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News Analysis Trends

Analyst View: Intelligent switches turn the corner

Virtualization and fabric-based applications are slowly gaining acceptance as end users realize the potential benefits.

CommVault adds data-protection modules

CommVault split its annual upgrade to the QiNetix suite of data-management products into three announcements this quarter in the areas of data protection, lifecycle management, and operations.

FilesX offers ‘CDP on-demand’

FilesX recently announced a continuous data protection (CDP) On-Demand feature through its Xpress Restore disk-based backup/recovery software.

ILM becomes #1 management priority

A recent end-user survey conducted by TheInfoPro research firm (“Wave 6” of TIP’s semi-annual surveys) indicates that information lifecycle management (ILM) is now ranked as the top storage management priority for high-end enterprises.

Open source group fuels controversy

An IBM-lead group of nine storage hardware and software vendors surprised attendees at the Storage Networking World conference in October when they announced a plan to form a non-profit, open source community aimed at developing a heterogeneous, standards-based common storage management platform.

Silverback enters iSCSI HBA market

Silverback Systems, known primarily as a chip vendor, recently entered the nascent market for iSCSI host bus adapters (HBAs).

Survey reveals lack of data security

A recent survey conducted by GlassHouse Technologies, a storage consulting and services provider, reveals that of the 344 participating companies 54% have no documented procedures for protecting stored data from theft or tampering, and a whopping 69% of executives rate their storage departments’ security readiness as “fair” or “poor”

Business Briefs

Case Study

Chevron upgrades SAN with tiered storage

Four tiers of storage range from high-end disk arrays to low-cost tape libraries for archiving.


Lower TCO with NAS consolidation

In addition to lowering overall costs, consolidation improves performance, availability, scalability, and service levels.

NAS gateways tame file growth

Consolidation and scalability help cut costs, improve manageability, and deliver better service.

New Products

Special Report

Reader survey reveals backup-and-recovery trends

<i>InfoStor</i>&rsquo;s annual survey shows that end users are coming to grips with data-protection issues.

Why you need DPM tools for backup and recovery

Data protection management (DPM) software provides visibility into, and control over, backup-and-recovery operations.


Roll-your-own management code

The most recent end-user survey from TheInfoPro (TIP) research firm as usual included a number of surprises.

Snia On Storage

The role of ILM in a virtual data center

SNIA is developing standards that will ensure interoperability in ILM implementations.

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Volume 9
Issue issue-12
December 2005