Industry News and Analysis

Adaptec pushes "EtherStorage" spec
Paralleling an effort by IBM and Cisco (see story on this page), Adaptec has submitted to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) a proposed standard for running SCSI-over-TCP/IP networks such as Gigabit Ethernet.
RAID benchmarking workload analysis
Tips on benchmarking RAID arrays with testing tools and simulated workloads that reflect actual workloads.
Ultra 160 SCSI enters the limelight
Benchmark tests on Quantum and Seagate drivers, and Adaptec and QLogic controllers, reveal impressive performance gains.
StorNet and Vangard to merge
Storage integrators StorNet Inc. and Vangard Technology have agreed to merge their respective businesses. While terms of the agreement were not disclosed, the companies combined for more than $160 million in 1999 revenues.
Storage software continues to thrive
It's a good time to be a storage software vendor. Buoyed by Internet-driven data growth and an overall IT personnel shortage, 1999 worldwide revenues from storage software licenses rose 47% over 1998, from $2.9 billion to $4.2 billion, according to a recent report from Dataquest.
Storage and networking converge (but that doesn't mean that NAS = SAN)
Recent events have had us scrambling to locate our dusty "How Networks Work" textbook, and calling our colleagues on network-specific publications.
Startup challenges FC hub vendors
With interoperability and management issues still being resolved, many storage system providers prefer to deploy SANs in smaller, more manageable steps.
STA outlines SCSI road map
Showing that the venerable interface still has plenty of life left, the SCSI Trade Association recently outlined the next two generations of the specification. The current generation is Ultra160 SCSI, with a theoretical maximum transfer rate of 160MBps.
SAN delivers six-month payback for Showtime
In-house ad agency uses a storage area network and file-sharing software to double productivity (while reducing staff).
SAN assurance testing
Validate interoperability, performance, and fail-over scenarios with SAN assurance testing.
RAID, Fibre Channel reach optical storage
New technologies may open up new application areas, but user acceptance is expected to be slow.
QLogic to acquire Ancor
QLogic last month announced plans to purchase Fibre Channel switch vendor Ancor Communications in an approximately $1.7-billion stock swap. Officials at Aliso Viejo, CA-based QLogic say the acquisition will enable them to broaden their Fibre Channel product line while positioning the company to address future market issues and technologies.
Backup strategies for NAS and SAN
A distributed backup approach may provide advantages in network-attached storage and storage area network environments.
New Products
Intel ships Ultra160 SCSI RAID controller; LSI ships high-end array; Gadzoox enters FC-SCSI router fray; and more.
Make way for "data-aware" SAN appliances
Second-generation SANs may include intelligent "appliances" that improve performance while simplifying deployment.
It's time for SAN appliances
For years, a simple concept has plagued end users and systems integrators who have valiantly tried to implement storage area network (SAN) technology: How do I keep one system from stomping all over the file system of another?
Imation to provide Jiro code
Imation and Sun Microsystems have announced a co-development plan that calls for Imation to develop Jiro-based management software for Sun's network storage products.
IBM, Cisco propose SCSI over TCP/IP
Nishan sketches SoIP SAN plan. Without fanfare, IBM and Cisco Systems have submitted to the Internet Engineering Task Force a proposed standard for running SCSI over TCP/IP networks.
I/O architecture: From PCI to InfiniBand
The successor to the PCI bus is based on a switched-fabric architecture that provides a number of I/O advantages.
Gadzoox, Lucent forge FC-over-IP links
Gadzoox Networks and Lucent Technologies are partnering to develop a specification that will enable the transmission of Fibre Channel traffic over Inter-net Protocol (IP) networks, such as Gigabit Ethernet.
Compaq adds SAN building blocks
Compaq has continued its methodical storage area network (SAN) product and services rollout by shipping new management tools and hardware devices that add to its growing number of building blocks for heterogeneous SANs.
Business Briefs
OTG Software has acquired xVault Inc.; Last month, CommVault Systems and Microsoft extended an alliance; Fujitsu Siemens recently selected Adaptec's SmartRAID VI Decade controllers; and more.
Ultra160 SCSI defines new performance level
Three key features differentiate the new standard from its predecessors.