Industry News and Analysis

SNW provides product launching pad
October 27, 2004 -- 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
October 25, 2004 -- 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
October 18, 2004 -- 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
October 12, 2004 -- 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
October 12, 2004 -- 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
October 5, 2004 -- 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.
New Products
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SRM becomes a priority
October 1, 2004 -- 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.
Network file management solves NAS problems
October 1, 2004 -- NFM solutions address file serving and NAS challenges such as file management, scalability, and utilization.
Lower prices top FC HBA trends
October 1, 2004 -- 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.
IT organizations focus on compliance
October 1, 2004 -- 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.
Vendors rev up next-gen LTO drives
October 1, 2004 -- Certance expected to ship first
Veritas acquisition adds e-mail archiving
October 1, 2004 -- Veritas' recent $225 million acquisition of UK-based KVS Inc. fills a hole in Veritas' e-mail archiving product line, say analysts.
What applications require higher-speed Fibre Channel?
October 1, 2004 -- Some applications are constrained by today's 1Gbps/2Gbps Fibre Channel SANs, and 4Gbps, 8Gbps, or 10Gbps connections may be the answer.
Intelligence in the fabric: Myth or reality?
October 1, 2004 -- 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.
Users shift to disk-based backup
October 1, 2004 -- An end-user survey underlines the trend toward disk-to-disk backup and the reasons why.
Users adopt WAFS for WAN file transfers
October 1, 2004 -- 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.
Storage consolidation strategies for Microsoft Exchange
October 1, 2004 -- There are a number of storage options for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to get a grip on burgeoning e-mail systems.
Highlights from Storage Networking World
October 1, 2004 -- SMI-S becomes an ANSI INCITS standard and is on its way to ISO standardization.
CA focuses on integration
October 1, 2004 -- 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.
Business Briefs
October 1, 2004 --
Building security into storage networks
October 1, 2004 -- 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
October 1, 2004 -- Hewlett-Packard's NAS 9000 provides a NAS-SAN fusion that combines the best of both worlds.
Disk-to-disk-to-tape vs. replication, part 1
October 1, 2004 -- An evaluation of various data-protection solutions shows that IT organizations should consider a combination of technologies.
EMC extends NAS family
October 1, 2004 -- Adds iSCSI support
IBM lowers NAS-SAN gateway prices
October 1, 2004 -- 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.
IBM (re)-enters iSCSI array market
October 1, 2004 -- In mid-2001, IBM became the first major disk subsystem vendor to introduce an iSCSI-based disk array.
HDS takes aim at EMC, IBM
October 1, 2004 -- Virtualization approach stirs debate
EMC strengthens channel relationships
October 1, 2004 -- 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.
In this issue . . .
October 1, 2004 -- 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.