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.
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.
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.
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?
SNIA road map sets course for ILM
November 1, 2004 -- The Data Management Forum plans to clear the confusion surrounding information life-cycle management.
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.
StorageTek acquires Storability
November 1, 2004 -- Expands, re-brands disk arrays
IBM strengthens disk platforms
November 1, 2004 -- Focuses on partitioning, virtualization
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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