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Industry News and Analysis

Aperi group loses Sun, moves ahead
<B>June 29, 2006</B>—There is dissension within the ranks of the Aperi group, an open source storage management initiative and community started last October by IBM and a handful of other major storage vendors.
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ADIC, AmeriVault, Asigra, ASUS, Avanade, EMC, Exanet, Expand Networks, iStor Networks, LSI Logic, Microsoft, Revivio, Riverbed, Sanrad, Shunra Software, Softek, StoredIQ, Symantec, and XOsoft.
Compellent delivers tiered 'SAN-in-a-box'
<B>June 26, 2006</B>—Today, Compellent introduced Storage Center QuickStart ILM, a turnkey SAN that automates tiered storage within a single enclosure. QuickStart automates data classification and data movement between storage tiers based on how often blocks of data are used. This eliminates the need for users to create policies based on the type of data or application as with most information lifecycle management (ILM) solutions.
Introducing the File Area Network (FAN)
<B>June 27, 2006</B>—We are at a significant crossroads in the world of file management. The historical approaches to managing the growth, cost and complexity of unstructured file-based information have started to hit a wall across enterprise environments of all sizes.
Sony announces AIT-5
<B>June 23, 2006</B>—At the Storage World Conference in Long Beach, CA, this week, Sony announced the fifth generation of its Advanced Intelligent Tape (AIT) technology. AIT-5 packs 400GB per cartridge uncompressed (or 1.04 TB assuming 2.6:1 compression), which is twice the capacity of AIT-4 cartridges. However, the native transfer rate remains the same as AIT-4 at a maximum of 24MBps (or 225GB per hour with 2.6:1 compression).
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Abrevity, Acopia Networks, AmeriVault, Asigra, Copan Systems, Data Domain, Datalink, EMC, Emulex, HP, LSI, Marathon Technologies, NCR, NetMass, Network Appliance, ProActivity Software Solutions, Revivio, Sky IT Group, StoneFly, and Teradata.
SWC product highlights
<B>June 21, 2006</B>—A number of vendors used this week's Storage World Conference in Long Beach, CA, as a venue for new product introductions. Here's a sampling from the first day of the show:
MVP winners announced at SWC
<B>June 20, 2006</B>—At the Storage World Conference (<B><a href="http://www.storageworldconference.com">www.storageworldconference.com</A></B> in Long Beach, CA, <I>InfoStor</I> and the Association of Storage Networking Professionals (<B><a href="http://www.asnp.org">www.asnp.org</a></B>) today announced the winners in the Most Valuable Product (MVP) awards program. The annual MVP awards are co-sponsored by <I>InfoStor</I> and the ASNP.
Enterprise search meets data archiving
<B>June 19, 2006</B>—The continued rise of information lifecycle management (ILM) and data retention requirements handed down from the folks in Washington have served as a catalyst for the crossbreeding of enterprise IT technologies—namely, a steady stream of enterprise search companies partnering with storage vendors to help classify, index, and retrieve archived information.
NetApp launches HPC OS
<B>June 16, 2006</B>—When Network Appliance acquired Spinnaker Networks in late 2003 it had plans to merge its own Data ONTAP operating platform with the global namespace and clustering capabilities of Spinnaker's SpinFS software. More than two years later the acquisition has borne fruit with the release of a new storage platform for the high performance computing (HPC) market called Data ONTAP GX.
HP debuts 'data center in a box'
<B>June 15, 2006</B>—Hewlett-Packard this week launched a new server blade system that it claims will change the way IT organizations manage servers, storage, and virtually every other device in the data center. The new box, dubbed the BladeSystem c-Class, includes a number of features aimed at bringing the management of all IT resources under a single platform.
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3PAR, ADVA Optical Networking, Alacritech, Arkivio, CA, EMC, Emulex, Enigma Data Solutions Ltd., EqualLogic, Expand Networks, Hitachi Data Systems, iQstor Networks, KOM Networks Inc., MDY Group International, Microsoft, Movaz Networks, ProStor Systems, Scentric
SAS rollouts pick up steam
<B>June 15, 2006</B>—By now, all storage integrators and users are familiar with the benefits of the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface: It has better performance scalability than its parallel SCSI predecessor, it's simpler to integrate and, perhaps most importantly, users and integrators can configure SAS systems with either SAS or Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives.
Disk arrays: IBM edges HP
<B>June 14, 2006</B>—IBM edged out Hewlett-Packard in terms of market share in the external disk array market in the first quarter of this year with a 12.7% share compared to HP's 12.4% slice. IBM's strong showing was due in large part to sales of its DS4000 and DS8000 disk systems. Compared to the first quarter of 2005, IBM had a 12.1% gain in revenues, while HP slipped 7.1%.
Kazeon integrates with Google
<B>June 13, 2006</B>—Kazeon has partnered with Google to extend enterprise search further into the storage infrastructure. The solution integrates Google's OneBox for Enterprises, a new feature of the Google Search Appliance, with Kazeon's Information Server1200 (IS1200), an appliance for searching large backup stores and corporate archives. The companies also have an agreement to sell each other's products.
Hitachi takes on EMC's Centera
<B>June 12, 2006</B>—At the Gartner Storage Summit in Kissimmee, FL, today, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) introduced a content-addressed storage (CAS) solution designed to compete directly with EMC's Centera CAS platform. The Hitachi Content Archive Platform stores data in its native format and allows queries on the content of archived data rather than metadata as Centera does.
Dell expands storage offerings
<B>June 9, 2006</B>—Dell this week unveiled new disk, tape, and storage management solutions in addition to introducing the ninth generation of its PowerEdge servers. The initiative includes new functionality for direct-attached storage (DAS), NAS, tape libraries, and management software.
Luminex upgrades mainframe gateways
<B>June 8, 2006</B>—This week, Luminex unveiled two new channel gateways, which enable connectivity from mainframe systems to open-systems storage products.
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3PAR, Arkivio, Brocade, CA, Decru, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, iStor Networks, Microsoft, NEC, NetApp, Nihon Unisys, Quantum, Raptor Networks Technology, Riverbed, Storage Networking Users Group of New England, Symantec, TeraCloud, TimeSpring, and Uniadex
Decru launches key-management appliance
<B>June 7, 2006</B>—Addressing enterprise demand for scalable key management, Decru this week introduced a new key-management platform, the Lifetime Key Management (LKM) 3.0 Appliance. LKM first debuted in mid-2003 as a software solution deployed on Decru's DataFort storage security appliances. As an appliance, LKM can scale to handle more keys from multiple encryption appliances.
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Double-Take Software, Hewlett-Packard, Kasten Chase, Maxxan Systems, PlateSpin, SiliconSystems, and Sunbelt System Software.
NetApp aims at EMC, HP, HDS
Emphasizing increased productivity and lower cost of ownership more than &ldquo;speeds and feeds,&rdquo; Network Appliance last month introduced high-end hardware and services in an attempt to put a dent in the data-center armor of EMC, Hewlett-Packard, and Hitachi Data Systems.
VTLs offer opportunities and challenges
Here are a few issues to consider before you implement virtual tape libraries (VTLs).
Users shift storage purchasing priorities
According to a recent end-user survey by TheInfoPro (TIP) research firm, continued business growth is causing end users to tweak their storage buying plans to include more e-mail management and archiving software, capacity planning and forecasting tools, and technologies such as wide area file services (WAFS).
Tips on implementing Oracle 10g RAC
Clustered databases offer a variety of advantages, as well as choices and challenges.
Symantec integrates management suites
At its annual Vision conference for customers and partners last month, Symantec did not introduce many new storage products, but the company did announce the completion of an integration project that covers both existing and enhanced products.
SNIA&rsquo;s XAM addresses CAS standards
The eXtensible Access Method (XAM) provides an API for content aware storage (CAS) platforms.
Scentric emerges from stealth mode
Start-up Scentric recently emerged from stealth mode and began production shipments of its first line of information and data management products under its flagship solution, Scentric Destiny.
SAS rollouts pick up steam
By now, all storage integrators and users are familiar with the benefits of the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface: It has better performance scalability than its parallel SCSI predecessor, it&rsquo;s simpler to integrate and, perhaps most importantly, users and integrators can configure SAS systems with either SAS or Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives.
Quantum acquires ADIC
Quantum is expected to complete its acquisition of rival tape library manufacturer Advanced Digital Information Corp.
Packeteer acquires Tacit
Packeteer, which specializes in WAN optimization, recently acquired Tacit Networks, a company that specializes in wide-area file services (WAFS) and WAN optimization.
New Products
Implementing 500GB SATA drives, Copan has doubled the capacity of its Revolution 220 series of virtual tape and archiving subsystems, which are based on a massive array of idle disks (MAID) architecture.
Attune enters file virtualization arena
Start-up Attune Systems has launched Maestro File Manager FM5500, a NAS virtualization or network file management (NFM) appliance that is designed to simplify and reduce the cost of managing heterogeneous file servers and file data resources.
M&amp;A heats up, but so do start-ups
Mergers and acquisitions have hit the storage industry at a fairly steady pace over the last couple of years, but the action in the first half of this year suggests that the pace may be picking up.
LSI extends 4Gbps FC arrays
LSI Logic has added four new products to its Engenio division&rsquo;s 4Gbps Fibre Channel line of modular storage systems.
Information classification enables better management
Intelligent information management (IIM) tools allow companies to index, search, and locate information more quickly and accurately.
HP launches ILM barrage
Bolstered by its recent acquisition of database archiving vendor OuterBay Technologies and by a new partnership with enterprise content management (ECM) specialist Open Text, Hewlett-Packard recently rolled out its largest collection of information lifecycle management (ILM) products and services to date.
HDS adds disk-less controller
Hitachi Data Systems has begun shipments of a controller-only version of its Tagma-Store Network Storage Controller model NSC55, which allows midrange customers to take advantage of features such as virtualization without having to invest in more disk capacity.
eSATA drive interface scales beyond PCs
External SATA (eSATA) provides a number of advantages over PC drive interfaces such as USB and 1394a.
EMC revamps Clariion architecture
Supports 4Gbps FC drives
EMC buys replication vendor
EMC made good on its recent promise to continue buying storage companies last month when the company announced it had purchased data replication software maker Kashya for approximately $153 million.
CDP driven by recovery, compliance requirements
According to an end-user survey, IT managers are turning their attention toward continuous data protection.
Caringo launches software-based CAS
One of the inventors of content-addressed storage (CAS)-Paul Carpentier-is one of the founders of Caringo, a start-up with a software-based CAS product designed for fixed content.
Business Briefs
The SCSI Trade Association (STA), in conjunction with the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), recently completed the sixth Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) &ldquo;plugfest,&rdquo; which focused on large systems.
What are the SAN requirements for SMBs?
Low cost and ease of use are driving small to medium-sized businesses toward iSCSI-based IP SANs.