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Lab Review: 8Gbps SAN bolsters VOE
<strong>November 3, 2008</strong> -- Most IT managers consider virtual operating environments (VOEs), such as the VMware ESX infrastructure, to be the magic bullet for lowering the cost of IT operations.
8Gbps FC SAN bolsters VOE
Most IT managers consider virtual operating environments (VOEs), such as the VMware ESX infrastructure, to be the magic bullet for lowering the cost of IT operations. To realize that opportunity, however, IT must be ready to handle scalability on two dimensions: virtual machines (VMs) must scale to support I/O- or compute-intensive applications, and VOE servers must scale to support a growing load of VMs.
Recent announcements from:
Asigra, Citrix, DataDirect Networks, Data Domain, F5 Networks, Plasmon Holding LLC, Plasmon PLC, QLogic, Robobak, STEC Inc., SteelEye
The Petabytes are Coming: Will Your Content Repository Scale?
The Petabytes are Coming: Will Your Content Repository Scale? Originally Broadcast: Oct 30, 2008 Overview: An explosion of user-generated content has dramatically shifted the dynamics and economics of storage. Faced with terabyte- and petabyte-sized mountains of unstructured data, a broad range of industries including Digital Media, Web 2.0 and traditional enterprises are clamoring for fundamentally different approaches to their extreme storage needs. Whether they are hosting video, images, music, data or documents, these businesses need storage systems that can scale, are easy to use and manage, and break new ground in terms of affordability. For many of these companies, data is their business. Join this webcast as Pete Brey of HP reviews how HP is helping customers build next-generation file serving environments that scale to meet ever-changing storage demands. Pete will preview the soon-to-be-released HP StorageWorks 9100 Extreme Data Storage System. He'll explain how this turnkey platform targets the specific requirements of petabyte-scale deployments with independent performance and capacity scaling and simplified management, at a fraction of the cost of traditional enterprise class storage. Pete will also provide real-world examples of how companies can deploy ExDS to sustain their current storage needs while better positioning for growth.
Users get "excited" over storage vendors, technologies
Users get "excited" over storage vendors, technologies
EMC software tracks server changes
EMC has been offering products that troubleshoot storage and network infrastructures for some time and is now bringing those capabilities into the server world.
Riverbed virtualizes remote offices
Riverbed Technology continues to enhance its WAN optimization software and hardware appliances to extend their reach from the data center to branch offices and mobile workers.
We need standards for SSDs
We need standards for SSDs
Reldata ships iSCSI RAID array
Reldata this week introduced the 9240i RAID array, a SAS-only disk subsystem with up to 12TB of capacity in a 2U form factor, expandable up to 120TB per RAID controller.
Overland launches backup appliances for remote sites
Overland Storage today added a new family of disk-based appliances to its product family in an effort to simplify moving data between disk and tape-based backup systems across the WAN.
When will we see FCoE?
When will we see FCoE?
Dell mulls FCoE support
Dell mulls FCoE support
Recent announcements from:
CaminoSoft, Dell, Dot Hill Systems, FalconStor Software, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, IBM, Intel, i365 Inc., LSI, Microsoft, Mimosa Systems, NEC, RAID Inc., Seagate, Silicon Mountain Holdings, Starline Computer GmbH, Sun, VMware
Excess capacity abounds as storage budgets tighten
<strong>October 24, 2008</strong> -- In anticipation of belt tightening and possible budget cuts heading into 2009, IT buyers adjusted their spending and accelerated technology refresh projects in the second half of this year
FCoE vs. iSCSI, take 1
FCoE vs. iSCSI, take 1
Server Virtualization and Its Impact on Storage
Server Virtualization and Its Impact on Storage Originally Broadcast: Oct 23, 2008 Overview: Virtual servers are red hot, but a virtualized environment has a lot of implications for end users' storage strategies. In this webcast, the Taneja Group research and consulting firm will examine all of these issues, pinpointing the challenges and highlighting solutions that will enable users to get the most out of their virtual server environments -- including solid data protection and SAN strategies.
Time to optimize?
Time to optimize?
The hottest technologies at SNW
The hottest technologies at SNW
CommVault, McAfee partner to battle Symantec
CommVault and security specialist McAfee announced a new partnership today that will spawn integrated storage and security software products, joint product development and marketing activities with an eye toward battling Symantec in the channel.
SNW and unanswered questions
SNW and unanswered questions
SNW product highlights wrap-up
<strong>October 17, 2008</strong> -- We close out coverage of product introductions at this week's Storage Networking World show with a number of software releases.
SNW product highlights, Day 4
Continuing&nbsp;our coverage of product announcements at this week's Storage Networking World (SNW) show in Dallas . . .
Recent announcements from:
Adaptec, Citrix, C2C, DataCore Software, EMC, Emulex, Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Ltd., IBM, Isilon Systems, Microsoft, Mimosa Systems, Pillar Data Systems, QLogic, SiliconSystems, Symantec, 3PAR, VMware
Why trade shows? Because we need the eggs
Why trade shows? Because we need the eggs
SNW product highlights, Day 3
For the third consecutive time at the Storage Networking World (SNW) conference, a group of vendors gathered to extol the virtues of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).
SNW product highlights, Day 1
Over the next few days the <em>InfoStor</em> team will be bringing you product highlights from the Storage Networking World (SNW) trade show in Dallas.
LSI StoreAge SVM - Simplifying Heterogeneous Storage Virtualization
This report documents the results of ESG Lab testing of LSI StoreAge SVM version 5 with a focus on the fundamentals of heterogeneous storage virtualization, including centralized management, ease of use, thin provisioning, data mobility and capacity-efficient point-in-time snapshots. The enhanced high availability and disaster recovery capabilities of synchronous local and remote mirroring are also presented.
Storage virtualization grows up, slowly
The main reason for the popularity of server virtualization is that it helps drive down costs by slashing the number of physical machines companies have to buy, manage, power, and cool.
Recent announcements from:
Adaptec, Databasement, DataCore Software, IBM, Index Engines, Ocarina Networks, Parallels, ProStor Systems, QStar Technologies, Quantum, SiliconSystems, SNIA, 3PAR
Fujitsu debuts unified storage for SMBs
Fujitsu Computer Systems this week became the latest storage vendor to offer small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) a unified storage system that serves both block and file data with the debut of the UDS 1000 storage appliance.
Symantec takes new tack toward clustering
Virtual server technologies are forcing storage vendors to rethink and redesign products on what seems like a daily basis.
Dell dives further into D2D backup
On the heels of rolling out a high-end iSCSI SAN array, Dell is hoping to continue its storage momentum by turning its attention to the disk-to-disk (D2D) backup market.
Nexsan enables archiving-as-a-service
In an effort to make online archiving more cost-effective for managed service providers (MSPs), Nexsan today announced the availability of Assureon 6.0,
Recent announcements from:
Asempra, Convergence Technology Consulting, Emulex, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, LabTech Software, Open-E, Plasmon, StorageCraft Technology, Virtual Iron, Vision Solutions, Xcedex, Xiotech
F5 bolsters file virtualization management
File virtualization specialist F5 Networks is set to announce a pair of new products next week for moving and managing unstructured data.
Lab Review: One-button iSCSI management
With attributes such as lower infrastructure acquisition costs and the ability to run on existing IP networks, iSCSI storage solutions are particularly attractive to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
IBM DS5000 Series - Real-World Performance for Virtualized Systems
Networked storage is being deployed in conjunction with server virtualization by a growing number of organizations to consolidate, reduce costs and improve the flexibility and availability of mission-critical applications, including databases and e-mail. ESG research indicates that IT managers looking to reap the benefits of server and storage consolidation are concerned about performance. This ESG Lab report presents the results of a new performance benchmark methodology that was designed to assess the real-world performance capabilities of an IBM SAN-attached DS5300 storage system deployed in a highly virtualized, consolidated data center.
StorMagic enables one-button iSCSI management
With attributes such as lower infrastructure acquisition costs and the ability to run on existing IP networks, iSCSI storage solutions are particularly attractive to small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). However, when faced with the constantly expanding need for storage capacity, IT decision-makers have shown surprising coolness toward adoption of iSCSI.
HP acquires LeftHand
<strong>October 2, 2008</strong> -- Hewlett-Packard made a move to strengthen its presence in the iSCSI SAN market this week when the company announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire LeftHand Networks for $360 million in cash.
What is cloud-based storage?
The first installment in a three-part series looks at how ?storage in the cloud? will impact users and IT organizations.
IBM ships SAS-based SAN for blades
IBM today announced a blade system chassis that includes blade servers, networking gear, management software, and a new SAN based on a Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) fabric.
Business Briefs
This section takes on late-breaking business and partnership news written for industry insiders.
Dell's iSCSI array tuned for VMware
Dell recently launched its latest salvo in the iSCSI storage market with the debut of the Dell EqualLogic PS5500E, a SAN array with triple the capacity of prior products and integrated data-protection tools for VMware virtual server environments.
Dell's iSCSI array tuned for VMware
Dell recently launched its latest salvo in the iSCSI storage market with the debut of the Dell EqualLogic PS5500E, a SAN array with triple the capacity of prior products and integrated data-protection tools for VMware virtual server environments.
EMC tackles VMware management
At the VMworld conference last month, EMC announced a round of upgrades to its ControlCenter storage resource management (SRM) software, including Application Discovery Manager (ADM) and EMC Infra service desk system products that blend the management of traditional physical systems with VMware virtual machines.
Hosted storage gets cloudy
I&rsquo;m not quite as enthusiastic about cloud-based storage as Jeff is, but I do agree that it&rsquo;s here to stay, if only because of the relatively recent presence of big guns such as EMC, IBM, and Symantec, not to mention Amazon and Google.
iSCSI + virtual servers = better DR
Implementing a solid disaster-recovery system may not be as costly or complex as you think.
Products
Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer&rsquo;s guide for professionals.
Q&A: Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
Solution Technology?s Robert Kembel addresses users? questions regarding the emerging Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) standard.
Q&A: Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)
Solution Technology's Robert Kembel addresses users' questions regarding the emerging Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) standard.
Users react to de-duplication deals
In part one of our two-part series on disk-to-disk backup and data de-duplication (see &ldquo;De-dupe inches into VTL backup&rdquo; at <a href="http://www.infostor.com/">www.infostor.com</a>) we examined where and how de-duplication is being used in the data center.
Virtualization: HP bundles EVA, clustering
Hewlett-Packard is shipping a new virtual storage system comprising an Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) 4400 with scalable NAS file serving software developed via HP?s acquisition of PolyServe.