Industry News and Analysis

Recent announcements from:-318837
January 31, 2008 -- Cisco, Dell, EMC, Emulex, FaceTime Communications, IBM, Intel, Isilon, Kazeon Systems, LSI, Mimosa Systems, Network Appliance, Pivot3, ProStor Systems, Storage Bridge Bay (SBB) Working Group, Sun, VMware, and Xyratex.
Isilon delivers new clustered systems
January 31, 2008 -- <B>January 31, 2008</B>—The widespread deployment of high-speed networking and virtualized computing technologies is beginning to expose storage as a bottleneck in high-performance environments.
Gear6 updates software to tackle bottlenecks
January 30, 2008 -- <B>January 30, 2008</B>—Gear6 has announced software upgrades for its high-speed caching appliances that promise improved problem resolution and accelerated I/O performance.
CommVault adds SaaS-based management service
January 28, 2008 -- <B>January 28, 2008</B>—CommVault today announced the availability of a new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering designed to help companies enhance system availability and better manage their storage environments.
FalconStor ships clustered VTL with global de-dupe
January 25, 2008 -- <B>January 25, 2008</B>—FalconStor Software has released the next generation of its virtual tape library (VTL) product, this time with an eye toward enterprise environments in need of scalable VTLs with global data de-duplication.
Open-E launches in the US
January 24, 2008 -- <B>January 24, 2008</B>—Although it has being doing business in the US for some time, Open-E GmbH this week launched the Open-E Inc. subsidiary in the US, with offices in Redwood City, CA, and Boston, and is in the process of adding VARs in the US.
Recent announcements from:-318045
January 24, 2008 -- 3Com, Dot Hill, EMC, Expand Networks, Open-E, Panasas, QLogic, SNIA, and The Green Grid.
EMC unveils online backup, SaaS strategy
January 23, 2008 -- <B>January 23, 2008</B>—EMC this week took the wraps off its latest product offering and launched a new strategy for delivering Software as a Service (SaaS). The new product, an online backup-and-recovery service dubbed MozyEnterprise, marks EMC's first foray into the world of SaaS
Brocade delivers on data-center strategy
January 22, 2008 -- <B>January 22, 2008</B>—Brocade offered a sneak peek at its strategy for the future late last year and is now delivering products designed to be the foundation for a new generation of data centers.
Thin-provisioning options for file systems
January 18, 2008 -- <B>January 18, 2008</B>—Thin provisioning for file systems was first introduced in 2002 and has experienced renewed interest with the explosive growth in thin-provisioned block storage subsystems.
Recent announcements from:-317319
January 17, 2008 -- ATTO Technology, Crossroads, Dot Hill, EMC, Fujitsu, IBM, ProStor, Sepaton, STEC, SNIA-E, and Virtual Iron.
EMC adds flash drives to Symmetrix DMX systems
January 16, 2008 -- <B>January 16, 2008</B>—In an effort to gain an edge in high-performance storage environments, EMC this week announced the integration of flash-based solid-state drives (SSDs)—OEM'd from STEC—into its portfolio of Symmetrix DMX-4 storage systems.
SNIA UPDATE: XAM standard to address long-term archiving
January 15, 2008 -- <B>January 15, 2008</B>—Fixed content consists of data that doesn't change over time, such as digital images, e-mail messages, presentations, video content, medical images, and check images.
Incipient Network Storage Platform
January 15, 2008 -- Hands-on testing of the capabilities of Incipient Network.
LAB REVIEW: Compellent's DIR, SIR, and RIR
January 11, 2008 -- <B>January 11, 2008</B>—Given all of the technology advances that are driving down the cost of storage the continued explosive level of growth in storage should not be a significant IT issue. Nonetheless, it is a major issue and the reason for that is the cost of storage management. That's especially true when provisioning, deploying, or recovering a server.
FalconStor teams with Virtual Iron
January 10, 2008 -- <B>January 10, 2008</B>?FalconStor Software, which specializes in disk-based data protection solutions, and Virtual Iron, a provider of server virtualization software, today announced an alliance to streamline storage and server virtualization deployments.
Recent announcements from:-316591
January 10, 2008 -- BakBone, CopperEye, Hifn, IBM, InMage Systems, Integra Micro Systems, Mainline Information Systems, Open-E, QLogic, Sonasoft, and VMware.
Microsoft makes bid for FAST Search & Transfer
January 9, 2008 -- <B>January 9, 2008</B>—Microsoft announced this week that it has made a $1.2 billion acquisition offer for enterprise search vendor FAST Search & Transfer in an effort to complement its enterprise infrastructure offerings by incorporating FAST's products into its portfolio.
EMC ships entry-level Clariion for VMware
January 8, 2008 -- <B>January 8, 2008</B>—EMC today announced a new low-end Clariion disk array aimed at meeting the storage needs of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), but this time around EMC has a specific type of SMB customer in mind—VMware users.
Nexsan targets Apple Xserve market
January 7, 2008 -- <B>January 7, 2008</B>—On Wednesday, Nexsan Technologies is expected to announce a RAID array designed specifically for the Apple Xserve server/storage market.
NetApp expands SAN strategy with Onaro acquisition
January 4, 2008 -- <B>January 4, 2008</B>—Network Appliance this week announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Onaro, a privately owned company with software that provides an application-centric view into a SAN's access paths, redundancy, replication, and performance.
IBM buys start-up for fixed digital content
January 3, 2008 -- <B>January 3, 2008</B>—IBM kicked off 2008 this week with news that it has acquired XIV, a privately held storage technology company based in Tel Aviv, Israel, which specializes in grid-based storage systems for fixed digital content.
2007: Merger and acquisition recap
January 3, 2008 -- <B>January 3, 2008</B>—Although far from being a record-setting year in terms of either the number of acquisitions or the money spent, the merger and acquisition fever of previous years did carry into 2007. Here's a quick recap of storage-related acquisition activity in 2007:
Developing a Storage Strategy for the Future
January 1, 2008 -- Developing a Storage Strategy for the Future Stocking up on hardware and software to hold more and more information is a costly misstep, according to analysts. Organizations need to modernize storage strategies and understand how information access technology can ensure they need what they're keeping. Download this Internet.com eBook to see where storage technology is going and what you can do to keep pace.
Simplifying SQL Server Management
January 1, 2008 -- Simplifying SQL Server Management Working with multiple instances of the Microsoft SQL Server database creates unique challenges for administrators. Download this Internet.com eBook to learn connection strategies for multiple database environments, how to set up a linked server for a remote SQL Server instance, and easy data recovery options.
SAS: The cutting edge of blade server storage
January 1, 2008 -- <p>Particularly with the next generation, SAS will provide everything that users and integrators need to make the optimum blade-storage connection.</p>
SAS product highlights
January 1, 2008 -- <p>Here&rsquo;s a quick sampling of some of the SAS products that went into production shipments over the last couple of months, with a focus on products targeted primarily at the channel.</p>
Software is the key to 'green'; storage
January 1, 2008 -- <p>To cut power and energy costs, IT should consider data de-duplication, thin provisioning, primary data compression, and virtualization.</p>
StoneFly&rsquo;s iSCSI router links FC storage to LANs
January 1, 2008 -- <p>StoneFly&rsquo;s Storage Concentrator i4000 appliance extends Fibre Channel-based storage resources via iSCSI over an Ethernet LAN.</p>
Users extol the virtues of iSCSI, part 1
January 1, 2008 -- <p>In the first installment of our series on iSCSI case studies, we focus on companies that have implemented, or will soon implement, iSCSI-based IP SANs in virtual server environments.</p>
Survey shows rapid adoption of data de-dupe
January 1, 2008 -- <p>Market research firm TheInfoPro (TIP) has released the latest results from its ongoing survey of Fortune 1000 IT managers, and it is no surprise that data de-duplication remains atop the list of storage technologies end users plan to spend money on in the coming year.</p>
SAS plays supporting role in media and entertainment
January 1, 2008 -- <p>In the digital content market, it&rsquo;s all about high speed and high capacity, and SAS (and SAS/SATA) storage systems fit the bill.</p>
Start-up makes SAN out of servers
January 1, 2008 -- <p>Seanodes has entered the storage industry with a novel approach to creating high-performance virtual storage pools from the unused storage capacity found in application servers.</p>
Persistent data, part 2
January 1, 2008 -- <p>I appear to have struck a chord with one of my previous columns (see &ldquo;IT&rsquo;s new dirty little secret,&rdquo; InfoStor, October 2007, p. 22).</p>
E-mail management/archiving strategies
January 1, 2008 -- <p>E-mail management and archiving issues have captured the attention of storage professionals-as well as their executive managers-because of the rapidly exploding capacities involved as well as legal and compliance issues.</p>
E-mail management/archiving strategies
January 1, 2008 -- E-mail management and archiving issues have captured the attention of storage professionals -- as well as their executive managers -- because of the rapidly exploding capacities involved as well as legal and compliance issues.
Compellent's DIR, SIR, and RIR
January 1, 2008 -- Given all of the technology advances that are driving down the cost of storage the continued explosive level of growth in storage should not be a significant IT issue. Nonetheless, it is a major issue and the reason for that is the cost of storage management. That's especially true when provisioning, deploying, or recovering a server.
Products
January 1, 2008 -- <p>Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer&rsquo;s guide for professionals.</p>
HP merges storage automation technologies
January 1, 2008 -- <p>Hewlett-Packard has announced a complete reorganization and re-branding of its portfolio of data-center automation technologies and, in the process, disclosed its plans for merging its Storage- Essentials storage resource management (SRM) software with the server, network, and storage automation products recently gained through the company&rsquo;s $1.</p>
Managing growth with storage virtualization
January 1, 2008 -- <p>Storage virtualization and thin provisioning help a Midwest financial firm manage server growth, avoid resource constraints, and delay the purchase of a large array.</p>
Managing growth with storage virtualization
January 1, 2008 -- Storage virtualization and thin provisioning help a Midwest financial firm manage server growth, avoid resource constraints, and delay the purchase of a large array.
Invista 2.0 bolsters block virtualization
January 1, 2008 -- <p>EMC is continuing to build out its virtualization portfolio with the release of the second generation of its Invista block-level virtualization product.</p>
Developing a Storage Backup Strategy
January 1, 2008 -- Developing a Storage Backup Strategy With storage requirements moving into the terapeta- and exabyte ranges, companies need to refine their backup strategies to ensure availability of their growing data stores. Download this Internet.com eBook to learn the pros and cons of different backup strategies and find one that works best to keep your business protected without breaking the bank.