Industry News and Analysis

Addressing SAN security issues
Security breaches pose a threat to storage area network data, but there are a number of steps that IT managers can take to ward off potential problems.
McData expands SAN support
Last month, McData introduced the FabricReady Partner program and a new FabricPak Solution, with the goal of accelerating adoption of storage area networks (SANs). Known for its data-center-class Fibre Channel Dir-ectors and switches, the company says these announcements tie in with its long-term plans to compete in the NT consolidation market
Windows 2000 storage-part 2
W2K file system lays storage foundation
Views on NAS, SAN markets
For several years now, we've been hearing about how SAN technology will revolutionize the IT world. In contrast, NAS hasn't been anywhere near as hyped; nonetheless
Vendors push SAN-based NAS backup
The proverbial thud being heard throughout IT shops is the sound of a closing backup window. In response, a six-vendor alliance has announced a bundled architecture to provide storage area network (SAN)-based, LAN-free backup configurations for Network Appliance's network-attached storage (NAS) "filers."
Ultra160 SCSI boosts performance, reliability
Key features include double-edged clocking, cyclical redundancy checking (CRC), and domain validation.
Storage is the key to NT consolidation
Last year, Microsoft shipped about two million copies of NT Server, up 25% from 1998. This meteoric growth is expected to continue in 2000, despite the availability of Windows 2000 and the increasing popularity of Linux.
Storage highlights NAB show
Each year, more and more storage vendors use the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show to highlight their wares, and this year is no exception, in part because of the broad acceptance of Fibre Channel in the video and entertainment markets. NAB2000 will take place April 8-13 in Las Vegas
SNIA launches NAS working group
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) last month announced the formation of a network-attached storage (NAS) working group in an effort to standardize technology and terminology
SNI receives additional financing
Centripetal to enter SSP arena
Server-less backup to take center stage
The technology is evolving slowly, but the benefits take you one step beyond LAN-free backup.
Legato begins online SAN training
Last month, Legato Systems became the first software provider to offer free, product-independent storage area network (SAN) training sessions via the Internet.
And the winners are . . .
At the recent I/O Technologies Forum and Server I/O conference, Compaq's Richard Lary received the Lifetime Achievement Award based on his contributions to I/O technology development
InfiniBand to go beyond server I/O
All of the hoopla surrounding the next-generation I/O interface, now called InfiniBand, has created controversy and confusion over how the interconnect will eventually be used. The spec, which is due in the next quarter, is promoted primarily by Intel and is backed by vendors such as Compaq, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Microsoft, Sun, and more recently Cisco
HP pushes storage-on-demand storage
This month, Hewlett-Packard expanded its on-demand storage services, and announced software upgrades for its SureStore E Disk Array XP256
EMC partners with Microsoft
Hoping to boost data reliability and availability in Windows 2000 environments, and to gain credibility for the new operating system in data centers, Microsoft has entered into a relationship with EMC and its Data General division.
Distributed intelligence: Requirements and goals
A new class of intelligent storage subsystems is emerging, putting focus on data sharing and file systems
There's been a flurry of activity in the high-end disk array market recently. While Sun attacked EMC and IBM hustled to correct performance problems on its Enterprise Storage Server ("Shark")
Compaq lays out SAN software strategy
This month, Compaq began shipping SANworks Resource Manager and SANworks Resource Manager for Ex-change, the first two software suites introduced under a newly formed software division aimed at delivering heterogeneous storage area network (SAN) management
CNT enables SRDF over IP
In a continuing effort to bring storage networking to wide area networks, Computer Network Technology (CNT) last month introduced technology that allows EMC's Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF) data mirroring software to operate over IP-based networks
CA to buy Sterling
Computer Associates (CA) last month announced its intention to acquire Sterling Software in a stock swap valued at approximately $4 billion
Business Briefs
Atto Technology and Quantum/ATL entered into a partnership aimed at helping corporations migrate to network storage infrastructures. As part of the agreement, Atto joins the Quantum/ATL Prism Storage Architecture initiative.
Business Briefs
McData and Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) entered into a worldwide reseller agreement under which McData will supply ED-5000 Fibre Channel Directors for HDS Freedom 7700E and 5800 storage subsystems
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