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Industry News and Analysis

Vendors rev up next-gen LTO drives
With the final Linear Tape-Open (LTO) Ultrium Generation 3 specification in hand, LTO technology partners (and competitors) Certance, Hewlett-Packard, and IBM this summer got the nod to begin testing their LTO-3 tape drives in preparation for shipment later this year.
Microsoft eyes backup market
Microsoft this week signaled its intent to jump further into the storage market with the announcement of a continuous disk-based backup-and-recovery product. However, its Data Protection Server (DPS) will not be available until at least the second half of 2005.
CA emphasizes integration
In what the company billed as its most significant product introduction since the launch of its BrightStor platform in 2001, Computer Associates this week introduced 13 product updates and a new automation platform--BrightStor Process Automation Manager.
IBM (re)-enters iSCSI array market
In mid-2001, IBM became the first major disk subsystem vendor to introduce an iSCSI-based disk array. The 200i was subsequently pulled from the market, reportedly due to performance issues and lack of end-user interest in iSCSI. Last week (three years later), IBM re-entered the market with the introduction of the entry-level TotalStorage DS300, which supports the iSCSI protocol and scales up to 4.2TB.
HDD channels sales soft in Q3
The channel is experiencing softer than seasonal demand this quarter in hard-disk-drive sales, particularly in the US and Asia, but the situation began to stabilize at the end of August, according to a report from equity research firm Needham and Company.
Small studio requires huge storage
Cry Havoc uses disk arrays based on the latest generation of the venerable SCSI disk drive interface for high capacity and high performance.
Visual effects studio sticks with DAS
Although the trend is toward networked storage configurations such as SAN and NAS, Stargate Digital is sticking with direct-attached storage.
Veritas to integrate backup, replication
Ships Storage Replicator 3.0
Users receive a compliance wake-up call
A joint study recently conducted by AIIM, the Enterprise Content Management (ECM) Association, and Kahn Consulting concludes that while organizations are making headway when it comes to information management and compliance, for the most part they are not doing enough.
The Slow Moving Industry Standard
The Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) is slowly making its way through standards committees and is starting to show up in vendors' products. Although SMI-S is laudable in every respect, I think it's important for users to take a sober view of the standard and when they'll be able to reap the benefits.
Tech Data, EMC target federal accounts
EMC and Tech Data last month expanded their distribution agreement to offer products and services to resellers and integrators targeting federal IT contracts, just in time for the end of the federal fiscal year, which ends on September 30.
SVC for MDS supports non-IBM arrays
IBM, with partner Cisco Systems, has released a new version of its TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller (SVC) software for Cisco's MDS 9000 switches.
STK enters database archiving market
StorageTek recently jumped into the database archiving market with its Life-Cycle Director software for IBM's DB2 database.
Special effects and shared file systems
The Orphanage visual effects studio leverages a shared file system and a SAN to coordinate artists and save time and money.
SNIA launches new education, certification programs
The SNIA Technology Center Institute offers vendor-neutral storage networking education for end users and storage integrators.
Nimbus joins iSCSI crowd
Intransa lowers IP SAN costs
Reporting tools address backup problems
It's no secret that backups have become a high priority among IT executives.
Quantum introduces WORM tape
But tapes can be re-used
Key benefits of Serial Attached SCSI
SAS provides a number of advantages over parallel SCSI in the areas of performance, configuration flexibility, scalability, and reliability/availability.
How secure is your storage?
According to a recent end-user survey conducted by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) consulting firm, storage security is a lingering and growing problem among companies of all sizes and across all industries.
EMC integrates ECM and storage
EMC this month will introduce a new product—EMC Documentum Content Storage Services (CSS)—that will allow its customers for the first time to define and automate storage policies for unstructured content based on the business value of that content.
EFILM relies on SANs and SATA
The production studio uses storage area networks for sharing hundreds of terabytes of digital content, and Serial ATA-based disk arrays to keep costs down.
Case Studies: SMBs turn to SANs
Whether it's Fibre Channel or iSCSI, small and medium-sized businesses are realizing that SANs make more sense than direct-attached storage.
Asigra reels in remote data
Making sure that data generated at remote locations is properly backed up can be problematic for many enterprises, especially those with multiple, distributed sites and little to no IT support to leverage.
What you need to build an iSCSI SAN
Here are some tips on what to look for in iSCSI target devices, including disk arrays, bridges, and tape libraries.