Industry News and Analysis

CA lays out ILM road map
May 26, 2004 -- At its annual CA World conference this week, which attracted about 10,000 customers and partners, Computer Associates (CA) presented its road map for information life-cycle management (ILM) product delivery. To differentiate, or distance, itself from some of its more storage-centric competitors, CA executives emphasized the non-storage elements of ILM.
Software turns Windows servers into iSCSI targets
May 17, 2004 -- Start-up String Bean Software, in Montgomery Village, MD, is taking a unique approach to iSCSI storage area networks (SANs) with its WinTarget software, which enables any Windows server with local disk to be treated as an iSCSI target--including network-attached storage (NAS) filers based on Windows Storage Server 2003. The software is targeted at small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
Signiant takes on remote data
May 12, 2004 -- Signiant, a provider of software and services for remote data protection, this week announced several enhancements, including a new release of its flagship Mobilize platform and a suite of remote data management products that can be layered on top of the platform to improve remote backup.
Softek flies solo
May 3, 2004 -- Ending speculation about the company's future ownership, Fujitsu Software Technology Corp. (Fujitsu Softek) recently completed a management-led buyout from parent company Fujitsu Ltd.
Microsoft adds NAS, SAN features
May 1, 2004 -- Microsoft recently released to its OEMs a feature pack for Windows Storage Server 2003 that will enable companies to use Windows-based network-attached storage (NAS) filers in Exchange Server environments.
What are the options for cluster-based file sharing?
May 1, 2004 -- What is the best way to provide file sharing for a Linux-based cluster that will start with 1,000 nodes and grow from there?
Vendors inch toward fabric-based intelligence
May 1, 2004 -- Fabric-based intelligence (i.e., running storage applications on switches) wasn't center stage at last month's Storage Networking World (SNW) conference, but it wasn't off-stage either—reflective perhaps of the generally high interest in the emerging technology among end users.
Users rate D2D backup top priority
May 1, 2004 -- EMC headlines recent product introductions
To the Editor
May 1, 2004 -- This letter is in response to "D2D backup success depends on software" (see <i>InfoStor</i>, March 2004, p. 48).
Take a top-down approach to storage management
May 1, 2004 -- Storage management should take its cues from asset management.
Softek flies solo
May 1, 2004 -- Ending speculation about the company's future ownership, Fujitsu Software Technology Corp. (Fujitsu Softek) last month announced a management-led buyout from parent company Fujitsu Ltd.
New Products
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IBM swims downstream with 'baby Shark'
May 1, 2004 -- At last month's Storage Networking World conference and exhibition, IBM fleshed out its enterprise-class disk system family with the announcement of a lower-cost version of its TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server (ESS) 800 "Shark" array.
Is it time for SMB storage area networks?
May 1, 2004 -- A Microsoft storage executive makes the case for smaller businesses moving to SANs&mdash;Fibre Channel or iSCSI.
FC SAN vendors target SMBs
May 1, 2004 -- A number of research reports have indicated that the growth of storage area networks (SANs) in large enterprises is leveling off, while the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market represents a potentially huge, untapped market.
Everything you need to know about SMI-S
May 1, 2004 -- SNIA's storage management standard promises to facilitate the integration of both hardware and software.
Disk-to-disk backup: Buyer beware
May 1, 2004 -- Faced with shrinking backup windows, time-intensive, or outdated tape architectures, and increasingly stringent service level agreements (SLAs) that require rapid restores, many IT storage professionals are evaluating disk-based architectures to solve their backup problems.
Can SANs penetrate SMBs?
May 1, 2004 -- Last month (see "It's a good time to be an SMB," April, p. 6), I commented on storage vendors' renewed interest in the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market and how they're lowering prices and putting easy-to-use features in storage area network (SAN) products to gain traction in this space.
Business Briefs
May 1, 2004 --
Building a SAN for SMBs, part I
May 1, 2004 -- Should small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) move to a SAN fabric to satisfy their storage needs? The advantages are significant, but have the costs in money and labor diminished sufficiently?
3PAR streamlines provisioning
May 1, 2004 -- When it comes to provisioning, 3PAR appears to have all the bases covered&mdash;and then some.
Who's using IP Storage, and why?
May 1, 2004 -- SNIA's IP Storage Forum explains the potential benefits of IP Storage and presents case studies of early adopters.