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Business Briefs

News Analysis Trends

Cisco embraces InfiniBand

Cisco recently began shipping a new InfiniBand-based Server Fabric Switch (SFS) and VFrame 3.0 data-center virtualization software, both aimed at boosting the company’s presence in the utility computing market and moving the utility concept from arrays into the network.

EMC ‘validates’ CDP

At the Storage Networking World conference last month, EMC introduced its information protection strategy with three products that form the company’s new recovery management software portfolio.

HP acquires AppIQ, Peregrine

Hewlett-Packard recently completed its acquisition of AppIQ, a developer of SAN management and storage resource management (SRM) software with a focus on the SMI-S management standard.

IBM updates SVC, ships virtual tape

IBM recently announced a series of storage and server virtualization products, including the eighth release of its TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller (SVC) virtualization appliance with a new set of replication services for heterogeneous disk arrays.

Microsoft outlines future storage plans

On the heels of releasing its System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) software, Microsoft has recently been hinting at its storage product plans through 2007, including a new beta release of the Windows Storage Server 2003 operating system and a line of appliances aimed at remote offices.

Removable disk cartridges aimed at tape

Disk-based backup has quickly found its way into the storage plans of many organizations, but tape lives on for many reasons: It’s removable and inexpensive and has a shelf life that meets long-term archival requirements.

Sun sketches post-acquisition strategy

Two months after it closed the $4.1 billion acquisition of StorageTek, Sun Microsystems is hinting at how it plans to become a major player in the storage industry.

Tacit, Packeteer link WAFS, WAN optimization

Tacit Networks and Packeteer have entered into a strategic alliance enabling joint customers to consolidate and centralize e-mail, Web servers, and file servers at corporate data centers while delivering optimized application performance to branch-office users.


Data protection over WANs: The network

There are two alternatives to vaulting via trucks-the Internet and private line networks, each with advantages and disadvantages.

SATA, SAS drive toward the enterprise

Serial ATA, Serial Attached SCSI, and/or Fibre Channel? Here are some guidelines to help you make the call.

Analyst View

ILM requires data classification

A complete information life-cycle management strategy should include integrated automation, policy creation, discovery, and data classification.


Is CDP hot, or not?

Over the last year more than a dozen start-ups have climbed into the so-called continuous data protection (CDP) market, and the last few months saw the entry of heavyweights such as Microsoft, IBM, Symantec and, most recently, EMC (see “EMC ‘validates’ CDP,” on the cover).

New Products

Special Report

SAN management merging with SRM

The goal is to get rid of Visio, Excel, pencils, and erasers and to automate the process of managing storage networks.

Product Roundup

SAS-SATA rollouts accelerate

Adapters, controllers, and subsystems based on the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface-the successor to the venerable parallel SCSI interface-are rolling out in production volumes, and SAS-based servers are available from vendors such as Hewlett-Packard and IBM.

Snia On Storage

SMI-S 1.1 introduces value-added services

The latest version of the storage management standard includes services for data protection, security, policy management, and more.

Case Studies

Users take different approaches to D2D

Babysitting arduous backup-and-restore operations is nobody’s idea of fun.

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Volume 9
Issue issue-11
November 2005