Industry News and Analysis

Hitachi mixes SATA, FC drives
June 29, 2004 -- This month, Hitachi Data Systems began offering an "intermix" drive option for its Thunder 9500 V Series disk arrays that allows users to mix Serial ATA (SATA) and Fibre Channel disk drives in a single array. Analysts expect similar announcements from a variety of vendors over the coming months as SATA drives continue to play an increasingly central role in both backup/recovery and compliance-related applications.
EMC taps ADIC for tape libraries
June 21, 2004 -- The company that once prophesized that tape was a dying technology has now signed an agreement with Advance Digital Information Corp. to resell ADIC's Scalar tape libraries.
MaXXan upgrades intelligent switches
June 15, 2004 -- While vendors such as Cisco, Brocade, Maranti, and McData continue to focus on first-generation intelligent switch platforms, four-year-old start-up MaXXan this month began shipments of its second-generation switch platform--the MXV500 Intelligent SAN Switch.
Who needs 4Gbps Fibre Channel?
June 7, 2004 -- Host bus adapter (HBA) and switch vendors are expected to usher in 4Gbps Fibre Channel products late this year or early next year, a move that will make 4Gbps an interim speed before the industry takes on the major transition to 10Gbps Fibre Channel.
Brocade squares off against McData, Cisco
June 2, 2004 -- Brocade still has the lion's share of the Fibre Channel fabric switch market, but the company has struggled in the high-end director-class segment against competitors Cisco and McData. However, Brocade's SilkWorm 24000 director may at least level the playing field, although it's not expected to give Brocade any clear-cut competitive advantages, according to analysts.
SATA, PATA, FATA, SCSI, SAS, FC
June 1, 2004 -- According to our reader surveys, you're very interested in trends such as disk-to-disk backup/restore, tiered storage, fixed-content storage, and other nearline applications.
SATA blurs the lines between desktop and enterprise
June 1, 2004 -- Serial ATA is somewhere between 'desktop' ATA and 'enterprise' SCSI and Fibre Channel disk drives, but will drive makers continue to classify (and price) disk drives based on interface technology?
Signiant takes on remote data
June 1, 2004 -- Signiant, a provider of software and services for remote data protection, recently 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.
SAN security: Are you prepared?
June 1, 2004 -- SNIA's Storage Security Industry Forum provides guidelines for ensuring storage network security.
Roadblocks to implementing storage SLAs
June 1, 2004 -- Service level agreements are the key to information life-cycle management (ILM) and tiered storage.
Users, vendors combine NAS, iSCSI
June 1, 2004 -- News from NetApp, Snap, FalconStor, String Bean Software
What <i>is</i> information life-cycle management?
June 1, 2004 -- It's all about putting data at the right place, at the right time.
Veritas bangs 'continuous computing' drum
June 1, 2004 -- But integration still poses challenges
Replication options multiply
June 1, 2004 -- It used to be that if you wanted to replicate data you had to do it at the array level using proprietary products such as EMC's SRDF, Hitachi Data Systems' XRC, or IBM's PPRC. But users' needs have changed, and vendors have responded.
Tech preview: Serial-Attached SCSI + PCI Express
June 1, 2004 -- Later this year you will be able to combine Serial-Attached SCSI and PCI Express to maximize server-storage performance.
Symantec moves into storage, systems management
June 1, 2004 -- Symantec, a leading supplier of security software and services, last month created a new business division tasked with solving users' end-to-end security management problems.
ILM: Separating hype from reality
June 1, 2004 -- Information life-cycle management has suffered from vendor hype, but by understanding ILM fundamentals you can realize operational benefits.
DCT joins 'CAS pack'
June 1, 2004 -- Belgium-born DataCenter Technologies (DCT) this month announced its entry into the increasingly crowded content- addressed storage (CAS) market with its DCT Content Director software.
Business Briefs
June 1, 2004 --
Building a SAN for SMBs, part 2
June 1, 2004 -- How to go from boxed HBAs and switches to a fully functional, fault-tolerant SAN in 30 minutes.
Brocade squares off against McData, Cisco
June 1, 2004 -- Brocade still has the lion's share of the Fibre Channel fabric switch market, but the company has struggled in the high-end director-class segment against competitors Cisco, McData, and, to a lesser degree, CNT.
EMC focuses on ILM
June 1, 2004 -- Not surprisingly, information life-cycle management (ILM) was front and center at the EMC Technology Summit last month.
Guidelines for implementing ILM
June 1, 2004 -- An industry analyst provides tips on setting up a sound information life-cycle management strategy and avoiding the next client/server trap.
New Products
June 1, 2004 --
IBM continues software integration push
June 1, 2004 -- IBM recently announced its TotalStorage Productivity Center with Advanced Provisioning, in a move to integrate more automation capabilities into its storage management portfolio.
Hitachi expands software capabilities
June 1, 2004 -- Drawing from its seven-month partnership with AppIQ, a provider of storage area management software, Hitachi Data Systems last month made several enhancements to its software lineup, including the addition of two more jointly developed products.
Policies align IT with business units
June 1, 2004 -- Strategic, tactical, and operational policies must be in place for IT managers and various business units to work cooperatively toward their respective goals.