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Industry News and Analysis

Grass roots group addresses data protection
<B>December 28, 2006</B>—New Year's resolutions typically range from losing weight to quitting smoking, but a new storage industry group is asking that smaller companies resolve to educate themselves about the risks of data loss and their options for data protection.
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Acronis, Archivas, Double-Take Software, EVault, Expand Networks, Fujitsu Ltd., Microsoft, NeoScale Systems, QLogic, SWsoft, The Lauffin Group, TimeSpring Software
Seagate buys EVault to boost storage services
<B>December 21, 2006</B>—In an effort to expand its storage services offerings, Seagate Technology today announced that it will buy privately held online backup-and-recovery services company EVault for approximately $185 million in cash.
CDP: TimeSpring upgrades to 64-bits
<B>December 20, 2006</B>—TimeSpring, maker of TimeData continuous data protection (CDP) software, now supports 64-bit applications running on the Microsoft Windows platform.
Reader-Expert I/O: How ILM—and not HSM—improves backups
<B>December 18, 2006</B>—Customers often tell me that they have an initiative to implement information lifecycle management (ILM) to make their backups more efficient. When customers are asked how they think ILM will help them solve their backup issues, the response often describes what I have always known as hierarchical storage management (HSM).
Diogenes delivers SRM alternative
<B>December 15, 2006</B>—"Traditional SRM hasn't taken off particularly well because it's difficult to implement, complicated, and costly—in many cases, hundreds of thousands of dollars—and there's a long learning curve," says Phil Goodwin, president of Diogenes Analytical Labs.
Symantec encrypts at the media server
<B>December 14, 2006</B>—Symantec added another level of encryption this week with the announcement of its Veritas NetBackup Media Server Encryption Option (MSEO).
An entry-level, easy-to-use, full-featured SAN fabric switch from Cisco
ESG Lab validates wizard-drive configuration, pay as you grow flexibility and advanced SAN-OS features.
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3PAR, BlueArc, Brocade, EMC, Emulex, Exanet, Hammer, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, Network Appliance, ONStor, Plasmon, PolyServe, QLogic, QStar, Riverbed, SGI Japan, and StoreVault.
HDS teams with BlueArc for NAS
<B>December 13, 2006</B>—Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced this week that it has inked a multi-faceted deal with NAS vendor BlueArc to secure a foothold in the high-performance computing (HPC) storage market.
Quantum launches D2D de-duplication
<B>December 12, 2006</B>—Just a few months after completing the acquisition of rival ADIC, Quantum is rolling out a new family of disk-based backup and replication appliances
Storage virtualization becoming a reality
<B>December 11, 2006</B>—Storage virtualization became a much-ballyhooed term in 2001. Back then, it was the hot technology—the panacea for all storage management woes. Then it became the goat. In fact, many vendors stopped using the V-word altogether to describe their products.
LSI ships SAS-SAS RAID arrays
<B>December 8, 2006</B>—In a further sign that the new Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface is gaining momentum, at least at the OEM level, LSI Logic's Engenio division this week began shipments of SAS-SAS (host and drive connections) external RAID arrays
LSI ships SAS-SAS RAID arrays
In a further sign that the new Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface is gaining momentum, at least at the OEM level, LSI's Engenio division this week began shipments of SAS-SAS (host and drive connections) external RAID arrays to its OEMs.
CASE STUDIES: How users address compliance
<B>December 8, 2006</B>—Given the amount of vendor hype surrounding compliance, you would think IT managers spend (or should spend) most of their time sorting out how best to comply with the latest spate of federal and state regulations, or how to prepare their data to be ready for the threat of looming lawsuits.
NetApp cuts cost of managing unstructured data
<B>December 7, 2006</B>—Network Appliance is getting into the search and content services game in an effort to help users rein in the costs associated with managing and storing unstructured data.
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AXS-One, Data Domain, Hewlett-Packard, Iomega, MessageGate, Nexsan Technologies, Permabit, Scentric, Storewiz, Symantec, 3PAR, Zycko
Dell, Microsoft launch 'unified storage' array
<B>December 6, 2006</B>—Dell and Microsoft joined forces today to debut the first integrated hardware and software system based on Microsoft's Windows Unified Data Storage Server 2003,
HP DAS arrays support SAS, SATA
Hewlett-Packard expanded its line of entry-level storage systems for small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) this week with the debut of two new direct-attached storage (DAS) disk arrays with support for multiple drive types and price tags of well under $5,000.
HP DAS arrays support SAS, SATA
<B>December 5, 2006</B>—Hewlett-Packard expanded its line of entry-level storage systems for small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) this week with the debut of two new direct-attached storage (DAS) disk arrays
Scentric integrates with EMC, Google
<B>December 4, 2006</B>—Scentric announced last week that it has completed integration of its Destiny R2 intelligent information management platform with EMC's Centera content-addressed storage (CAS) platform. Today, the company announced that it has joined the Google Enterprise Professional program.
NTP addresses encryption
<B>December 1, 2006</B>—NTP Software this week released Encryption Sentinel, software that protects data from being copied or read by unencrypted clients.
Tying e-discovery needs to storage architectures
The growing requirement for supporting digital computer forensics within the enterprise is a direct result of the use of computers in more than 80% of business communications today.
The time is right for CDP
Continuous data protection offers clear-cut advantages over traditional backup, snapshots, and replication.
The pros and cons of NAS virtualization
Even though NAS virtualization</span> is still in the early adopter phase, it provides the same benefits of SAN virtualization, and more.
SNIA prioritizes software development
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is adding software development to its repertoire to more efficiently help vendors incorporate standards-based storage management into their products, and ultimately, into end-user environments.
QLogic enters SAN director market
In a somewhat surprising move, QLogic recently entered the director-class switch market with shipments of a 128-port SAN switch, putting the company in competition with Brocade, McData (which is being acquired by Brocade), and Cisco (with which QLogic has an OEM relationship for fabric switches).
Overland RAID array supports SAS
Overland Storage has begun shipments of the first RAID arrays in its Ultamus product family that support the emerging Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) disk interface.
NetApp completes Topio acquisition
Network Appliance this month completed its acquisition of Topio in an all-cash transaction worth approximately $160 million.
LSI Logic buys StoreAge
LSI Logic completed its acquisition of StoreAge Networking Technologies this month in a deal valued at approximately $50 million in cash.
How users address compliance, part 1
Given the amount of vendor hype surrounding compliance, you would think IT managers spend (or should spend) most of their time sorting out how best to comply with the latest spate of federal and state regulations, or how to prepare their data to be ready for the threat of looming lawsuits.
ILM advice: Collaboration is critical
Successful implementation of information lifecycle management starts with collaboration among various IT and non-IT groups within an organization.
File virtualization tops users&rsquo; priority list
According to a recent end-user survey by TheInfoPro (TIP) research firm, file-based virtualization technologies are topping the shopping lists of enterprise IT professionals as they battle faster-than-anticipated storage growth and mounting budget pressures.
EMC upgrades disk arrays
EMC has doubled the performance and storage capacities of several of its hardware platforms with the rollout of new models of the Symmetrix DMX-3, Clariion CX3 UltraScale series, Celerra NS NAS platform, and its enterprise disk library.
EMC acquires de-duplication vendor
In the latest of its ongoing string of software-related acquisitions, EMC was expected to complete its acquisition this month of Avamar Technologies for $165 million in cash.
Dell adds removable hard drives
Dell has entered the removable disk-drive market with the PowerVault RD1000, which is designed to back up and restore data for small to medium-sized businesses, branch offices, and individual power users.
Data protection, BC and DR for SMBs
A number of end-user surveys reveal IT managers&rsquo; biggest problems with data protection, as well as solutions that small and medium-sized businesses should consider.
Business Briefs
Attune Systems has secured $14 million in a new round of funding led by RWI Ventures.
Analyzing I/O performance bottlenecks
Adding more hardware is not the answer to eliminating performance bottlenecks in the data center.
A quick review of storage benchmarks
First you need to know what benchmarks are available, and then you need to know how to interpret the benchmark results.
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