Industry News and Analysis

Emulex to Acquire Giganet
In a bid to expand beyond its Fibre Channel-only product line, Emulex recently announced its intention to acquire Concord, MA-based Giganet Inc. The deal was valued at approximately $645 million at the time of announcement, and is expected to be completed within the next couple months.
Maxoptix Acquires Breece Hill
On the heels of securing more than $18 million in financing to further fund development of its new optical storage products, Maxoptix acquired tape automation manufacturer Breece Hill Technologies last month for an undisclosed amount. Within 12 to 18 months, and after Maxoptix completes a third round of financing this spring, the newly combined company plans to go public.
Users identify key storage issues
At the recent Storage Networking World conference, users dispelled doubt over storage area network (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS) adoption, revealing strong support for both technologies
Tape Backup Strategies for NAS
Library vendors look to solve NAS backup issues with NDMP-centered architectures.
SRM tools help manage storage resources
Which employees use the most disk space, and why? What's the best way to partition disk space on a storage area network so that all multi-platform servers have access to it?
RAID<sup>n</sup> to increase reliability
At last month's Comdex show, Land-5 Corp. unveiled technology that it claims will increase reliability compared to traditional RAID levels, or architectures
OpenBench Labs pits LTO against Mammoth-2
Benchmark tests show that the actual performance advantages of LTO over Mammoth-2 fall far short of the theoretical advantages
New Products
<b>Brocade to ship 64-port 'integrated fabric'</b><br>Partly in response to competition from 32-port and 64-port director-class switches, Brocade has announced a 64-port integrated switch configuration
NAS and SAN cost considerations
Each architecture has unique advantages, but NAS usually offers lower total cost of ownership.
Managing the explosive growth of e-mail
Companies need an e-mail management system that cuts costs and improves archive and retrieval times.
Lucent, Vixel deliver FC over IP
This month, Lucent Technologies began customer trials of a version of its OptiStar EdgeSwitch that can handle OC-12, OC-48, Gigabit Ethernet, and Fibre Channel traffic
Interoperability: The storage networking challenge
The vendor community has to involve end users in the standards process to avoid mistakes of the past
Evaluating SAN professional services
Need help deploying a best-of-breed SAN solution? Professional service providers can lay the cornerstone for success
Entrada to ship 'SAN-over-IP' router
Aiming to get a foothold in the nascent market for communications gear that enables companies to link storage area networks (SANs) over Internet Protocol (IP) networks
EchoStar Communications builds large-scale SAN
Deployment of a storage area network posed challenges and required third-party help from CNT, but the benefits are expected to outweigh the costs
Disk monitoring tools conserve capacity
EDS uses a number of disk monitoring and reporting tools as well as quota management software to manage Windows NT storage capacity
Comdisco hops on SSP bandwagon
Comdisco is staking claim to a piece of the fast-growing storage service provider (SSP) market by launching a managed storage services division.
Cisco, NetApp among top six SAN vendors (?!)
I'm having a hard time interpreting the results of an end-user survey on storage area networks (SANs), conducted by Enterprise Management Associate
Business Briefs
<b>Tantia Technologies</b>, a wholly owned subsidiary of <b>BETA Systems Software AG</b>, announced an agreement with <b>Hewlett-Packard</b> in which HP will offer Tantia's Harbor Backup and Tantia File Transfer software to its customers
Advantages of SAN appliances
SAN appliances solve many of the problems that plagued first-generation implementations
3ware delivers storage over TCP/IP
This month, 3ware Inc. began shipments of a RAID array that allows the transmission of block-level SCSI data over Gigabit Ethernet LANs or subnet SANs
Veritas adds server-less backup
Veritas Software recently announced the Vertex Initiative, a phased-in strategy that is largely based on its snapshot backup technology