Industry News and Analysis

Recent announcements from:-313357
November 29, 2007 -- Asigra Televaulting, CommVault, CoreVault, Dot Hill Systems, DS3 DataVaulting, Iron Mountain, PMC-Sierra, StorIT, StorMagic, Value Added Distributors Ltd., Xepa Digital LLP, and Xiotech.
HP merges storage automation technologies
November 29, 2007 -- <B>November 29, 2007</B>—Hewlett-Packard this week announced a complete reorganization and re-branding of its portfolio of data-center automation technologies
EMC SMARTS Application Discovery Manager
November 28, 2007 -- ESG Lab examines Smarts Application Discovery Manager (ADM), application resource discovery and monitoring software based on nLayers technology acquired by EMC in July 2006.
Isilon upgrades clustered storage
November 28, 2007 -- <B>November 28, 2007</B>—Isilon Systems recently released the IQ 12000 and EX 12000 products, a family of nodes which, when combined, create a clustered storage configuration that can scale to more than 1.6PB of capacity in a single file system and single volume.
BlueArc pushes into midrange
November 27, 2007 -- <B>November 27, 2007</B>—BlueArc, generally known for its high-end NAS arrays, today introduced a new version of its Titan series targeted at the midrange market. Titan 1100 is priced from $75,000, which is about 25% lower than the company's existing entry-level system.
StoneFly's iSCSI router links FC storage to LANs
November 27, 2007 -- Via StoneFusion OS, a specialized operating system built on the Linux kernel, StoneFly's Storage Concentrator integrates the power of an iSCSI router with extensive storage management services. As a result, the appliance extends the benefits of an existing Fibre Channel SAN to a much broader base of clients -- not the least of which are virtual machines (VMs) running VMware Virtual Infrastructure (VI).
Lab Review: iSCSI router links FC storage to LANs
November 26, 2007 -- <B>November 26, 2007</B>—Via StoneFusion OS, a specialized operating system built on the Linux kernel, StoneFly's Storage Concentrator integrates the power of an iSCSI router with extensive storage management services. As a result, the appliance extends the benefits of an existing Fibre Channel SAN to a much broader base of clients—not the least of which are virtual machines (VMs) running VMware Virtual Infrastructure (VI).
Recent announcements from:-312777
November 21, 2007 -- ASI, DataCore, Emulex, FalconStor, Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Ltd., Inspur Group, J4 Systems, JMR, LSI, Microsoft, Oracle, QLogic, 3PAR
3PAR debuts 'virtual domains'
November 21, 2007 -- <B>November 21, 2007</B>—;3PAR recently announced Virtual Domains software for its InServ Storage Server platforms that lets administrators slice and dice physical arrays for secure, shared access to up to 2,000 virtual arrays per system.
Survey reveals 'green' initiatives (or lack thereof)
November 20, 2007 -- <B>November 20, 2007</B>—According to a recent end-user survey, which included a section on "green" initiatives, nearly three-fourths of the respondents have an interest in adopting a green data-center initiative,
Hitachi extends thin provisioning to heterogeneous arrays
November 19, 2007 -- <B>November 19, 2007</B>—Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has expanded the capacity and features of its Universal Storage Platform (USP) V system with support for 750GB SATA drives and the extension of the system's thin-provisioning capabilities to external, heterogeneous storage arrays.
Supercomputing 2007 product highlights
November 16, 2007 -- <B>November 16, 2007</B>—A number of vendors, including Terascala, SGI, Ciprico, QLogic, DataDirect Networks, Gear6, and Voltaire, used the Supercomputing 2007 (SC07) conference in Reno this week to launch high-end storage systems.
Strategies for tiered storage
November 16, 2007 -- <B>November 16, 2007</B>—Tiered storage is the allocation of different classes of data to various types of storage media with the goal of improving storage efficiency and reducing total cost of ownership (TCO).
Sepaton launches enterprise VTL
November 15, 2007 -- <B>November 15, 2007</B>—Sepaton's recently announced S2100-ES2 Series 750 virtual tape library (VTL) features twice the throughput and more usable capacity than the company's existing high-end VTL
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November 15, 2007 -- Asigra, Cluster Resources, Emulex, FalconStor, Fujitsu, GoldenGate Software, Microsoft, Network Appliance, Oracle, Sanbolic, Voltaire
Optimizing Virtual Data Centers with Dell/EMC CX3-20 iSCSI Storage
November 14, 2007 -- This ESG Lab Validation report documents the results of a hands-on evaluation of virtualized servers and iSCSI attached disk arrays from Dell.
Intel, EMC team up on SOHO storage
November 14, 2007 -- <B>November 14, 2007</B>—More than a year after Intel struck a deal with EMC to bring entry-level storage systems to the small and medium-sized business (SMB) market, the companies are back with a new platform
LeftHand adds iSCSI modules
November 13, 2007 -- <B>November 13, 2007</B>—Although Dell stole the iSCSI limelight last week with its $1.4 billion EqualLogic acquisition announcement, a number of vendors also made iSCSI product announcements recently, including LeftHand Networks, StoneFly, Reldata, iStor Networks, Sans Digital, and Hifn.
Brocade unveils strategy for future fabrics
November 12, 2007 -- <B>November 12, 2007</B>—Prompted by the need for bigger and faster fabrics, Brocade has announced its vision for the future and revealed a new strategy and products designed to serve as the backbone for tomorrow's data centers.
Onaro SANscreen: Insight for managing storage as a service
November 9, 2007 -- When it is time to act on an emerging opportunity or react to a competitive threat, today's real-time enterprise depends on getting the right information, to the right people, in time to act and create value or mitigate risk. That goal has set off an explosion in the volume of data maintained on SANs.
Silver Peak optimizes apps over WANs
November 8, 2007 -- <B>November 8, 2007</B>—Silver Peak Systems this week announced several new optimization features for its NX family of WAN acceleration appliances, all aimed at overcoming packet loss and ordering problems that can wreak havoc on replication and remote backup applications across the WAN.
Recent announcements from ...-311506
November 8, 2007 -- Bell Microproducts, Dynamic Network Factory, Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Ltd., Iron Mountain, Mimosa, QLogic, Seagate, Seanodes, Stratify Inc., Xiotech
Recent announcements from ...
November 8, 2007 -- Bell Microproducts, Dynamic Network Factory, Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Ltd., Iron Mountain, Mimosa, QLogic, Seagate, Seanodes, Stratify Inc., Xiotech
Dell to acquire EqualLogic: Analysis
November 7, 2007 -- <B>November 7, 2007</B>—Dell announced that it planned to acquire EqualLogic, which it described as "a leading provider of high-performance iSCSI storage area network [SAN] solutions uniquely optimized for virtualization," for approximately $1.4 billion in cash.
Overland partners with Diligent for VTL de-dupe
November 6, 2007 -- <B>November 6, 2007</B>—Overland Storage has joined forces with de-duplication specialist Diligent Technologies to bring a new midrange virtual tape library (VTL) to market for users in search of a way to meet their long-term data-retention needs.
Dell to acquire EqualLogic for $1.4 billion
November 5, 2007 -- <B>November 5, 2007</B>—Dell today announced a definitive agreement to acquire iSCSI specialist EqualLogic for a whopping $1.4 billion in cash. The deal is expected to close in the first quarter of next year
Lab Review: SANitize DAS to enhance virtual infrastructure
November 2, 2007 -- <B>November 2, 2007</B>—To derive maximum benefit from system virtualization, storage virtualization is a necessary prerequisite. The mobility of a virtual machine (VM) and its data plays an important role in daily operational tasks from load balancing to system testing.
LeftHand SANitizes DAS to enhance virtual infrastructure
November 2, 2007 -- To derive maximum benefit from system virtualization, storage virtualization is a necessary prerequisite. The mobility of a virtual machine (VM) and its data plays an important role in daily operational tasks from load balancing to system testing.
Recent announcements from ...-310893
November 1, 2007 -- Adaptec, ADrive.com, BMC, CommVault, EMC, F5 Networks, Hitachi Data Systems, Incipient, Micro Depot, Network Appliance, Onaro, Sun, Sun/StorageTek, Systems Alliance, Unisys
Voltaire router promises 'unified fabrics'
November 1, 2007 -- <B>November 1, 2007</B>—Addressing storage I/O bottlenecks that are popping up in high-performance computing (HPC) environments, Voltaire this week announced a storage router that will enable users to create "unified fabrics."
iSCSI shines in virtual servers, blades
November 1, 2007 -- iSCSI-based IP SANs are becoming a popular storage consolidation solution for Windows environments.
Is going &lsquo;green&rsquo; black and white?
November 1, 2007 -- What does &ldquo;green&rdquo; mean in the storage world? Not surprisingly, the vendor community has been quick to spot a good wave and has grabbed its collective green surfboard-with enthusiasm.
PRODUCTS
November 1, 2007 -- Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer?s guide for professionals.
InfiniBand and storage: Why and when?
November 1, 2007 -- Anyone who has been following the InfiniBand market knows that the storage industry has been expecting the technology to help them cluster their storage.
Strategies for tiered storage
November 1, 2007 -- Users can virtualize storage tiers to simplify management, reduce &ldquo;SAN creep,&rdquo; and dramatically cut the costs of provisioning and migrating storage.
Start-up turns Linux servers into virtual storage
November 1, 2007 -- Storage software upstart Parascale has big plans for little servers. This month, the company launched a software-only storage platform called the Parascale Virtual Storage Network (VSN), which uses existing disk capacity on Linux servers to create a petabyte-scale virtual storage pool for storing digital media content, including video, images, and audio files.
Why users opt for online backup
November 1, 2007 -- The entry of heavyweights such as EMC and Symantec may spur increased interest in online backup and recovery.
Brocade boosts directors to 8Gbps
November 1, 2007 -- When Brocade announced its post-McData-acquisition product road map earlier this year, the company made it clear that it would continue to offer McData&rsquo;s directors alongside its own SilkWorm 48000 directors.
BakBone integrates CDP with backup
November 1, 2007 -- BakBone Software has upped the ante in the backup-and-recovery market by building out the newest version its flagship product, NetVault: Backup 8.
Application-aware data protection: Databases
November 1, 2007 -- New database technologies usher in new approaches to data protection and disaster recovery.
BRIEFS
November 1, 2007 -- This section takes on late-breaking business and partnership news written for industry insiders.
EMC adds CDP, de-dupe to NetWorker
November 1, 2007 -- EMC customers in search of a simple way to incorporate continuous data protection (CDP) and data de-duplication into their environments can rest easy.
Guidelines for virtualization preparedness
November 1, 2007 -- Virtualization is not a project that should be isolated in an IT technology silo.
FalconStor VTL aimed at SMBs
November 1, 2007 -- FalconStor Software&rsquo;s success in providing virtual tape library (VTL) technology to larger enterprises is undeniable.
Hitachi ships entry-level iSCSI array
November 1, 2007 -- Hitachi Data Systems is drawing from its expertise in the consumer electronics market and the technologies it has developed for enterprise storage customers to come up with a new entry-level storage system that could finally give the company a foothold in the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market.