Industry News and Analysis

Fibre Channel vs. IP vs. InfiniBand
<b>ANALYST VIEW</b>: Fibre Channel vs. IP Storage vs. InfiniBand. Fierce debate underlies one of the complexities of storage deployment. Do users deploy Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs) now, believing that Fibre Channel has a long-term future? Or will all storage-host interconnection eventually go to IP? If so, then where does InfiniBand fit into the equation? As a server interconnect only?
TNS Ships 'Convergence' Box
Two-year-old start-up Times N Systems (TNS has begun shipping a midrange storage system with network-attached storage (NAS) and storage area network (SAN) attributes. The TNS 1600, which combines standard off-the-shelf networking and server technologies with TNS hardware and software, can handle data at both the file level over IP (NAS) and block level over Fibre Channel (SAN).
New Players Enter SRM Market
As evidence of the growing importance of managing burgeoning storage capacity, two new players -- TeraCloud and TrelliSoft -- have entered the storage resource management (SRM) software market, a crowded field that already includes about 10 vendors.
TCO benefits of NAS versus DAS
A brief look at the total cost of ownership benefits of network-attached storage vs. direct-attached storage
Surveys show steady SAN adoption
According to a recent report from Peripheral Concepts, a market research firm in Santa Barbara, CA, end-user interest in storage area networks (SANs) essentially remains unchanged from last year
StorageNetworks targets telcos and xSPs
With the recent introduction of its STORfusion service offering, storage service provider (SSP) StorageNetworks may be changing how xSPs and telecommunications companies enter the SSP market, according to analysts
SNIA's Supported Solutions Forum: Strange bedfellows
I guess the big news last month was the Storage Networking Industry Association's (SNIA) Supported Solutions Forum (SSF), which purportedly unites six leading vendors and promises an end to finger-pointing blame games
SNIA's move to benefit end users
SNIA's Supported Solutions Forum promises to be good news for IT managers, because it may solve one of the largest problems facing end users: vendor finger-pointing
InterSAN pioneers SAM technology
This fall, InterSAN expects to deliver the first enterprise-class storage area management (SAM) product that is based on a technology designed for managing the application path to storage
SANcastle integrates FC SANs, GbE
This month, SANcastle Technologies began shipments of a switch that allows companies to connect Fibre Channel storage area networks (SANs) and IP networks such as Gigabit Ethernet
Reader I/O
Your article, "NAS vendors switching to Windows" (see InfoStor, May 2001, p. 1], is quite Microsoft-biased, and the information about Linux maturity and features set is dated
RAID Revisited: A technical look at RAID 5
A review of RAID levels, implementations, and RAID 5 write operations.
Next-generation FC SANs: 2Gbps fabrics
Fibre Channel switches running at 2Gbps are just coming to market, paving the way for a transition to 2Gbps storage area networks
New Products
Joining competitors such as Gadzoox Networks and Vixel, QLogic recently announced the SANbox2-a 2Gbps, 16-port Fibre Channel switch
Microsoft includes SRM in server kit
In May, Microsoft released its Server Appliance Kit (SAK) 2.0, which includes W. Quinn Associates' Storage CeNTral Storage Resource Management (SRM) technology
iSCSI camp focuses on interoperability
Even though formal standards may not be finalized until year-end, the iSCSI vendor community will hold its first interoperability "plugfest" July 17-18 at the University of New Hampshire in Durham
SNIA wages war on interoperability
The Storage Networking Indus try Association's recently formed Supported Solutions Forum has met with mixed reviews
IBM ships new drive media technology
No. It's not Harry Potter who's wielding a new technology with "magic ability" called Pixie Dust; it's IBM. The company is shipping hard disk drives using its new magnetic technology that promises to quadruple storage capacity within two years
IBM, Hitachi swap APIs
Proof that competitive companies can indeed cooperate, IBM and Hitachi Data Systems last month announced that they have swapped key application programming interfaces (APIs) for their respective storage arrays
IBM NAS servers challenge NetApp
Following up on its st orage networking initiative launched earlier this year (see InfoStor, April 2001, p. 1), 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
HP assembles FSAM pieces
In its first significant multi-product announcement since the introduction of its Federated Storage Area Management (FSAM) strategy last February, Hewlett-Packard last month unveiled several new hardware and software components
Hitachi combines NAS and SAN
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) is entering the network-attached storage (NAS) market with products that allow a storage area network (SAN) and NAS to co-exist on the same storage subsystem
GE Access launches storage systems
GE Access, a $3.5 billion distributor, recently introduced the first in a series of storage systems that focuses on storage area networks (SANs) with components from some of its partner vendors
Fibre Channel vs. IP vs. InfiniBand
An independent analyst provides insight into one of the most pressing issues in the IT storage arena.
FIA enters low-end NAS space
FIA Storage Systems Group, the newest entry-level network-attached storage (NAS) player, shipped its first NAS device this month
Extending the SCSI bus with expanders
Expanders, or extenders, are the keys to breaking the barriers of the native SCSI cable-length specifications
Drawbacks to active-active RAID
Watch out for points of failure and performance penalties in dual-controller RAID arrays
Do your RAID controllers pass the test?
In addition to performance, data availability and protection are critical
CompactPCI RAID in telecom applications
CompactPCI adds ruggedness and reliability to the standard PCI bus
Callisma enters storage services market
Network services provider and consulting firm Callisma is launching a storage network service business targeting large-scale enterprises and service providers
Business Briefs
The <b>Storage Networking Industry Association</b> (SNIA) has established an extension in Europe, thereby expanding its international presence. The SNIA European Forum elected officers and recently held its first meeting in Maastricht, the Netherlands
Benefits of a large HBA data buffer
Host bus adapters with large data buffers and hardware context cache can optimize performance in Fibre Channel SANs
Wind River accelerates TCP/IP Enables iSCSI HBAs/NICs
One of the major hurdles facing developers and users of IP-based storage is the CPU-intensive overhead imposed by the TCP/IP protocol stack