Industry News and Analysis

2Gbps Fibre Channel coming this year
Even though 1Gbps Fibre Channel is still in the early adoption stages at IT organizations, a number of vendors have already demonstrated 2Gbps (200MBps maximum bandwidth per loop or channel) Fibre Channel products. Examples include Agilent Technologies, Ancot, Emu-lex, Eurologic, Finisar, QLogic, and Seagate Technology.
Raidtec ships NAS engine, server
Raidtec has begun shipments of a network-attached storage (NAS) engine for OEMs and systems integrators, as well as a server based on the engine.
STORAGE SYSTEMS: Fibre Channel SANs: an overview
A look at storage area network benefits, the Fibre Channel interface, and network components.
STORAGE SYSTEMS: Drive/controller advances for SANs
Technologies include XOR, multi-port, full duplex, multiple exchanges and sequences, independent LIP controllers, outstanding credits, LRCs, and LUN mapping.
Storage Marketing Strategies for the Next Millennium
As the storage vendor community prepares to enter the Next Millennium it needs to prepare itself to embrace a new set of storage marketing challenges associated with the year 2000. Whether you provide storage products and services on an OEM level, through the Channel or Direct to End-users (or any combination of all of these), most of you will no doubt have observed that the landscape for selling and marketing these products has been broadening dramatically as we wound down the 1990's. This
STORAGE MANAGEMENT: Using CIM and WBEM for management
SNIA recently demonstrated storage management using the Common Information Model and Web-Based Enterprise Management standards.
STK regroups, exits solutions business
StorageTek last month outlined the first phase of a broad reorganization plan, which calls for the reduction of 1,600 to 1,750 positions by mid-year, a recommitment to key product areas, and an immediate exit from cost- prohibitive businesses.
STA clears up SCSI naming confusion
After months of political infighting, the SCSI Trade Association (STA) recently firmed up the nomenclature for current and next-generation SCSI devices.
SPECIAL REPORT: NAS comes out of the shadows
Network-attached storage (NAS) can provide scalability, manageability, and file-sharing benefits to a diverse user base.
Seagate to acquire XIOtech
Seagate Technology announced plans last month to acquire XIOtech Corp. for approximately $360 million in stock. The acquisition marks the disk-drive manufacturer's entrance into the subsystem market XIOtech's flagship product, the Magnitude RAID array, is designed for
Optical advances to boost capacity, speed Startup promises 140GB; Maxoptix bets on OSD
Growing mountains of data are forcing the storage industry to develop innovative approaches to keep up with demands. As a result, storage administrators should see significantly higher capacity optical drives and media by the end of the year.
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M&A action bodes well for storage buyers
Fueling an ongoing trend, the storage industry rang in the new year with a number of interesting mergers, acquisitions, and corporate investments. Although I hate to see small, innovative companies gobbled up by big, bureaucratic companies, it's good news
HP delivers a midlife kicker for DDS DAT
To decrease the heavy costs of "rip-and-replace" tape technology upgrades, try to preserve your existing investments.
HP consolidates NT storage
Taking aim at former partner EMC, Hewlett-Packard last month unveiled a Windows NT storage consolidation initiative consisting of products and services. According to a survey conducted by Find/SVP more than 75% of IT managers are consolidating their NT storage.
Fibre Channel components on fast growth path
As evidence that Fibre Channel-based storage area networks (SANs) are gaining momentum at IT organizations, shipments of Fibre Channel devices continued on a torrid pace last year, a trend that is expected to continue this year.
CONNECTIVITY: Prepare for the shift to switched fabrics
The road from PCI's shared-bus architecture to InfiniBand switched fabric architecture is through PCI-X.
Compaq, HighGround announce SAN alliance
Compaq Computer and HighGround Systems announced a wide-ranging partnership last month that could help Compaq deliver storage resource management functionality to multi-platform storage area networks (SANs).
CommVault prepares to launch Galaxy
This month, CommVault Systems plans to formally announce Galaxy, a storage management suite initially targeting enterprise-class NT environments
Application recovery: Is your head in the sand?
The prevalence of distributed business applications running in diverse, multi-vendor computing environments has created new data management challenges
Analysts View: NAS market review and projections
According to International Data Corp.'s Server Workloads, 1997-2002 study, 23% (or $15.5 billion) of the $67.6 billion general-purpose server market is currently applied to the prosaic task of file serving.
Three ways to approach SAN deployment
As a storage professional, you know storage can no longer be relegated to the backwaters of IT planning. According to Farid Neema, president of Peripheral Concepts, a storage market research firm in Santa Barbara, CA, enterprise storage requirements are growing at around 60% annually.