Industry News and Analysis

Adaptec to buy Aristos Logic
August 29, 2008 -- <b>August 29, 2008</b> -- In an effort to grow its OEM business and expand into new markets, Adaptec this week announced it has signed an agreement to acquire privately held RAID silicon and software maker Aristos Logic for approximately $41 million.
Recent announcements from:
August 29, 2008 -- CommVault, DataCore Software, Emulex, Pivot3, Polycom Inc., Promise Technology, ProStor Systems, Storwize Inc., Tandberg Data, Vidicore
Copan, Quantum combine MAID, file archiving
August 27, 2008 -- <B>August 28, 2008</b> -- Copan Systems and Quantum this week announced they have entered into a strategic partnership with the goal of delivering a file-based archiving and data management system for unstructured data
EMC launches entry-level Celerra for SMBs
August 26, 2008 -- <b>August 26, 2008</b> -- EMC today announced the latest addition to its family of Celerra unified storage systems in the form of the EMC Celerra NX4, a new entry-level system capable of supporting NAS, iSCSI, and Fibre Channel SAN environments
Digi-Data T-4000 - Active Archive and Utility Storage
August 24, 2008 -- The Digi-Data T-4000 is a modular high-performance storage system designed for large digital archives, utility storage, and active secondary storage. This ESG Lab report examines the enhanced manageability, scalability, performance, and fault tolerance of the Digi-Data T-4000 along with a valuable capability called Drive Power Management (DPM) that reduces power and cooling requirements by spinning down inactive drives.
Kazeon beefs up e-discovery
August 22, 2008 -- <b>August 25, 2008</b> -- Kazeon Systems today announced the availability of a new version of its Information Server IS1200-ECS, the data center-class model of its e-discovery product.
Recent announcements from:
August 21, 2008 -- Caringo, Emulex, Hewlett-Packard, Hifn, Hitachi Data Systems, Microsoft, ProStor Systems, QLogic
Storage bits from the Intel Developer Forum
August 21, 2008 -- <B>August 22, 2008</B> -- From a storage perspective, Intel stole the limelight this week at the Intel Developer Forum with the introduction of much-anticipated solid-state disk (SSD) drives for portables, desktops, and enterprise systems
Intel debuts SSD drives at IDF
August 20, 2008 -- <B>August 20, 2008</B> -- At its Intel Developer Forum (IDF) conference in San Francisco this week, Intel's NAND Products Group took the wraps off long-awaited solid state disk (SSD) drives for mobile and desktop platforms</p>
Panasas launches parallel storage
August 19, 2008 -- <B>August 19, 2008</B> -- Panasas today announced a refreshed product line comprising a pair of clustered storage systems and its first secondary storage array, all of which are designed to bring high-performance computing (HPC) technologies to commercial enterprise customers. <br />
Cleversafe enables storage service providers
August 18, 2008 -- <b>August 18, 2008</b> -- Cleversafe is set to announce tomorrow that the first commercially available Dispersed Storage Network (dsNet), a platform for storing and archiving digital content, is up and running.
Dell PowerVault DP100 - Hands-Free Data Protection
August 17, 2008 -- ESG Lab evaluated a Dell PowerVault DP100 as part of an IT consolidation project currently underway at our corporate headquarters in Milford, MA. ESG is a proto-typical small business with thirty local employees and six remote users. In addition, at any given time, a number of employees are either mobile or working from home. ESG relies on a number of applications commonly used by small businesses, including Active Directory, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Business Contact Manager and Office Accounting.
IDC benchmarks SSDs
August 15, 2008 -- <b>August 15, 2008</b> -- The recent buzz surrounding flash-based storage and its potential applications in the enterprise has prompted many in the industry to weigh the pros and cons of augmenting or replacing traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) with high-performance solid-state disk (SSD) drives in the data center.
Recent announcements from:
August 14, 2008 -- <font face="Arial" size="2">Asempra Technologies, Apace Systems, Cisco, LeftHand Networks, Nirvanix, QLogic, Riverbed, Sepaton, Silicon Mountain Holdings, Symantec</font>
What is data-protection management (DPM) 2.0?
August 12, 2008 -- <strong>August 13, 2008</strong> -- Managing an effective enterprise backup environment can be an extreme challenge, and data-protection management (DPM) tools are necessary to meet that challenge. DPM software sits in a layer above the backup applications and storage devices...
Dell PowerVault NF100 - File Sharing Made Simple
August 11, 2008 -- The Dell PowerVault NF100 storage server is a convenient and cost-effective solution for file sharing. This ESG Lab Validation report explores how the NF100, with pre-configured RAID and pre-installed Microsoft Windows Storage Server software, can be deployed and sharing files in less than 15 minutes. This report also explores how the NF100 can be used as a backup and recovery platform for local, remote and mobile users.
Pillar pushes into the SMB market
August 11, 2008 -- <strong>August 12, 2008</strong> -- Pillar Data Systems has been steadily rolling out new products over the past year with the aim of reaching smaller customers. Now, the company seems to have achieved its goal of moving from an enterprise-only storage provider into the small and medium-sized business (SMB) market...
Recent announcements from:
August 7, 2008 -- Adaptec, Atempo, China Security and Surveillance Technology, EMC, Emulex, FalconStor, Fujitsu, HCL Technologies Ltd., Hitachi, InMage, McAfee, Moonwalk Inc., ONStor, Oracle, Permabit, Reconnex, 3PAR, Yosemite
Pivot3 combines server, storage virtualization
August 7, 2008 -- Pivot3 is hoping to break out of its niche role as a storage provider for the digital video surveillance market with the debut of a new platform for the masses that runs both server virtualization and storage virtualization on one massive IP storage cluster.
Micron rolls out enterprise-class SSDs
August 6, 2008 -- Micron Technology this week announced the next generation of its solid-state disk (SSD) drives for enterprise servers and notebook computing applications.
EMC unveils Clariion arrays with spin-down drives, SSDs
August 5, 2008 -- EMC today announced the availability of the Clariion CX4 Series, a new line of midrange storage systems that brings together a myriad of features and functions...
Product Roundup: What's new with SAS?
August 5, 2008 -- In a recent online poll of <em>InfoStor</em> readers (including end users, VARs, and systems/storage integrators), 43% said that SATA drives will account for the majority of their disk drive purchases over the next six months, and 28% cited Fibre Channel drives. Somewhat surprisingly, 25% said that SAS drives will account for the majority of their drive purchases. Not bad for an interface that has only been around for about two years.
Product Roundup: What's new with SAS?
August 5, 2008 -- In a recent online poll of <em>InfoStor</em> readers (including end users, VARs, and systems/storage integrators), 43% said that SATA drives will account for the majority of their disk drive purchases over the next six months, and 28% cited Fibre Channel drives. Somewhat surprisingly, 25% said that SAS drives will account for the majority of their drive purchases. Not bad for an interface that has only been around for about two years.
Storage buyers battle struggling economy
August 4, 2008 -- Economic downturns typically touch off budget cuts and if IT buyers have not felt the squeeze yet, you will: It's coming and coming fast. ...
Wikibon launches energy initiative
August 4, 2008 -- Wikibon, a technology research and advisory community, today announced an energy conservation initiative ...
Using data de-dupe for VM backup
August 4, 2008 -- For today's IT decision-makers, storage provisioning is at the core of a perfect storm hitting IT operations. More applications requiring more primary data are coming online, just as IT is changing its backup media of choice from tape to disk. This considerably elevates the importance of any technology, such as data de-duplication, that can help IT contain the consumption of disk resources.
Lab Review: Using data de-dupe for VM backup
August 1, 2008 -- For today's IT decision-makers, storage provisioning is at the core of a perfect storm hitting IT operations. ...
SAS/SATA array leverages PCIe
August 1, 2008 -- On the surface, the latest addition to JMR&rsquo;s BlueStor line of disk arrays appears to be a &ldquo;me too&rdquo; SAS/SATA subsystem.
Pillar accelerates disk arrays
August 1, 2008 -- Pillar Data Systems continued to push its arrays from the midrange into the enterprise with the launch of the Axiom 600 and 600MC (Mission Critical), which have more horsepower and application provisioning profiles than previous versions.
Software market to surpass $17 billion
August 1, 2008 -- According to a recent report from International Data Corp. (IDC), &ldquo;Worldwide Storage Software 2008-2012 Forecast,&rdquo; the global market for storage software will exceed $17 billion by 2012, representing a 9.6% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2007 through 2012.
New Products
August 1, 2008 -- Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer?s guide for professionals.
What is data-protection management (DPM) 2.0?
August 1, 2008 -- DPM tools have evolved from narrow reporting on backup jobs to expansive control of the data-protection environment.
When will we see FCoE?
August 1, 2008 -- Adoption of the Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) standard will require cooperation between the IT storage and networking teams.
Dell adds storage services
August 1, 2008 -- <p>In an effort to streamline its storage consulting services, Dell is bringing together technologies and storage expertise from recent acquisitions and partnerships to improve its storage management, data protection, and disaster-recovery service offerings.</p>
Cisco enhances virtual data centers
August 1, 2008 -- Cisco recently began shipping several additions to its portfolio of Data Center 3.0 unified fabric products and services aimed at helping customers virtualize data centers and provision applications more efficiently.
Briefs
August 1, 2008 -- This section takes on late-breaking business and partnership news written for industry insiders.
Guidelines for tape media management
August 1, 2008 -- Adhering to simple procedures can extend the life of your tape media and ensure data protection.
HP adds data de-dupe options
August 1, 2008 -- Hewlett-Packard recently began shipping a new crop of enterprise-class virtual tape libraries (VTLs) equipped with data de-duplication software OEM&rsquo;d from Sepaton, as well as a homegrown de-duplication feature for its family of disk-based backup systems for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
It's all about data protection
August 1, 2008 -- As is often the case, the bulk of the features in this issue focus on data-protection technologies and trends.
LTO-4 encryption secures data
August 1, 2008 -- Encryption is often necessary to secure data on tapes, and LTO-4 includes drive-level encryption.