Industry News and Analysis

IBM hopes to hit home run with 'Blue SOX'
January 26, 2005 -- Announced earlier this week, IBM's new "Blue SOX" service is designed to relieve organizations of some of the day-to-day burdens of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance by handing off data management/storage responsibilities of certain data types to IBM Global Services.
McData 'Super Sizes'
January 19, 2005 -- Earlier this week, McData announced its intention to acquire Computer Network Technology (CNT), which is known primarily for its WAN extension products, in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $235 million. CNT also sells director-class switches, which it gained from its acquisition of Inrange Technologies in 2003, as well as a variety of other product lines.
Top mergers & acquisitions of 2004
January 11, 2005 -- We end our 2004 wrap-up with a look back at some the more significant mergers and acquisitions in the storage industry leading up to the pending Symantec-Veritas blockbuster (not covered here). A review of M&A mania in 2004 will give you a good idea of what to expect in 2005 (and may shed some light on the Symantec deal).
Top storage trends of 2004
January 4, 2005 -- As we ring in the New Year, we take a retrospective look at four technologies/trends that were--arguably--the hottest in 2004: Serial ATA (SATA), disk-to-disk (D2D) backup, compliance, and storage resource management (SRM). We rounded up news/analysis articles to provide some perspective on these topics, which promise to be among the hottest again in 2005.
Overcoming resistance to centralized storage
January 1, 2005 -- Building a storage utility center requires storage consolidation as well as cooperative partnerships.
New Products
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Point/Counterpoint
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MCI offers disk-to-disk backup services
January 1, 2005 -- Uses Avamar's D2D software
Software, services are the sweet spots
January 1, 2005 -- End-user spending in the overall storage market is expected to creep at an anemic 3.
Understanding information life-cycle management
January 1, 2005 -- A successful ILM strategy encompasses four segments: data classification, data policy, data management, and a tiered storage infrastructure.
Solving the RAID compatibility puzzle
January 1, 2005 -- SNIA's Common RAID Disk Data Format (DDF) promises to alleviate compatibility issues.
Is ILM HSM in disguise?
January 1, 2005 -- Q: ILM and HSM seem like the same thing. What's the difference between them?
Say hello to Symantec, the new Veritas
January 1, 2005 -- Last year, EMC reached outside its traditional storage space to acquire Documentum.
HP expands 'tiered-storage' options
January 1, 2005 -- Hewlett-Packard last month expanded its storage portfolio with the introduction of three "tiered-storage" systems and a new release of its OpenView Data Protector software, which facilitates the movement of data/information among these resources.
E-mail archiving on track for rapid growth
January 1, 2005 -- It's clear that the e-mail archiving market will continue to grow rapidly over the next few years.
Consultants identify 2005 storage issues
January 1, 2005 -- Backup still a big issue
Business Briefs
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Emulex debuts next-gen embedded switches
January 1, 2005 -- It may be an apples-to-oranges comparison, but Emulex last year shipped more Fibre Channel ports than all of the fabric switch vendors combined, and that includes Brocade, Cisco, and McData.
Fabric-based replication: new option for BC/DR
January 1, 2005 -- Running applications such as replication from network-based devices provides a number of benefits, including lower costs and increased flexibility.
IBM delivers on SVC promise
January 1, 2005 -- Supports full line of EMC disk arrays
How to build a tiered storage infrastructure
January 1, 2005 -- The key is to start by classifying data to determine the business value of information.
Hitachi targets SMBs with SATA array
January 1, 2005 -- Hitachi Data Systems recently began shipping its first disk array for the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market-the Serial ATA-based Thunder 9520V Workgroup Modular Storage System.
IP SANs enable storage consolidation
January 1, 2005 -- By now, most enterprise IT groups have undergone some form of server and storage consolidation aimed at correcting problems with backups, provisioning storage, or reducing storage management burdens.