut next year with Microsoft's .NET Server will be its storage area network (SAN) support, including flexible volume mounting, boot-from-SAN, optimized drivers for Fibre Channel, and enhanced host bus adapter (HBA) management.
Providing storage intelligence with automated policies
November 1, 2002 -- Finding an enterprise storage management (ESM) software vendor that doesn't claim to have automated policy management today is difficult.
Quantum spins off NAS business
November 1, 2002 -- Citing a need to concentrate on its data-protection line, Quantum recently spun off its network-attached storage (NAS) business into a new company called Snap Appliance Inc.
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Start-ups address end-user pain points
November 1, 2002 -- A trio of newcomers is attempting to break through the cacophony of start-up announcements with products they claim address common shortcomings of mainstream alternatives.
Sun acquires Pirus, furthers N1 strategy
November 1, 2002 -- With its upcoming acquisition of hybrid switch maker Pirus Networks, Sun Microsystems is rounding out its Network One (N1) strategy for combining data resources into a single system.
Storage network security options expand
November 1, 2002 -- Keeping data secure is a top priority for IT managers these days, and typical network security measures may not be enough.
Network Appliance enters SAN market
November 1, 2002 -- Network Appliance recently entered the storage area network (SAN) market with the FAS900&mdash;a fabric-attached storage device that combines network-attached storage (NAS) and SAN functionality in one box.
Start-up feeding frenzy will benefit users
November 1, 2002 -- According to PriMetrica Inc. (www.storagewatch.com), 190 storage vendors&mdash;the majority being start-ups&mdash;have received funding over the last two years.
Spinnaker takes on EMC, NetApp
November 1, 2002 -- Spinnaker Networks, a Pittsburgh-based start-up, is looking to take on EMC and Network Appliance with its first network-attached storage (NAS) product&mdash;SpinServer 3300&mdash;which leverages a distributed file system for scaling up to 512 servers.
Distributed file systems enhance NAS
November 1, 2002 -- Forrester Research studies show that storage management can cost a company seven times the original equipment outlay&mdash;a fact that every IT manager understands all too well by now.
Business continuity planning and technologies
November 1, 2002 -- When critical business data is lost, every minute that goes by means missing information, lost revenue opportunities, and perhaps even the closing of a department or company.
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ARM software saves time, money
November 1, 2002 -- If you're acquainted with the ARM acronym, then you know why the industry is buzzing about it and why vendors are racing to bring such products to market.
Applications-centric path to managing storage
November 1, 2002 -- A popular practice of storage vendors is to use statistical data to hype the implementation of an architectural model like storage area network (SAN) or the acquisition of a particular product such as a storage management application.
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Consultants urge IT to build strategic storage plans
November 1, 2002 -- While some IT shops have built strategic storage plans, analysts say the adoption rate should be much higher, especially among mid-sized and large companies about to embark on large storage investments (e.g., a storage area network) or those looking to standardize their storage environments.
Is serverless backup your best bet?
November 1, 2002 -- Only a few months ago, serverless backup was viewed a silver bullet of networked storage.
EMC CTO speaks out about AutoIS, openness, and more
November 1, 2002 -- In the midst of one of EMC's longest and broadest product announcement cycles on record, CTO Mark Lewis sat down with InfoStor to address questions about the company's future course.
Disk-to-disk increases backup-and-restore speeds
November 1, 2002 -- Fast backup and recovery of data has been facilitated by two recent developments: disk-to-disk backup/recovery and "data typing," in which applications and data types are prioritized by importance to improve business continuance.
Microsoft pushes storage strategy
November 1, 2002 -- Microsoft is continuing to fine-tune its storage strategy.