Industry News and Analysis

MaXXan enters storage switch market
February 26, 2003 -- MaXXan Systems recently announced an "intelligent switching platform" that promises to move storage intelligence (applications) from hosts and subsystems into the storage network fabric. Production shipments are expected at the end of March.
Sun launches N1-enabled blade system
February 19, 2003 -- Sun Microsystems recently announced the Sun Fire Blade Platform, the company's first server blade system with Network One (N1) software -- the N1 Provisioning Server 3.0 Blades Edition, which virtualizes a rack of blades as though they were one system. It also announced network-attached storage (NAS) optimized for blades, as well as a disk array and two tape products targeted at the entry-level market.
CA simplifies SAN design
February 12, 2003 -- Computer Associates officials say that its acquisition of key assets of Netreon, a provider of storage area network (SAN) software, will be instrumental in furthering CA's vision of end-to-end storage management.
EMC takes aim at HDS
February 3, 2003 -- Billing it as the company's most significant announcement in the last decade, EMC earlier today introduced the long-awaited Symmetrix DMX line of disk arrays, formerly referred to as Symm 6. According to analysts, EMC may have hit the home run that it needs to jump ahead of the current performance leader, Hitachi Data Systems.
OPNET adds FC support for virtual network analysis
February 1, 2003 -- Building on its foundations in IP and server modeling, OPNET Technologies is offering an alternative to costly "test-bed" approaches used for validating infrastructure architectures and predicting application performance in storage network scenarios.
Sun acquisitions bolster N1 strategy
February 1, 2003 -- Sun Microsystems is launching pilot programs for selected customers with products from Pirus Networks and Terraspring, companies it recently acquired to build out its N1 strategy.
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Understanding disk-to-disk backup
February 1, 2003 -- End users are increasingly looking for alternatives to traditional backup-and-restore methods, and disk-to-disk backup is looking more and more promising as a way to combat shrinking backup windows.
What's hot, and what's not
February 1, 2003 -- One of our cover stories this month ("Analysts share 2002-03 storage perspectives") is based on a poll of some leading storage consultants and analysts. Among other things, we asked them to rank storage technologies........
Veritas moves into applications management
February 1, 2003 -- With its recent acquisition of Jareva Technologies and its pending acquisition of Precise Software, Veritas is expanding beyond its storage-centric roots into application performance management (APM).
LeftHand Networks delivers IP SAN
February 1, 2003 -- LeftHand Networks recently began shipping an IP-based storage area network (SAN) solution that leverages existing Ethernet networks and provides high-end management capabilities without using Fibre Channel or iSCSI, according to company claims.
The truth about tape: The market, opportunities, future
February 1, 2003 -- When it comes to change, IT administrators are notoriously resistant.
IBM, HP first to resell Cisco storage switches
February 1, 2003 -- Last month, Cisco signed up IBM as the first major OEM of its MDS family of Fibre Channel and multi-protocol switches and directors.
Business Briefs
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Applying storage intelligence to backup operations
February 1, 2003 -- Organizations spend millions of dollars on data backup systems and subsystems and millions more each year attempting to manage these systems to ensure the availability of mission-critical data.
Analysts share 2002-03 storage perspectives
February 1, 2003 -- If one thing stands out from a recent InfoStor survey, it's the general lack of consensus among industry analysts and consultants over the relative importance of end-user storage concerns and the priority end users should assign to various storage technologies.
Consolidation simplifies storage infrastructures
February 1, 2003 -- Data warehousing, data mining, CRM, ERP, e-business, databases, e-mail.
EMC recharges midrange NAS
February 1, 2003 -- Cranking up its focus on the midrange network-attached storage (NAS) market, EMC is leveraging its high-end Clariion gateway technology in its new midrange NAS device, the NS600, which offers high-end features and high availability at a relatively low cost, according to analysts.
IP SANs leverage existing technology
February 1, 2003 -- End users and storage integrators find themselves in a quandary these days.
EMC takes aim at HDS
February 1, 2003 -- Billing it as the company's most significant announcement in the last decade, EMC earlier this month introduced the long-awaited Symmetrix DMX line of disk arrays, formerly referred to as Symm 6.
Keeping pace with trends in 2003
February 1, 2003 -- Which technologies will be hot in 2003, and how should I prioritize my spending and evaluation resources?