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StorageApps enters SAN appliance market
StorageApps Inc. is the latest entrant in the emerging market for so-called SAN appliances, sometimes referred to as storage domain managers
Storage virtualization: An overview
Virtualization, or abstraction, can be implemented in many ways, and in many different locations
SPC releases I/O benchmark
The Storage Performance Council (SPC), an independent consortium of storage hardware and software vendors, recently released for industry review a hard disk-based subsystem benchmark
Solid-state file caching boosts RAID performance
For some applications, solid-state disks may significantly increase performance, but preliminary I/O analysis is a must.
Shugart to enter testing market
This month, Irvine, CA-based Shugart Technology Inc. (STI) entered the market for storage testing tools with the introduction of the first in a series of test, monitoring, and analysis software suites, FIBREcalc and SCSIcalc. STI was founded in late 1998
SAN virtualization options
Now that storage area network (SAN) "plumbing" has matured, with a wide array of Fibre Channel products, it's time to turn attention to storage virtualization
SAN management software gains functionality
Enterprise systems/network management vendors are integrating SAN management into their frameworks to eventually provide centralized LAN/SAN monitoring and control.
New Products
Gadzoox FC switch priced under $3,000 * Gadzoox Networks has added two models to its Capellix 2000 series of Fibre Channel switches, with one priced less than $3,000, or $375 per port
NetApp proposes DAFS file-system protocol
A group of storage vendors, led by Network Appliance, earlier this summer announced plans to begin work on a new file system protocol using direct, memory-to-memory file access.
Linking FC SANs over IP backbones
Existing Internet Protocol (IP)-based WANs can be used to link Fibre Channel-based storage area network "islands."
IT gives storage outsourcing mixed reviews
Storage services providers (SSPs), or storage outsourcers, are cropping up on almost a weekly basis. These companies provide services that go far beyond traditional off-site backup vaulting
IBM re-focuses SAN strategy
IBM continues to move forward in its plan to dramatically change the way it goes to market with its storage area network (SAN) products. Under the leadership of Linda Sanford, the recently appointed general manager of the Storage Subsystems Division
Is EMC's dominance endangered?
Over the course of this summer, all of the major high-end disk array vendors introduced new RAID systems, most of which were aimed squarely at EMC
IBM first to ship LTO tape
Steps ahead of its competitors, IBM next month will begin shipping a new class of high-capacity, high-performance Ultrium-based tape devices into midrange markets, becoming the first member of the Linear-Tape Open (LTO) consortium to lay claim to that space
IBM and Compaq unite
In a potential threat to EMC, IBM and Compaq last month announced an agreement to resell each other's storage software and devices (including IBM's "Shark" Enterprise Storage Servers and Compaq's StorageWorks arrays) on an OEM basis
High-performance tape rebounds slowly
Citing growth in traditional mainframe segments and new-found opportunity in evolving storage area network (SAN) markets, Bob Abraham, author of the Freeman Report, Performance Tape Outlook, projects unit shipments of high-performance tape drives to climb steadily over the period 2002 to 2005
HDS strikes with Freedom 9900
This summer saw a spate of announcements in the high-end disk array arena. Following announcements by Compaq (which will resell IBM's "Shark" arrays), EMC, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Sun, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) last month
FCIA elects new board
The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) recently elected a new board of directors
Enhancing clusters with SANs
Storage area networks and server clusters are complementary architectures that provide combined benefits.
ECCS combines DAS, NAS, SAN
ECCS Inc. recently announced its SANStar network storage engine, which is designed to unify disparate data sources, whether they are based on direct-attached storage (DAS), network-attached storage (NAS), or storage area network (SAN) architectures
CrosStor unifies NAS and SAN
CrosStor Software Inc. (formerly Programmed Logic Corp.) recently announced "CrosStor SAN," OEM software that provides an extension to the company's widely deployed "CrosStor NAS" technology
CreekPath enters SSP arena
CreekPath Systems, a spin-off from Exabyte Corp., last month jumped into the crowded storage service provider (SSP) market. The launch came two weeks after the successful initial public offering of SSP pioneer StorageNetworks Inc. (SNI)
Business Briefs
Morning Planet has announced an e-community Web site for the data storage industry. DataStoreX.com is designed primarily for buyers and suppliers of storage components and software
BakBone launches NetVault in North America
This month, BakBone Software boldly entered a market dominated by Computer Associates, Legato Systems, and Veritas Software by launching its flagship NetVault software in the North American market
Upgrading infrastructures to Fibre Channel SANs
The key to controlling SAN implementation costs is to reuse existing hardware and software