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News Analysis Trends

…but tape library market remains healthy

Despite increasing use of disk in secondary storage environments, particularly for backup/recovery, Ojai, CA-based Freeman Reports says there is little, if any, evidence of a significant shift away from tape to disk among users.

AppIQ adds modules to software suite

AppIQ wants to be a dominant player in the SAN management and storage resource management (SRM) space, and the company appears to have a good start.

Availl adds twist to ‘WAFS’

Judging from recent business activity, wide area file services (WAFS) is among the hottest trends in the storage industry.

Brocade branches out

Brocade recently signaled its intention to move beyond its switch and director focus with two announcements that fall under the new Tapestry product line umbrella.

Ellison’s storage company launches

After nearly four years in stealth mode, Pillar Data Systems this month finally launched itself and its first product-the Axiom disk array.

IDC: Healthy growth for disk systems

In the first quarter of this year, revenue for worldwide external disk storage systems grew for the eight consecutive quarter, according to International Data Corp.&rsquo;s <span style="font-style: italic; ">Worldwide Disk Storage Systems Tracker</span> report.

NetApp bolsters midrange

According to the META Group consulting firm, more than 70% of data-center storage requirements can be addressed by modular midrange storage arrays.

NetEx accelerates replication

Network Executive Software (NetEx) makes no secret about it: The data transport company, spun off from StorageTek in 1999, wants to make Fibre Channel over IP WAN technologies obsolete.

Njini manages unstructured data

In introducing the first modules in its Information Asset Management (IAM) software suite, start-up Njini joins a growing list of vendors that are trying to help users not only better manage growing stockpiles of unstructured data, but also-and perhaps more importantly-extract business value from the data.

Signiant delivers &lsquo;active archive&rsquo;

Burlington, MA-based Signiant will enter the active archive market next month with production shipments of its ActiveArchiver software.

Sun-STK to create &lsquo;info ecosystem&rsquo;

Sun&rsquo;s conference call last month announcing its plans to acquire StorageTek for $4.1 billion-the largest acquisition in Sun&rsquo;s history-provided a 50,000-foot overview of the transaction, but since then Sun has been in a relatively quiet period between the announcement and the close of the acquisition, which is expected late summer or early fall.

User support for D2D rising&#x2026;

A recent <span style="font-style: italic; ">InfoStor</span> reader survey appears to back vendor claims that disk-based backup has shed its &ldquo;early adopter&rdquo; status and is being more broadly implemented by users to protect growing data volumes.

Business Briefs


Do you need fabric-based intelligence?

The first article in a two-part series examines the potential benefits of running storage applications in fabric devices.

Guidelines for effective e-mail archiving

Getting control of electronic messaging involves software tools, tiered storage, and enterprise content management (ECM).

New Products

Snia On Storage

SNIA adds tests for SMI-S management software

A status report on the Storage Management Initiative Specification shows steady progress on all fronts.

Special Report

The benefits of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)

One key advantage is support for both SCSI and Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives.


The sun sets in Louisville (CO)

The Sun-StorageTek deal is still causing crowds at water coolers and more than a little confusion and consternation among the companies&rsquo; customers, channel partners, and financial analysts.

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Volume 9
Issue issue-7
July 2005