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Industry News and Analysis

SNW provides product launching pad
Virtually all storage vendors chose this week's Storage Networking World (SNW) conference in Orlando, FL, to make their Fall product introductions and refreshes. Here's a smattering of announcements from the first couple days of the show.
Channel survey upbeat for Q4
Last week, Thomas Weisel Partners (TWP) released results of its quarterly survey of the storage channel, and indications point to increased revenues in the fourth quarter.
IBM strengthens disk platforms
IBM recently countered disk array announcements from Hitachi Data Systems (and resellers Hewlett-Packard and Sun) with two introductions of its own-the TotalStorage DS6000 and DS8000 families.
StorageTek acquires Storability
Storage Technology Corp. recently gobbled up business partner Storability, an ailing start-up that helped StorageTek procure 30 customers with its enterprise storage resource management (ESRM) software, which now will be used to help the tape company morph into an information life-cycle management (ILM) player.
Q4 looks good for storage channel
The Robert W. Baird & Co. investment firm interviewed more than 40 VARs (server/ storage/infrastructure software) at the end of last month and concluded that while financial results for the third quarter were generally in line with expectations, the outlook for the fourth quarter was more positive than normal seasonality would imply.
McData router consolidates SAN islands
McData recently extended it SAN router line with the announcement of the 16-port Eclipse 2640, which can link heterogeneous SANs. McData officials claim interoperability with switches/directors from all of the company's competitors, including Brocade, Cisco, CNT, and QLogic. Like its existing routers, the 2640 is based on technology that McData acquired in its purchase of Nishan Systems last year.
SRM becomes a priority
Three years ago, most of Jim Damoulakis' clients wanted to discuss technology comparisons, such as which vendor had the better disk array or which switch was superior.
Lower prices top FC HBA trends
It's not often that discernable trends occur in the host bus adapter (HBA) market, but a number of factors are driving developments that will come as good news to end users, particularly those at small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) that have been hesitant to adopt SANs due to high costs and complexity.
Network file management solves NAS problems
NFM solutions address file serving and NAS challenges such as file management, scalability, and utilization.
Users shift to disk-based backup
An end-user survey underlines the trend toward disk-to-disk backup and the reasons why.
Storage consolidation strategies for Microsoft Exchange
There are a number of storage options for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to get a grip on burgeoning e-mail systems.
Users adopt WAFS for WAN file transfers
A number of companies have implemented a relatively new category of products that one consulting firm—the Taneja Group—refers to as wide area file services (WAFS) appliances, which significantly speed up file transfers over WANs.
Intelligence in the fabric: Myth or reality?
Despite lack of adoption, an end-user survey shows that storage professionals would prefer to run applications in the fabric vs. hosts or disk arrays.
Vendors rev up next-gen LTO drives
Certance expected to ship first
Veritas acquisition adds e-mail archiving
Veritas' recent $225 million acquisition of UK-based KVS Inc. fills a hole in Veritas' e-mail archiving product line, say analysts.
IT organizations focus on compliance
A recent survey conducted by the Forrester research firm suggests that technology decision-makers are paying significantly more attention to regulatory compliance today than they were a year ago.
IBM (re)-enters iSCSI array market
In mid-2001, IBM became the first major disk subsystem vendor to introduce an iSCSI-based disk array.
In this issue . . .
We tapped a number of smart industry analysts this month to help us out with the wide range of topics covered in our features section.
IBM lowers NAS-SAN gateway prices
IBM's recently introduced Total-Storage NAS Gateway 500 is a single-processor configuration designed for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and remote offices.
Highlights from Storage Networking World
SMI-S becomes an ANSI INCITS standard and is on its way to ISO standardization.
HDS takes aim at EMC, IBM
Virtualization approach stirs debate
EMC strengthens channel relationships
EMC's new "EMC Select Program" signals a subtle but significant change in its relationship with resellers and other partners-a move that analysts say reflects CEO Joseph Tucci's vision of moving the company away from its direct sales, hardware-centric business model toward a more partner-centric approach.
EMC extends NAS family
Adds iSCSI support
Disk-to-disk-to-tape vs. replication, part 1
An evaluation of various data-protection solutions shows that IT organizations should consider a combination of technologies.
CA focuses on integration
In what the company billed as its most significant product introduction since the launch of its BrightStor platform in 2001, Computer Associates last month introduced 13 product updates and a new automation platform-BrightStor Process Automation Manager.
Building security into storage networks
For Ted Barlow, chief security officer at McAfee, a provider of security products for networking and computer environments, security was an integral part of the SAN implementation process.
Building a SAN for SMBs, part 4: Turning shared blocks into shared files
Hewlett-Packard's NAS 9000 provides a NAS-SAN fusion that combines the best of both worlds.
What applications require higher-speed Fibre Channel?
Some applications are constrained by today's 1Gbps/2Gbps Fibre Channel SANs, and 4Gbps, 8Gbps, or 10Gbps connections may be the answer.