Industry News and Analysis

ANALYST VIEW: Microsoft -- The Storage Company
Storage analysts tend to ignore Microsoft. We think that when they talk about disk, they really mean a hard disk in a PC. But PCs are passed Microsoft. The PC wave has crested and broken on the shore. Appliances are the next wave, and Microsoft wants to ride it. Scratch that. Microsoft wants to catch the appliance wave, shred it, shoot the curl, and hang ten.
FalconStor Combines Virtualization, IP Storage
In April, Melville, NY-based startup FalconStor will begin shipping a software suite -- dubbed IPStor -- that provides storage virtualization and aggregation, while at the same time enabling both block-level and file-level storage traffic over standard IP networks.
Midrange NAS Race Heats Up
On the heels of EMC's entry into the midrange network-attached storage (NAS) market, Network Appliance and Dell Computer are diving in with midrange products of their own. And Compaq is moving from midrange to enterprise-level NAS by adding clustering to its TaskSmart N-Series of appliances.
Enron Launches Capacity Trading Market
Enron Broadband Services has created a trading market to bring together buyers and sellers of surplus storage capacity available from storage service providers (SSPs). End users looking for capacity could benefit from some standardization and uniformity in storage services while SSPs benefit from exposure to customers previously unavailable to them, say analysts.
Online PC Backup Firms Turn Toward Businesses
According to International Data Corp, many online PC backup and 'web folder' companies are refocusing their business models away from consumers and toward businesses.
Forsythe, Nuclio Target SSP Space
The storage service provider (SSP) market is attracting more and more vendors on almost a weekly basis. Most recently, Skokie, IL-based Forsythe Solutions Group, a 30-year-old technology infrastructure provider, and its subsidiary Nuclio will team with EMC to provide storage services.
Sun Continues Software Spree
Sun Microsystems recently announced an agreement to acquire LSC Inc., a developer of high-performance file system and storage management software for the Solaris operating system. The move came on the heels of Sun's acquisition of HighGround Systems, a developer of storage resource management (SRM) software.
HP Targets XSP Market
Hewlett-Packard will offer storage capacity on-demand to the service provider market, the company announced recently.
Tivoli Systems, Compaq Pen Delivery Deal
Tivoli Systems has announced an agreement with Compaq to deliver storage management products for Enterprise customers.
SLAs guarantee SSP accountability
A service level agreement (SLA) is the key to a successful storage service provider (SSP) relationship
Plugging into SSPs
Enormous capital equipment costs, shortages in experienced IT personnel, and skyrocketing storage demands are driving the move to outsourcing storage services
RAID + clusters = low-cost SAN
Simple SANs can be configured with server clusters and Fibre Channel controllers, hubs or switches, and RAID arrays
Two ways to build reliable SAN fabrics
IT managers can achieve reliability, availability, and serviceability with fabric switches or director-class switches
SNIA opens tech center
In Colorado Springs earlier this month, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its 14,000-square-foot Storage Networking Technology Center
SNIA to promote IP Storage
As evidence of the growing interest in IP-based SANs, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) recently formed a group to market and promote emerging standards such as iSCSI
Storage conference controversies
With a few exceptions (the Gartner Group IT conferences and Storage Networking World), storage conferences are-unfortunately-attended primarily by storage vendors and not the IT managers for whom the conferences are allegedly designed
Storage vendors turn to Linux for quick fix
As evidence of the growing appeal of Linux in non-server-specific markets, San Francisco-based Linuxcare, a provider of professional services and solutions for Linux and other open-source technologies
NetVault leaps beyond blazing backup
Running BakBone's NetVault software with an Exabyte X80 tape library yielded impressive backup and restore performance
New Products
<b>MTI combines NAS, SAN</b><br>This month, MTI Technology began shipments of a high-end disk array that combines network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN) functionality
Fibre Channel or IP Storage...or both?
Not that long ago, many IT organizations were in a quandary about how to handle their accelerating growth of server storage. They probably asked questions and offered responses similar to those that follow:
Multi-service access links SANs
There are a number of different methods and protocols for linking geographically distributed storage area networks
Jiro adoption picks up steam
Sun Microsystems is hoping that recent support from a handful of component and software vendors-most notably, Veritas Software-will help drive adoption of its Java-based Jiro technology
How to extend MSCS data protection
Replication software can extend fail-over protection in Microsoft Cluster Server environments
Financial analysts miss the boat on storage
Report lumps together too many quasi-related factors to be an effective judge of a specific sector such as storage.
Extending SANs to IP networks
Fibre Channel over IP is an efficient way to link geographically dispersed storage area networks, and iSCSI is waiting in the wings
Direct Access File System (DAFS)
The following Q&A session was excerpted from an online chat session hosted by searchstorage.com, a Web-based search engine site for storage-related articles and information
Dell lowers SAN entry costs
According to a number of end-user surveys, high cost has become the number one impediment to adoption of storage area networks (SANs). Dell hopes to change that with bundled SANs, introduced last month, at starting prices as low as $45,000 for full configurations.
Cereva targets Internet storage
Marlborough, MA-based start-up Cereva Networks came out of stealth mode last month when it announced an Internet storage system capable of scaling to almost 1 petabyte (PB)
Business Briefs
<b>Vixel</b> announced the opening of its $2 million solutions and interoperability lab at its headquarters in Bothell, WA.
Archiving data to DVD
Despite many stumbling blocks, DVD may be poised to emerge as a viable data archiving medium
Veritas bolsters storage management
Improvements in clustering and data sharing