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Business Briefs

News Analysis Trends

Compliance advice: Keep it simple

The vendor hype surrounding regulatory compliance is reaching a feverish pitch this year, but some vendors and consultants are advising users not to over-react.

E-mail management tops users’ priority list

In the latest end-user survey on storage management conducted by TheInfoPro (TIP) research firm, e-mail management came out on top of the “Technology Heat Index” ranking, which weights technologies based on users’ adoption plans and the relative amount of spending (see figure).

Early adopters praise CDP

It has been several years in the making, but end users are beginning to embrace the concept of continuous data protection (CDP), a new category of data protection that industry experts believe has the potential to change the face of “backup and recovery” as we know it today.

EMC software manages SAN changes

Targeting the 40% of downtime that Gartner Inc. claims is caused by operator error, EMC this month began shipping new functionality for its ControlCenter family of storage resource management (SRM) software.

FineGround joins WAFS pack

Next month, FineGround Inc. is expected to begin shipments of a wide area file services (WAFS) appliance, putting the company in competition with other WAFS vendors such as Cisco (via its acquisition of Actona Technologies), DiskSites, Riverbed, and Tacit Networks.

IBM, NetApp team up against EMC

IBM and Network Appliance last month announced a broad OEM agreement designed to combat mutual arch-rival EMC, primarily in the NAS market.

Kasten Chase targets CAS

Kasten Chase, a vendor of data encryption appliances for the storage market, recently extended the support of its Assurency SecureData appliance to content-addressable storage (CAS)-based data archives, citing potential security risks with this architecture.

NetApp banks on VTL, buys Alacritus

Network Appliance this month is expected to finalize its acquisition of virtual tape library (VTL) vendor Alacritus Software in an all-cash transaction valued at about $11 million, a move NetApp officials say should help the company further expand its secondary, or backup, storage business.

SNIA adds standards specifications

At last month’s Storage Networking World (SNW) conference, the Storage Networking Industry Association announced new specifications that recently passed SNIA approval for further development, including the iSCSI Management API, Multipath Management API, and Common RAID Disk Data Format (DDF).

Survey shows users replacing tape

Although the vast majority of all backup/recovery operations are still based on tape, the trend is clearly toward disk-based backup and recovery.

Virtualization activity picks up

Although storage virtualization is still in its infancy, a December 2004 IT spending survey conducted by Goldman Sachs shows strong interest in the technology among Fortune 1000 companies, despite a slight dip in interest since last fall.


Debunking the on-demand storage utility

A contrarian’s view of why the storage utility model’s promise of on-demand provisioning may be inappropriate/contraindicated for your corporate health.

Reader I O

How to determine server-storage ratios

A common mistake is to size the number of attached servers based upon the usable capacity of a storage device or the number of available ports.

New Products

Special Report

SANs move downstream to SMBs

Case studies illustrate why, and how, small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are adopting SANs-both Fibre Channel and iSCSI.

Snia On Storage

SNIA creates security best practices

Follow these guidelines and you’ll be on your way to secure resources, data, and media.


Storage’s role in entertainment creation/distribution

Increasing resolutions, the move to digital content/distribution, video-on-demand, and digital archiving are driving the need for huge storage capacity and bandwidth.


TIP turns up the heat

We’ve said it before, but TheInfoPro’s surveys are the most comprehensive end-user research we’ve seen.

Analysts View

Understanding information life-cycle management, part 3

In the last article in our series on ILM we focus on strategies/products from IBM, Hewlett-Packard, ADIC, and FalconStor.

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Volume 9
Issue issue-5
May 2005