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Industry News and Analysis

<B>Crosswalk software aimed at mid-market</B>
November 22, 2004 -- Start-up Crosswalk Inc. is targeting the "M" part of the SMB (small to medium-sized business) market with storage management software that is based on a unique (at least in the midrange market, according to analysts) knowledge base engine.
NetApp moves toward storage grid
November 17, 2004 -- Network Appliance earlier this week announced the 7G version of its Data ONTAP operating system and, in doing so, marked a significant milestone in its pursuit of a storage grid architecture, according to analysts.
CommVault rolls out next-gen software
November 8, 2004 -- With the release of its second-generation QiNetix platform this month, CommVault is taking further steps to differentiate its software from traditional backup-and-recovery applications as well as specialized storage management suites from a variety of vendors, including AppIQ and CreekPath.
SNW wrap-up
November 3, 2004 -- In a follow-up to last week's e-newsletter, which covered a number of product announcements from Storage Networking World, here are a few more announcements from last week's conference.
IBM strengthens disk platforms
November 1, 2004 -- Focuses on partitioning, virtualization
StorageTek acquires Storability
November 1, 2004 -- Expands, re-brands disk arrays
SNIA road map sets course for ILM
November 1, 2004 -- The Data Management Forum plans to clear the confusion surrounding information life-cycle management.
New Products
November 1, 2004 --
NAS-SAN fusion: Windows vs. Linux; Building a SAN for SMBs, part 5
November 1, 2004 -- We compare a NAS-SAN gateway based on Microsoft's Windows Storage Server 2003 to a file server running SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9.
Microsoft eyes data-protection market
November 1, 2004 -- Microsoft has signaled its intent to jump further into the storage market with the announcement of a continuous disk-based replication and recovery product.
McData router consolidates storage area network islands
November 1, 2004 -- McData recently extended it SAN router line with the announcement of the 16-port Eclipse 2640, which can link heterogeneous SANs.
Iron Mountain to acquire Connected
November 1, 2004 -- Iron Mountain last month announced its intent to acquire Connected Corp., a provider of online backup-and-recovery products and services, in an all-cash transaction valued at about $117 million.
InfiniBand holds promise for HPC environments
November 1, 2004 -- Q: In a previous column, you discussed the challenges of providing storage to high-performance computing (HPC) clusters. How does InfiniBand enable storage for HPC clusters?
EMC picks up Dantz
November 1, 2004 -- EMC recently acquired Dantz Development Corp., a 20-year-old provider of backup-and-recovery software for the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market, to the tune of about $50 million.
Gateways bring NAS into the data center
November 1, 2004 -- NAS gateways converge SAN and NAS, enabling storage consolidation and a single pool of storage to manage
Disk-to-disk-to-tape backup alternatives, part 2
November 1, 2004 -- D2D2T devices can be categorized as appliances, disk libraries, or virtual tape systems, all of which are viable solutions.
Disk-based WORM eases compliance issues
November 1, 2004 -- Compliance Series: Part 3
CreekPath upgrades software
November 1, 2004 -- CreekPath Systems recently released an enhanced version of its storage management suite that includes a new active multi-path management capability as well as features that make the software more scalable.
Consortium focuses on information sharing
November 1, 2004 -- Twenty-eight vendors representing a cross section of companies in the telecommunications, government, military, aerospace, and IT industries banded together recently to create the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC), a collaborative forum that plans to build a global network environment that promotes information sharing and interoperability.
Cisco extends SANs
November 1, 2004 -- In what company officials billed as its most significant storage announcement of the year, Cisco recently released a number of products and enhancements in the MDS 9000 line of switches and software, most of which were related primarily to improving SAN extension.
Business Briefs
November 1, 2004 --
Backup/archiving survey: Tape still dominates
November 1, 2004 -- The second in a series of articles on backup-related issues reveals end-user trends in tape and disk strategies.
2D or not 2D: That is no longer the question
November 1, 2004 -- There seems to be little doubt that disk-to-disk (D2D) backup/recovery is the hottest trend in the storage industry today.
Survey reveals users' storage priorities
November 1, 2004 -- TheInfoPro (TIP) is in the process of completing Wave 4 of its bi-annual study of the storage networking and storage management markets based on in-depth interviews with hundreds of Fortune 1000 and mid-market companies in North America, as well as European storage professionals.