Industry News and Analysis

EMC racks up record results
January 31, 2009 -- EMC racks up record results
Quantum beefs up disk-based backup
January 30, 2009 -- Quantum has augmented the capacity and replication features of its DXi7500 disk-based backup system with its first significant round of upgrades for the de-duplicating storage platform.
Arkeia targets virtual servers
January 29, 2009 -- With the Version 8.0 release of its Arkeia Network Backup software, Arkeia Software has added a virtual appliance to its options for backup and recovery deployment.
Recent announcements from:
January 28, 2009 -- Alacritech, Enhance Technology, Hitachi, Overland Storage, QLogic, Spectra Logic and STEC.
Cisco expands switch lineup
January 28, 2009 -- Cisco continues to push its unified fabric infrastructure products into the enterprise with a slew of additions to its Nexus switch family and enhancements to its Catalyst products.
Brocade ships midrange backbone switch
January 27, 2009 -- Brocade is bringing the features and functions of its enterprise DCX Backbone switch into the midrange with the launch of the Brocade DCX-4S Backbone, a smaller version of its flagship platform for core and edge storage networking applications.
Hifn ships dual-function storage NIC
January 27, 2009 -- Hifn is now offering the Express DS 4100, a multifunction PCI NIC with bandwidth optimization and encryption features aimed at storage applications that move data across Ethernet networks.
CommVault upgrades Simpana management software
January 26, 2009 -- CommVault has released a new version of its flagship data protection software, Simpana 8, with upgraded recovery management, data de-duplication, virtual server protection and content management capabilities.
Application-centric storage challenges SANs
January 24, 2009 -- Application-centric storage challenges SANs
Analyst View: VDI and snapshots: A winning combination
January 23, 2009 -- The proliferation of user desktops is rapidly becoming an administrative quagmire for today's data centers. However, desktop virtualization products have recently emerged to reduce the negative economic impact of deploying a multitude of desktops.
Recent announcements from:
January 21, 2009 -- Adva Optical Networking, DNF Security, Overland Storage, QLogic, SiliconSystems, Sunbelt Software and Super Micro Computer.
SNIA releases 'green storage' metrics
January 21, 2009 -- <strong>January 21, 2009 --</strong> The Storage Networking Industry Association's (SNIA) Green Storage Initiative (GSI) group&nbsp;has released the first tools for classifying and measuring the energy consumption of storage systems.
SSDs a bright spot?
January 21, 2009 -- SSDs a bright spot?
Dot Hill ships 2.5-inch SAS arrays
January 19, 2009 -- <strong>January 19, 2009 --</strong> Dot Hill Systems has&nbsp;announced two entry-level RAID arrays equipped with small form factor (2.5-inch) SAS drives.
Syncsort Backup Express and NetApp - Advanced data protection and disaster recovery
January 16, 2009 -- Coupling NetApp's SnapMirror and SnapVault technology with Syncsort's Backup Express (BEX) software has created an integrated disk-based solution for data protection and disaster recovery of mission-critical digital assets. Within minutes of an outage or disaster, applications, databases and users can be accessing data and resuming business. This ESG Lab report focuses on the technologies that make this possible, including transparent integration with NetApp snapshot and replication technology and valuable Syncsort BEX services such as application-independent, source-side data reduction, fast and reliable disk-based data protection, near-instant data recovery and bare metal recovery of both physical and virtual servers.
Dr. Dedupe blog
January 16, 2009 -- Dr. Dedupe blog
Lab Review: Hyper-scalability for virtual machine I/O
January 15, 2009 -- Using Virtual Service Clients and Virtual Service Providers, Microsoft&rsquo;s Hyper-V creates a low-overhead environment for virtual machines that can provide a high degree of scalability on a state-of-the-art SAN.
Hyper-scalability for virtual machine I/O
January 15, 2009 -- Using Virtual Service Clients and Virtual Service Providers, Microsoft&rsquo;s Hyper-V creates a low-overhead environment for virtual machines that can provide a high degree of scalability on a state-of-the-art SAN.
Seagate debuts 3.5-inch enterprise drives
January 14, 2009 -- Seagate&nbsp;has added a pair of high-speed 3.5-inch drives to its Cheetah portfolio, with higher capacity points and lower power consumption than previous models.
Recent announcements from:
January 14, 2009 -- Atto Technology, Crescendo Networks, DataCore Software, Hitachi Data Systems, Nimbus Data Systems and Verari Systems.
2009 VAR outlook: temporarily grim
January 14, 2009 -- 2009 VAR outlook: temporarily grim
Microsoft taps Iron Mountain for cloud services
January 13, 2009 -- Microsoft's release of Service Pack 1 for Center Data Protection Manager includes bug fixes, support for&nbsp;Hyper-V and a new option that lets users make use of Iron Mountain Digital's cloud storage services.
Fujitsu boosts array performance
January 12, 2009 -- Fujitsu Computer Systems today announced the availability of a new family of midrange storage systems that uses quad-core processors and advanced cache management to double the performance over previous models.
How to lower file-based storage costs
January 9, 2009 -- For a number of years now, organizations have been experiencing exponential data growth and have been buying more and more storage to support this growth. As a result, the need to store data will continue to grow while budgets will be cut, which creates an incongruity.
HP StorageWorks SAN Virtualization Services Platform - Simplifying heterogeneous storage virtualization
January 8, 2009 -- This report documents the results of ESG Lab testing of the HP StorageWorks SAN Virtualization Services Platform (SVSP) 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.&nbsp; The enhanced high availability and disaster recovery capabilities of asynchronous remote mirroring are also presented.
Enterprise storage: 2009 outlook
January 8, 2009 -- Throughout 2008, the enterprise storage market proved surprisingly resilient compared to the overall IT sector (although spending started a steep slide in the fourth quarter). The outlook for enterprise storage in 2009 is, well, sketchy.
Recent announcements from:
January 7, 2009 -- ATTO Technology, DataCore Software, EMC, Iron Mountain Digital, QNAP Systems, ROBOBAK, Tech Data and WiebeTech.
Samsung, Imation launch SSD drives
January 7, 2009 -- At the Storage Visions Conference in Las Vegas this week, Samsung and Imation introduced enterprise-class solid-state disk (SSD) drives.
Top storage technologies for 2009
January 7, 2009 -- Top storage technologies for 2009
Startup combines NAS with cloud storage services
January 6, 2009 -- Storage startup CTERA Networks today unveiled a new product that combines a local NAS device with cloud storage services to provide small businesses with low-cost data protection.
EMC CLARiiON CX4 - Modular storage with real TCO impact
January 6, 2009 -- This ESG Lab report documents hands-on testing of the CLARiiON CX4 with a focus on major usability and manageability upgrades, UltraFlex modular I/O technology, Enterprise Flash Drive support, Virtual Provisioning, and integrated RecoverPoint replication working in concert with VMware Site Recovery Manager. The CX4 family's ability to optimize virtual server environments using the Navisphere Quality of Service Manager (NQM) and VMware Distributed Resource Scheduler (DRS) is also examined.
iSCSI plants roots in the Global 2000
January 2, 2009 -- A recent end-user survey conducted by TheInfoPro revealed several interesting findings regarding iSCSI adoption in Global 2000 organizations.
Making the Most of Your Storage Budget
January 1, 2009 -- Making the Most of Your Storage Budget How has the economy affected the storage market? Some IT managers are turning to new technologies like deduplication and solid state drives to get the most out of their storage spending. Download this eBook from Internet.com to see what's selling in the storage market and how your organization can prepare for the next generation of storage technologies.
Solving Storage for Your SMB
January 1, 2009 -- Solving Storage for Your SMB From one angle, the contrast between enterprise storage requirements and those of small and medium-sized businesses could hardly be greater. But from the perspective of problems to solve, there's a lot of common ground. As in the enterprise, SMBs must grapple with data protection, archiving, security, and availability issues, all under the burden of rapidly growing data.
The Guide to Business Continuity and Recovery
January 1, 2009 -- The Guide to Business Continuity and Recovery Business continuity is concerned with keeping the business running or getting back up and running as quickly as possible to minimize impacts. Disaster recovery helps restore a given service back into production. Either way, IT is responsible for making sure the business can access its data and applications in the wake of manmade or natural disaster. Download this Internet.com eBook to see what steps you can take to be prepared.
Putting the Green into IT
January 1, 2009 -- Putting the Green into IT Electricity use in data centers is skyrocketing, sending corporate energy bills through the roof, creating environmental concerns and generating negative publicity for large corporations. "Going Green" means looking to technologies like virtualization, energy-efficient chips and racks, and implementing policies that extend beyond the data center to all of your organization's employees.
Storage Networking, Part 1: SANs and Fibre Channel
January 1, 2009 -- Storage Networking, Part 1: SANs and Fibre Channel A storage network is any network that's designed to transport block-level storage protocols. But understanding the ins and outs of networked storage takes you deep into several of protocols. This guide covers SANs, Fibre Channels, Disk Arrays, Fabric, and IP Storage.
Storage Networking, Part 2: Configuration and Planning
January 1, 2009 -- Storage Networking, Part 2: Configuration and Planning Picking up where Part 1 left off, Part 2 of our look at storage networking examines configurations for SAN-attached servers and disk arrays, and also includes a look at the future of IP storage.
iSCSI plants roots in the Global 2000
January 1, 2009 -- There is ample evidence that iSCSI can provide significant benefits to organizations of all sizes today.
iSCSI plants roots in the Global 2000
January 1, 2009 -- There is ample evidence that iSCSI can provide significant benefits to organizations of all sizes today.
FalconStor brings de-dupe to NAS backups
January 1, 2009 -- FalconStor Software has extended the data de-duplication capabilities of its widely used Virtual Tape Library (VTL) product to a new segment of the data protection market?NAS-based disk-to-disk (D2D) backups.
Primary storage optimization moves forward
January 1, 2009 -- Adoption of PSO is picking up, but there are a number of issues and developments that may change the game.
Products
January 1, 2009 -- Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer?s guide for professionals.
The 'C' in CDP has been downgraded
January 1, 2009 -- <p>When I started writing this month&rsquo;s Special Report on continuous data protection (CDP), I had a goal of not gettinginto the &ldquo;true CDP&rdquo; vs. &ldquo;near CDP&rdquo; discussion/argument.</p>
SANmelody = storage virtualization panacea
January 1, 2009 -- With DataCore&rsquo;s SANmelody, SMB IT administrators can create central pools of virtual disk blocks using DAS and SAN-connected arrays, and then apply advanced features from thin provisioning to mirroring from one GUI.
ESG insights: pNFS boosts NAS performance
January 1, 2009 -- In our last column (see ?What?s next for NAS?? at infostor.com), we discussed scale-out NAS. As a follow-on to that article, we?re going to explore some new functionality that leverages scale-out architectures to drive performance improvements: parallel NFS (pNFS).
VDI and snapshots: A winning combination
January 1, 2009 -- The case for boot image snapshots is compelling in a vast majority of situations, including 75% or more storage space savings of boot image data.
CDP delivers granular recovery
January 1, 2009 -- "True" continuous data protection (CDP) enables companies to recover to any point in time (APIT), but do you really need to?
Brocade adds fabric monitoring service
January 1, 2009 -- Brocade has revamped an acquired network monitoring technol-ogy to offer customers a more comprehensive remote monitoring, alerting, and reporting service for data center fabrics.
Briefs
January 1, 2009 -- This section takes on late-breaking business and partnership news written for industry insiders.
Analyst View: Scalability is a multidimensional challenge
January 1, 2009 -- Traditionally, scalability has been myopically viewed in terms of capacity growth demands and addressed by simply adding more storage. However, an extreme rate of data growth, greater demands for online data availability and accessibility, and a growing demand for operational efficiencies (power, space, management), are all trends that question the viability of this lazy man?s approach to managing storage growth.
CDP delivers granular recovery
January 1, 2009 -- &ldquo;True&rdquo; continuous data protection (CDP) enables companies to recover to any point in time (APIT), but do you really need to?
Choosing the Right Server
January 1, 2009 -- Choosing the Right Server Servers are the unsung heroes of the corporate computing environment, working behind the scenes to help get the maximum benefit from the personal computers that people use every day. Before investing in server hardware, you need to consider applications, storage, processor, form factor, and more. Download this Internet.com eBook to help you choose wisely.
Dell extends EMC deal; Celerra added to lineup
January 1, 2009 -- Dell and EMC announced last month that they have extended the length and scope of their storage partnership, and that Dell will add EMC's Celerra NX4 NAS systems to its storage portfolio.
Dell extends EMC deal; Celerra added to lineup
January 1, 2009 -- Dell and EMC announced last month that they have extended the length and scope of their storage partnership, and that Dell will add EMC's Celerra NX4 NAS systems to its storage portfolio.
ESG insights: pNFS boosts NAS performance
January 1, 2009 -- In our last column, we discussed scale-out NAS. As a follow-on to that article, we're going to explore some new functionality that leverages scale-out architectures to drive performance improvements: parallel NFS (pNFS).