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Industry News and Analysis

Analysts weigh in on backup, recovery issues
Before you give yourself a pat on the back for a backup-and-recovery job well done, the Enterprise Storage Group (ESG) consulting firm says you might want to take a good look at your backup plan from a business, not just a technology, perspective.
What's In Store 2004: Storage Network Infrastructure
In 2003 we saw a lot of activity in the storage network infrastructure space.
Sandial emphasizes SAN performance, QoS
Last week, start-up Sandial formally introduced its Shadow 14000 storage backbone switch. The company began initial shipments in October and claims more than 20 customers, including New Balance, First Data, and Wide Horizon.
What's in Store for 2004 - Compliance, storage, and beyond
Ok, so it may be a bit late for rolling out the "analyst's predictions for 2004," so we're not going to do that.
Veritas focuses on mid-tier backup
When it comes to backing up data, mid-tier users are often put in the position of having to either invest big dollars in enterprise-class products that are too feature-rich for their data-protection needs or settle on low-end products that can fall short of requirements.
IBM beefs up NAS-SAN gateway
Hoping to take advantage of one of the hottest segments of the network-attached storage (NAS) market--NAS-SAN gateways--IBM recently announced its high-end TotalStorage NAS Gateway 500, which will replace its midrange 300G NAS gateway. International Data Corp. (IDC) expects the market for NAS gateways to grow at a CAGR of more than 46% through 2007.
What's in Store in 2004? - Disk Storage Systems<br>Market drivers and business trends
2004 promises to be another active and transformative year in the information storage industry. We expect more mergers and acquisitons, exciting new products and partnerships, and hopefully economic growth for all.
Survey reveals user interest in D2D backup
A recent <i>InfoStor</i> reader survey reveals continued strong interest in disk-to-disk (D2D) and disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) backup technologies.
Super tape shoot-out: SDLT vs. LTO
With the introduction of the SDLT 600 the tables are turned in performance and manageability&ndash;at least for the time being.
Storage market shows signs of turnaround
IDC reports market shares
Storage execution in a time of scarcity
An executive summary from a large end-user survey reveals how IT managers are dealing with storage "pain points" within restricted budgets.
Steps for ensuring storage network security
The Storage Security Industry Forum (the security forum in SNIA) recommends a five-step review for improved storage network security.
PATA vs. SATA: Does it matter?
<p>With the buzz about Serial ATA (SATA), why are leading vendors still shipping parallel ATA-configured systems?</p>
Part II: Blade servers and storage implications
The second article in our series examines management issues, the role of blade servers in grid computing, and the impact of blades on storage.
Influx of iSCSI products continues
After three years of fits and starts and false expectations, some analysts predict that 2004 will finally be The Year of iSCSI.
NAS Market Overview: Issues and Trends
The network-attached storage market is on the verge of another wave of innovations that will at least in part solve issues such as NAS management, scalability, and convergence with SANs.
MaXXan gains traction in DR applications
MaXXan claims it is beginning to gain some traction with its intelligent switching platform, particularly in the area of disaster recovery.
iSCSI planning: Targets, availability, and security
The second article in a two-part series examines iSCSI storage subsystems, data/application availability, and security requirements.
From storage budgets to security blankets
Storage network security, network-attached storage (NAS), iSCSI planning, blade servers, super tape drives, and limited budgets.
EMC, Veritas continue acquisition sprees
Common goal is extended virtualization
BlueArc claims to eliminate NAS 'islands'
BlueArc claims it has solved the "islands-of-storage" dilemma that plagues administrators who need to scale network-attached storage (NAS) file systems.
ADIC offers iSCSI backup options
Some consultants and vendors believe backup will be the first real "killer app" for iSCSI storage area networks (SANs), just as it was for Fibre Channel SANs.
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