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Business Briefs

News Analysis Trends

Cisco enables fabric applications

Although third-party applications aren’t expected for at least a few months, Cisco last month announced hardware and software that will make it easier for application vendors to port to the company’s MDS 9000 switches to create what Cisco refers to as “intelligent fabric applications”

Disk array market shares shifting

According to estimates released last month by Gartner Inc., EMC held on to its number-one ranking in the market for external disk arrays, gaining a 2% market share on a 2003-to-2004 revenue surge of 15.5%.

EMC adds searching, chargeback to Centera

It’s a well-known fact that a backup application is only as good as its recovery capabilities: How quickly and easily (if at all) can data be restored to users when needed? Similarly, a data archive is only as good its ability to locate, recover, and leverage the data it contains across the enterprise.

HP to unify server and storage management

Hewlett-Packard recently announced plans to develop a unified server/storage management platform.

Kazeon manages unstructured data

Kazeon, a provider of unstructured information management products, previewed its upcoming product at this month’s Storage Networking World conference The company is a two-year-old start-up in Mountain View, CA, that is backed by $17 million in funding.

StorageTek stresses services

Services have become an important revenue source for storage vendors over the past couple of years, a trend that research firm International Data Corp. expects will continue over the next several years.

Tape market WORMs its way to new growth

Companies heavily regulated by compliance legislation, such as SEC 17a-4 or the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, have an obvious interest in the addition of write-once, read-many (WORM) support by most “super tape” drive manufacturers.

Who’s using fabric-based intelligence, and why?

Although surveys indicate that users would prefer to run storage services (virtualization, provisioning, volume management, replication, etc.) on fabric-based switches or specialized appliances or controllers, actual adoption of this technology has been slow.


Comparing Fibre Channel and Serial ATA

The goal is to gain the advantages of Fibre Channel with low-cost Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives in nearline enterprise applications as well as mainstream SMB applications.

Object-based storage: Making disks smarter

Object-based storage devices (OSD) and shared file systems are the next evolution of storage technology.

Take a new look at data protection

A wide variety of technologies exist to help you achieve the appropriate degree, or level, of data protection.

Lab Review

iSCSI vs. FC, Windows vs. Linux

Our first shot at creating an iSCSI-based IP SAN for SMBs yields impressive results, but not without caveats.

New Products

Special Report

The devilish details of disk-to-disk backup

Extensive testing of a variety of disk-based backup/recovery products reveals that ‘to D2D or to D2D2T’ is not the only question.

Analyst View

Understanding information life-cycle management, part 2

The second article in our three-part series looks at the ILM strategies and products of EMC, Network Appliance, Veritas, and StorageTek.


Vote for the Most Valuable Products

<span style="font-style: italic; ">InfoStor</span>, in conjunction with the Association of Storage Networking Professionals (www.asnp.org), is once again co-sponsoring the Most Valuable Product (MVP) Awards.

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Volume 9
Issue issue-4
April 2005