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An alternative to host/array-based volume management
December 1, 2002 -- Storage administrators continually face the challenges of volume management, which stem from a number of inherent limitations in disk technology...
iSCSI emerges as a viable SAN option
December 1, 2002 -- In the "religious wars" that have raged in recent years, iSCSI (or IP storage) has often been positioned as a panacea that will stretch familiar open systems technology around the model of Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs) and make storage easy, cheap, and more manageable.
Time for a management standards 'reality check'
December 1, 2002 -- At the Storage Networking World show in October, 19 vendors banded together to show end users that it is possible to manage a multi-vendor storage area network (SAN) using a common interoperable interface, or backbone, based on the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMIS), formerly known as Bluefin.
SNIA SSF seeks user, integrator input
December 1, 2002 -- When developing interoperable storage systems supported by major vendors, the Supported Solutions Forum (SSF) was lacking one thing this past year: end-user input.
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Microsoft touts 'SAN friendliness'
December 1, 2002 -- A major highlight of the storage features that will debut next year with Microsoft Windows .NET Server will be its storage area network (SAN) support, including flexible volume mounting, "boot-from-SAN" capability, optimized drivers for Fibre Channel, and enhanced host bus adapter (HBA) management.
Making the case for real-time backup
December 1, 2002 -- Many different factors are compelling storage administrators to re-evaluate traditional backup software architectures.
iSCSI and Fibre Channel will co-exist
December 1, 2002 -- The storage industry's primary mandate is to ensure data is stored safely and retrieved accurately.
Brocade to acquire Rhapsody
December 1, 2002 -- Brocade is expected to finalize its acquisition of Rhapsody Networks next month, in an all-stock transaction that was estimated at approximately $175 million (based on Brocade's stock price at the time of the announcement).
IBM boosts NAS performance
December 1, 2002 -- Midrange network-attached storage (NAS) got another performance kick when IBM recently announced support for Alacritech's 1000x1 Gigabit Ethernet Server and Storage Accelerator, also known as a TCP/IP offload engine (TOE), for its latest NAS devices.
HP muscles into ARM market
December 1, 2002 -- It's no longer a question of who has an automated resource management (ARM) product, but who doesn't—or more importantly, who has the richest capability.
Entry-level NAS race heats up
December 1, 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.
Disk-based backup options multiply
December 1, 2002 -- End users are increasingly turning to disk for faster, more efficient, and more reliable backup and restore, and vendors are responding (see figure).
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Vendors, users tackle storage networking security
December 1, 2002 -- Storage networking is emerging as the leading technology for managing data.