Industry News and Analysis

Storage spending to increase in 2006
December 28, 2005 -- <B>December 29, 2005</B>—According to a recent survey of IT professionals conducted by Robert W. Baird & Co., end-user spending on storage will pick up steadily in 2006. For example, 78% of the survey respondents expect spending on disk storage to be the same or higher than in 2005, with 58% of the enterprises increasing spending by at least 3%.
SAN market ends year on high note
December 28, 2005 -- <B>December 28, 2005</B>—If market figures from the third quarter are any indication, the SAN market should cap 2006 on a high note. For example, according to research from the Dell'Oro Group, sales of Fibre Channel switches shot up 13% in Q3 to $348 million, eclipsing the market high in Q4 2004. Port shipments rose 14%, to almost 800,000 switch ports shipped in the third quarter.
Seagate to acquire Maxtor
December 22, 2005 -- <B>December 23, 2005</B>—Seagate Technology made a move this week to strengthen its position in the disk drive market by announcing a deal to acquire rival Maxtor in an all-stock transaction worth approximately $1.9 billion.
CommVault rounds out management suite
December 22, 2005 -- <B>December 22, 2005</B>—The introduction of IQ Ops, a software module designed for proactive data and storage operations management, marks CommVault's final announcement this quarter centered on its QiNetix 6.1 data management suite. CommVault made several announcements leading to general availability of the upgraded software suite. QiNetix 6.1 features more than 100 new features and functions.
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December 22, 2005 -- Click above for the latest storage news on Comtech AHA, Emulex, Microsoft, Neartek, Neverfail Group, and Norlight Telecommunications.
Unitrends enhances data recovery
December 21, 2005 -- <B>December 21, 2005</B>—This week, Unitrends introduced its Rapid Recovery System, which will be included in the company's Data Protection Unit (DPU) and Data Protection Vault (DPV) appliances in Q1 2006. Targeted at small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), Rapid Recovery System includes such features as Continuous System Protection and data encryption.
Attaching blade servers to SANs
December 19, 2005 -- <B>December 19, 2005</B>—It should come as no surprise that storage is no longer a stand-alone purchase. In fact, storage is now a consideration in almost every IT acquisition. And if blade servers are on your road map for 2006 you will need to consider how to work them into your existing storage infrastructure.
Dell bundles Symantec's CDP software
December 16, 2005 -- <B>December 16, 2005</B>—This week, Dell began offering integration of Symantec's continuous data protection (CDP) software with its servers, storage, and services for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The value to SMBs is the integration of the software and hardware, plus "holistic" support of the combined solution, according to Dell officials.
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December 15, 2005 -- Click above for the latest storage news on Adaptec, Asigra, FalconStor, HP, KOM Networks, Maxtor, Microsoft, ONStor, PlanetMagpie, Sonasoft Corp., and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).
BakBone adds replication
December 14, 2005 -- <B>December 14, 2005</B>—This week, BakBone introduced its second product since announcing its Integrated Data Protection (IDP) strategy in October. BakBone's NetVault: Replicator suite works in heterogeneous platform environments and integrates with NetVault backup-and-recovery software and the recently introduced Report Manager reporting software.
Software fills forecasting gap in SRM
December 13, 2005 -- <B>December 13, 2005</B>—Storage resource management (SRM) tools have become an integral part of managing networked storage environments by bringing visualization, discovery, provisioning, reporting, and a host of other capabilities to the fingertips of storage administrators. But one area of the storage management process that some SRM tools have yet to master is capacity planning and forecasting. And where there is a gap, there is a new product to fill it.
SAN spending outpaces NAS 3:1
December 9, 2005 -- <B>December 9, 2005</B>—A recent survey of 100 Fortune 1000 CIOs in the US, conducted by Citigroup, reveals a number of surprising results. For example, spending on SANs is expected to outpace NAS spending by a 3x factor over the next year. Only 15% of the CIOs surveyed expect to increase their NAS budgets this year, versus nearly triple that amount (43%) predicting an increase in SAN spending—and that's excluding switches and host bus adapters (HBAs).
Microsoft upgrades SAN, NAS features
December 8, 2005 -- <B>December 8, 2005</B>—Microsoft made good on its promise to add enhanced SAN and NAS management capabilities to its Windows Server 2003 operating system this week when it released Windows Server 2003 R2 and Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 to its partners.
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December 8, 2005 -- Click above for the latest storage news on Arrow Electronics, Decru, Digi-Data, Emulex, LSI Logic, Maxell, Maxtor, McData, Mimosa Systems, NEC Corp., Quantum, Storage Elements, Sun Microsystems, Symantec, Tandberg Data, and Xyratex.
Emulex pushes FC-SATA spec
December 7, 2005 -- <B>December 7, 2005</B>—Emulex is spearheading a potential standard, recently dubbed "FC-SATA," that is analogous to Serial Attached SCSI (SAS): Just as SAS subsystems can accommodate both SAS and Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives, FC-SATA arrays would be able to accommodate both Fibre Channel and SATA drives.
nLayers adds storage device mapping
December 6, 2005 -- <B>December 6, 2005</B>—Start-up nLayers announced the newest version of its application discovery and mapping solution this week at the Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas. nLayers InSight 4.5 introduces storage and network discovery functions for discovering, mapping, and tracking software, servers, storage, and network devices in a comprehensive view.
Sepaton upgrades VTLs
December 5, 2005 -- <B>December 5, 2005</B>—At this week's Gartner Data Center Conference in Las Vegas, virtual tape library (VTL) vendor Sepaton announced a doubling of the processing power in its S2100-ES2 disk-based backup appliances and an increase in the number of tape drives and libraries supported by each appliance.
Iron Mountain to acquire LiveVault
December 2, 2005 -- <B>December 2, 2005</B>—Iron Mountain continued its transformation from a paper-based records protection company to an online backup service provider this week by announcing that it has inked a $50 million deal to acquire LiveVault, a disk-based online backup-and-recovery services provider for small and medium-sized businesses and remote offices.
Do you understand CDP?
December 2, 2005 -- <B>December 2, 2005</B>—When International Data Corp. (IDC) research analysts Rhoda Phillips and Natalya Yezhkova started researching continuous data protection (CDP) technology a year ago, they began by categorizing solutions according to whether they were software- or appliance-based.
CommVault enhances ILM
December 1, 2005 -- <B>December 1, 2005</B>—CommVault made the second in a series of three product announcements today, leading toward the general availability later this month of a major upgrade to its QiNetix data-protection and management software suite. Today's announcement concentrates on information lifecycle management (ILM) for large environments and consists of three enhancements to the QiNetix DataMigrator module.
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December 1, 2005 -- Click above for the latest storage news on Arsenal Digital Solutions, Diogenes Analytical Laboratories, Eastman Kodak, Exanet, IBM, InTechnology, Konan Digital, NetEx, NTT Communications, Promise, Sepaton, Serial ATA International Organization, Symantec, Vision Solutions, Verio, and WysDM Software.
Reader survey reveals backup-and-recovery trends
December 1, 2005 -- <i>InfoStor</i>&rsquo;s annual survey shows that end users are coming to grips with data-protection issues.
Open source group fuels controversy
December 1, 2005 -- An IBM-lead group of nine storage hardware and software vendors surprised attendees at the Storage Networking World conference in October when they announced a plan to form a non-profit, open source community aimed at developing a heterogeneous, standards-based common storage management platform.
Roll-your-own management code
December 1, 2005 -- The most recent end-user survey from TheInfoPro (TIP) research firm as usual included a number of surprises.
Survey reveals lack of data security
December 1, 2005 -- A recent survey conducted by GlassHouse Technologies, a storage consulting and services provider, reveals that of the 344 participating companies 54% have no documented procedures for protecting stored data from theft or tampering, and a whopping 69% of executives rate their storage departments&rsquo; security readiness as &ldquo;fair&rdquo; or &ldquo;poor&rdquo;
Why you need DPM tools for backup and recovery
December 1, 2005 -- Data protection management (DPM) software provides visibility into, and control over, backup-and-recovery operations.
The role of ILM in a virtual data center
December 1, 2005 -- SNIA is developing standards that will ensure interoperability in ILM implementations.
New Products
December 1, 2005 --
Silverback enters iSCSI HBA market
December 1, 2005 -- Silverback Systems, known primarily as a chip vendor, recently entered the nascent market for iSCSI host bus adapters (HBAs).
Lower TCO with NAS consolidation
December 1, 2005 -- In addition to lowering overall costs, consolidation improves performance, availability, scalability, and service levels.
Business Briefs
December 1, 2005 --
Analyst View: Intelligent switches turn the corner
December 1, 2005 -- Virtualization and fabric-based applications are slowly gaining acceptance as end users realize the potential benefits.
Chevron upgrades SAN with tiered storage
December 1, 2005 -- Four tiers of storage range from high-end disk arrays to low-cost tape libraries for archiving.
CommVault adds data-protection modules
December 1, 2005 -- CommVault split its annual upgrade to the QiNetix suite of data-management products into three announcements this quarter in the areas of data protection, lifecycle management, and operations.
ILM becomes #1 management priority
December 1, 2005 -- A recent end-user survey conducted by TheInfoPro research firm (&ldquo;Wave 6&rdquo; of TIP&rsquo;s semi-annual surveys) indicates that information lifecycle management (ILM) is now ranked as the top storage management priority for high-end enterprises.
FilesX offers &lsquo;CDP on-demand&rsquo;
December 1, 2005 -- FilesX recently announced a continuous data protection (CDP) On-Demand feature through its Xpress Restore disk-based backup/recovery software.
NAS gateways tame file growth
December 1, 2005 -- Consolidation and scalability help cut costs, improve manageability, and deliver better service.