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CA lays out ILM road map
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
EMC headlines recent product introductions
To the Editor
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
Storage management should take its cues from asset management.
Softek flies solo
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.
IBM swims downstream with 'baby Shark'
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?
A Microsoft storage executive makes the case for smaller businesses moving to SANs&mdash;Fibre Channel or iSCSI.
FC SAN vendors target SMBs
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
SNIA's storage management standard promises to facilitate the integration of both hardware and software.
Disk-to-disk backup: Buyer beware
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?
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.
Building a SAN for SMBs, part I
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
When it comes to provisioning, 3PAR appears to have all the bases covered&mdash;and then some.
Who's using IP Storage, and why?
SNIA's IP Storage Forum explains the potential benefits of IP Storage and presents case studies of early adopters.