Industry News and Analysis

CA rolls out new ARCserve release
January 27, 2004 -- Computer Associates this week announced the general availability of BrightStor ARCserve Backup r11. Company officials say that highlights of the latest version of the software include support for Microsoft's Virtual Shadow Copy Service (VSS), Windows Powered NAS and Windows Storage Server 2003, and a Microsoft Exchange agent that allows for document-level backup and restore.
SANRAD, Xiran ship iSCSI products
January 20, 2004 -- After three years of fits and starts and false expectations, some analysts predict that 2004 will finally be The Year of iSCSI. Although end-user adoption is still miniscule, the rate of iSCSI product introductions is picking up, mostly from relatively new players. Two of the more recent iSCSI introductions came from SANRAD and Xiran (and Adaptec is expected to introduce external iSCSI disk arrays next week).
Veritas acquires Ejasent
January 13, 2004 -- Veritas is expected to finalize its $59 million acquisition of virtualization technology start-up Ejasent at the end of the month. Mountain View, CA-based Ejasent specializes in application virtualization, and Veritas plans to use the technology to enhance its own product line.
MaXXan sees early traction in DR applications
January 7, 2004 -- MaXXan claims it is beginning to gain some traction with its intelligent switching platform, particularly in the area of disaster recovery.
Serial ATA to take off in 2004
January 2, 2004 -- Few disk drive interfaces have generated the buzz that Serial ATA (SATA) is generating. And based on drive shipment predictions, it's easy to understand why.
ONStor delivers SAN-based file services
January 1, 2004 -- Start-up ONStor claims its SF4400 "SAN filer" addresses users' top network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN) issues, including backup, load balancing, clustering, return on investment (ROI), management, and performance.
New Products
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Serial ATA activity heats up
January 1, 2004 -- Few disk drive interfaces have generated the buzz that Serial ATA (SATA) is generating.
NetApp, Veritas push DLM, D2D backup
January 1, 2004 -- This quarter, Network Appliance's alliance with Veritas will yield integrated products targeting data life-cycle management (DLM) and regulatory compliance as the result of an expanded partnership announced last August.
NetApp furthers 'storage-grid' vision
January 1, 2004 -- Network Appliance is continuing to move forward with the storage grid strategy it outlined in November when it announced the acquisition of Spinnaker Networks.
Technical implications for iSCSI deployment
January 1, 2004 -- Issues include performance, high availability, interoperability, manageability, and scalability.
Veritas ports VM to Cisco switches
January 1, 2004 -- But will users buy in?
The ABCs of ILM
January 1, 2004 -- Information life-cycle management (ILM), or data life-cycle management, is quickly becoming one of the storage industry's most overused and abused terms.
Maranti touts 'application-aware controllers'
January 1, 2004 -- More than a year after it was expected to begin shipments, start-up Maranti Networks last month released its CoreSTOR Adaptive Storage Services Platforms, which the company generically refers to as network storage services controllers.
Solving information life-cycle management challenges
January 1, 2004 -- ILM boils down to classifying data based on its relative business value and then putting the data on the most appropriate storage resource.
Snapshots enhance the power of replication, Part III
January 1, 2004 -- Software-based point-in-time copies, or snapshots, enable a number of benefits, including replication between heterogeneous storage systems.
I-L-M, buy-from-me, M-O-N-E-Y
January 1, 2004 -- We&mdash;and most likely <i>you</i>, too&mdash;have recently been barraged by vendors touting their information life-cycle management (ILM) strategies, products, visions, and snake oil.
Cloverleaf targets large SAN/NAS shops
January 1, 2004 -- Cloverleaf Communications has begun shipments of an Intelligent Storage Networking (iSN) system that includes a storage administrator's wish list of software functionality.
Business Briefs
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Blade servers and storage implications, Part I
January 1, 2004 -- Blade servers may revolutionize the data center, but they bring up some new and old storage challenges.
Application-aware infrastructures ensure business continuance
January 1, 2004 -- Building storage networks that are "application-aware" enables IT organizations to enforce service levels and availability policies based on the business value of data and applications.
ExaGrid crisscrosses the competition
January 1, 2004 -- While larger and more-established vendors are knee-high in visions of utility computing, start-up ExaGrid is making final preparations for the release of its Grid Protected Storage architecture, a framework analysts say creates a utility-computing-like environment for a variety of integrated storage services.
Eye-POPing results in NAS server tests
January 1, 2004 -- FIA's Gigabit NAS server turns in impressive throughput results, but performance depends on the operating environment.
iSCSI and TCP/IP offload engines
January 1, 2004 -- TOEs relieve CPUs from protocol processing, but whether or not you need them in an iSCSI environment depends on application requirements.
iSCSI accelerates the transition to network storage
January 1, 2004 -- An examination of the potential benefits of iSCSI shows why it may be a worthy alternative (or complement) to DAS, NAS, and Fibre Channel SANs.
Gateway enters SAN, NAS markets
January 1, 2004 -- In a move that may propel the company into the competitive storage area network (SAN) market, Gateway recently announced that it will resell Hitachi Data Systems' Thunder 9500V series storage systems.
Fibre Channel update: To 4Gbps and beyond
January 1, 2004 -- Last year, the FCIA approved 4Gbps Fibre Channel for use in SAN fabrics. End-user solutions are expected in the second half of this year.
Leveraging storage resource management software
January 1, 2004 -- Users are looking beyond basic capacity monitoring and reporting to SRM functions such as chargeback, capacity planning and provisioning, and "active" management.