Industry News and Analysis

VCs Pump Up SSP, MSP Funding
Storage service provider (SSP) StorageWay and managed service provider (MSP) Storability received $42 million and $30 million, respectively, in venture capital funding last week. But analysts remain skeptical about their profitability.
IBM NAS Challenges NetApp
Following up on its storage networking initiative launched earlier this year, IBM is shipping three new network-attached storage (NAS) servers in an attempt to garner market share in a space dominated by Network Appliance and EMC. NetApp and EMC accounted for more than 86 percent of all NAS revenues last year, according to the Gartner Group research and consulting firm.
HP Assembles FSAM Pieces
In its first significant multi-product announcement since introducing its Federated Storage Area Management (FSAM) strategy in February, Hewlett-Packard unveiled several new hardware and software components this month.
iSCSI Camp Focuses on Interoperability
Even though formal standards may not be finalized until the end of the year, the iSCSI vendor community will hold its first interoperability 'plugfest' July 17-18 at the University of New Hampshire. The event will be co-sponsored by UNH's iSCSI Consortium and the Storage Networking Industry Association's (SNIA) iSCSI Group.
Nishan secures IP storage networks
Nishan Systems is hell-bent on proving that its IP storage architecture-dubbed Storage over IP (SoIP)-works with existing IP-based hardware and software
The future of storage is in the operating system
A storage-specific operating system could solve many enterprise storage management problems
The case for SAN SRM applications
The goal is to reduce storage management costs in heterogeneous storage network environments while improving overall return on investment
Super DLT, LTO face off
No two tape technologies in recent history have generated such heated debate as have Linear-Tape Open (LTO) Ultrium and Super DLTtape
Storage virtualization: In-band or out-of-band
The best answer to the question may be, "It doesn't matter."
Storage vendors 'hype' virtues of virtualization
The relatively slow adoption rate of storage area networks (SANs) among end users does not appear to have affected the feverish pace of virtualization announcements from storage vendors this year
Seagate holds out on DDS-5
Although fellow consortium members Hewlett-Packard and Sony have shelved plans to manufacture future-generation Digital Data Storage (DDS) Digital Audio Tape (DAT) drives, Seagate says it is assessing the possibility of bringing a DDS-5 product to market
Princeton pushes 'active archiving'
Hoping to establish a new category of storage/database management software, Princeton Softech is delivering a technology that it refers to as "active archiving" and that some analysts refer to as "intelligent archiving."
OpenBench Labs builds a SAN: Phase 1
The lab's first foray into storage area networks posed some minor challenges and yielded some surprising performance results.
Magneto-optical road map on course
This year, magneto-optical (MO) technology reached a milestone on the Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) road map when 130mm 9.1GB (14X) products started shipping
New Products
Sun Microsystems has added two filers to its network-attached storage (NAS) family, scaling from 200GB to more than 10TB in standalone configurations
Make way for IP SANs
With IP storage, it's no longer a question of but . With technology and marketing giants like Cisco, IBM, and Intel leading the charge, IP storage is inevitable
IP-based storage: The buzz on the wire
IP storage may be the disruptive technology that will democratize storage networking and ultimately help converge NAS and SAN architectures
Introduction to Fibre Channel SANs
An overview of storage area networks and Fibre Channel components
In-depth: Storage Resource Management
Storage utilities and storage networks will require effective management tools such as SRM software
Fibre Channel switches: 2Gbps, more ports
Over the last two months, virtually all of the major Fibre Channel switch vendors made announcements concerning increasing performance to 2Gbps (200MBps) or increasing the number of ports on their devices
FalconStor, NPI to merge
Former Cheyenne Software CEO ReiJane Huai is hoping lightning does strike twice. Having sold Cheyenne to Computer Associates in 1996 for $1.3 billion
Business Briefs
<b>Storage @ccess Technologies</b> announced the availability of remote enterprise class data-protection services. Based on the @ccess Data Protection family of services, the remote offerings are available via remote direct or Internet connection.
Beyond backup: The storage management market grows up
A CAGR of 26% is projected for the software management market over the next five years, with storage infrastructure products becoming the greatest revenue generators
Auspex stages NAS comeback
With the release of its first network-attached storage (NAS) product since January 1999, Auspex last month made an aggressive bid for a piece of the enterprise NAS market
TrueSAN fuses SAN and NAS
TrueSAN says its recently announced Paladin C-series is not just about virtualization; it's also about unified storage area network (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS) support, scalability, and management