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News Analysis Trends

4Gbps FC products roll out

Products based on the next generation of Fibre Channel, which has a maximum throughput rate of 4Gbps, began trickling out early this year, and a deluge is expected in the fourth quarter.

EMC extends Centera software

When EMC’s Centera content-addressed storage (CAS) system hit the market in 2002, customers tried it with single applications such as e-mail, imaging, etc.

Gartner: Steady growth for storage software

According to IT consulting firm Gartner Inc., the storage software market grew 7.9% in 2003 and 12.3% in 2004, reaching $5.6 billion in total revenue.

Microsoft enters D2D backup market

This month, Microsoft released to manufacturing its first disk-to-disk (D2D) backup/recovery software, Data Protection Manager, designed to help companies reduce the time spent on data backup and recovery.

NetApp acquires Decru for security

Citing customer demand for data security, Network Appliance is in the process of acquiring Decru, a privately owned storage security company, for approximately $272 million in cash and stock.

Storage and ECM converging

Once considered separate disciplines within IT organizations, enterprise content management (ECM) and storage management are converging.

Storage virtualization heats up

Adoption of storage virtualization is accelerating in Fortune 1000 companies, with many IT organizations planning to implement virtualization first to manage unstructured data and NAS environments.


A step-by-step guide to building tiered storage

Implementing tiered hardware is actually the last step to take.

Do you need fabric-based intelligence?

In the second part of our series we look at intelligent fabric devices from Brocade, Cisco, EMC, IBM, Maranti, MaXXan, and others.

Managing fixed-content data with CAS

In the first part of a two-part series, we look at object-based storage, or content-addressed storage (CAS), and “active archiving.

Why you need information management tools

Features to look for include search, classification, tracking and auditing, policy enforcement, information movement, and access control.


Best of breed vs. trusted brand

A great thing about the storage industry is that innovation can spring from anywhere.

Business Briefs

Case Studies

Compliance: Process takes center stage

Most IT organizations impacted by the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) have had more than nine months to work out the kinks in their efforts to comply with SOX Section 404, which went into effect last November.

Credit union addresses tape security

Recent reports of missing data tapes out of Bank of America, CitiGroup, and Time Warner highlight a growing concern in the industry about the potential security risks of saving data in clear-text format to tape media during backup, disaster recovery, and archival procedures.

Virtualization enables SAN consolidation

The story Jim Livingston, technology architect and director of the Data Resource Center for the University of Utah Health Sciences Center (UUHSC), recounts is one that many IT administrators-particularly those at medium-sized and large enterprises-can relate to.


DPM will bring D2D CDP to the masses

Microsoft’s recent release to the channel of its Data Protection Manager (DPM) backup/recovery software will no doubt fuel what is already one of the hottest trends in the storage industry: disk-to-disk backup.

New Products

Special Report

Tape drive/library trends: LTO surges

Credit a healthy tape market to the popularity of LTO, IT initiatives such as compliance, and applications such as ILM.

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Volume 9
Issue issue-8
August 2005