Industry News and Analysis

Adaptec adds Ultra160 RAID controllers
Taking aim at competitors such as AMI, ICP Vortex, Intel, and Mylex, Adaptec has added three Ultra160 SCSI devices to its line of RAID controllers
Midrange tape wars heat up
After a brief summer lull, the midrange tape market is again stirring with activity. Linear tape technology is about to take several steps forward, as a new class of drives prepares to ship
Vicom enters SAN virtualization market
Vicom Systems, a San Jose-based developer of storage area network (SAN) routers for use with SSA, SCSI and Fibre Channel systems (10,000+ systems in the field), has announced some major expansions to its product line
User guidelines for setting storage policies
Storage resource management is the key to monitoring, assigning, and controlling storage capacity usage.
The future of SAN file systems
SAN file systems, some shipping today and some that are in development, are well on the way to offering the IT community a very different model of information usage than the one currently used in enterprise computing environments
SSP players proliferate; market expected to explode
New storage service providers (SSPs) are popping up on almost a weekly basis. Although the market for SSPs, also known as storage outsourcers or storage utilities, is still unproven, industry analysts are predicting huge growth
SNI adds services
Fresh off a successful IPO this summer, StorageNetworks Inc. (SNI) has added three services to its portfolio
Seagate's X15 puts the spin on performance
The Cheetah X15 is the first disk drive to rotate at 15,000 rpm.
SAN Valley pushes IP SANs
SAN Valley has joined a growing number of vendors evangelizing the benefits of IP-based storage area network (SAN) technology
SAN safeguards e-business operations
E-services company requires 100% server-to-storage availability and reliability.
SAN fabrics: Ethernet, Fibre Channel, InfiniBand
In the fast-paced world of e-commerce and the Web, there are two facts that seem to remain constant. First, the amount of data is always growing
OSD: The Holy Grail of storage?
Imagine a storage device that can grow dynamically as needed, without interruption of service. Envision this device connecting to any operating system, with simultaneous access to the same data
NetConvergence eyes IP SANs
NetConvergence recently became one of the more vocal proponents of IP-centric storage area networks (SANs), and hopes to establish an early lead in the emerging IP storage fiel
It's show time, so mark your calendars
Fall is upon us, and that means plenty of storage-rich trade shows and conferences to choose from. Starting with the October lineup, here are some of our favorites
Arsenal broadens its SSP reach
Arsenal Digital Solutions (formerly Usendit.com) plans to differentiate itself from other storage services providers (SSPs) by offering a full range of storage services, including primary disk storage and backup/restore, as well as other services via its partners
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 first to ship LTO
Steps ahead of its competitors, IBM this month began 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
High-performance tape rebounds slowly<br>Users remain loyal to half-inch cartridge
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
Guidelines for SAN deployment
Focus on fault resiliency, storage resource management, data recovery, and virtualization techniques.
Giganet developing VI/IP for NAS
Giganet, a company known for exploiting the advantages of the Virtual Interface (VI) architecture as a cluster and "server farm" interconnect (5,000+ nodes of its cLAN VI products have been shipped to date), has announced a new initiative called VI/IP
Five steps to total SAN managemen
As the storage area network (SAN) concept has matured and interoperability problems have lessened, management difficulties have emerged as the last major barrier to widespread SAN deployment
Drawing the lines on IP storage networking
End users need to know what their options will be as well as the potential advantages and disadvantages of the various
Dell taps StorageApps for SAN appliance
Dell Computer has finally introduced its long-awaited SAN appliance, a trip that began with the ill-fated acquisition of ConvergeNet and ended in a partnership with StorageApps
Connex simplifies SAN management
This month, Connex released version 1.0 of its SANavigator software, which is designed for managing heterogeneous storage area networks (SANs)
Cisco takes aim at storage networks
Cisco has set its sights directly on the growing storage area network (SAN) market as its next target of opportunity. In response to customer and partner requests, as well as its own need to develop markets outside of its virtual monopoly areas
Business Briefs
<b>Quantum/ATL</b> and <b>Atto Technology</b> last month announced the Prism FC230, a second-generation Fibre Channel-to-SCSI bridge
ATL supports NDMP/NAS/GbE
Next month, Quantum's ATL Products unit is expected to begin shipments of a tape library configuration that solves one of the nagging problems with network-attached storage (NAS) configurations
Why storage over IP?
One year ago, the thought of storage over IP seemed ridiculous, and few took the concept seriously. However, a number of vendors were working in stealth mode on a number of technologies that might make storage over IP feasible