Industry News and Analysis

Quadratec Becomes Atempo, Expands US Presence
This week, Quadratec, an independent vendor of backup and restore software in Europe, announced plans to expand its presence into US corporate and Internet data centers. The company, which has been renamed Atempo, will maintain headquarters in Santa Clara, CA, as well as Paris, France.
Tape Vendors Set Up Data Recovery Hotline/Consortium
Responding to a call for immediate data recovery following the September 11 terrorist attacks, tape automation, media, drive, and software vendors have banded together to offer data recovery help through the end of the year.
Tuesday's tragedy
InfoStor sends its thoughts and heartfelt support to the victims and their families of Tuesday's overwhelming events.
Exabyte, Ecrix to Merge
The announcement that Boulder, Colorado-based tape vendors Exabyte and Ecrix will merge by year-end may not have sent shock waves throughout the storage industry, but it did rock the tape sector. By combining resources -- and ultimately blending tape technologies -- the two companies believe they will be able to accelerate sales of Exabyte's Mammoth and Ecrix's VXA tape formats.
Precise Acquires W. Quinn
The software management market witnessed another acquisition recently as Precise Software Solutions scooped up Windows-focused storage resource management (SRM) vendor W. Quinn Associates for $35 million. This year, the software management market is expected to top $5 billion, and over the next five years the market is expected to grow by 26 percent CAGR, according to Gartner Dataquest.
SANavigator Acquisition Solidifies McData ESA Strategy
Fibre Channel director vendor McData recently announced its intention to acquire SANavigator, the SAN management software subsidiary of Western Digital.
Nexsan enters U.S. with disk-based backup
Last month, Nexsan Technologies announced that it has moved its headquarters from the U.K. to the U.S. Founded in 1998, Nexsan offers a variety of standard RAID subsystems with ATA, SCSI, and Fibre Channel interfaces
Utility provider solves backup nightmare
Backup solution is based on an unlikely tape format-DTF-2-but despite upfront costs, the utility expects to save $300,000 over the next three years.
Tape drive revenue rises, but unit shipments fall
The tape industry is undergoing a sea change, says Bob Abraham of Freeman Reports, an industry research firm in Ojai, CA. While overall drive shipments continue to fall, revenue for all classes of compact tape drives is expected to post a 6% increase this year-in sharp contrast to last year's 19% decline
Sun makes bid to regain RAID market share
The recent multi-faceted pact between Sun Microsystems and Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) aims to shore up problems in Sun's high-end storage strategy and gives HDS new distribution opportunities
Scale Eight receives $23 million in funding
Amid a declining storage service provider (SSP) market, Scale Eight recently debuted its global storage service for unifying file storage access across geographic locations
Quantum acquires Connex assets
Quantum is targeting the midrange network-attached storage (NAS) market by acquiring key technology, intellectual property, assets, and personnel from Connex, a NAS manufacturer and subsidiary of Western Digital
Part I: Storage virtualization in 'non-SAN' enviroments
Although virtualization is often associated with storage area networks, its benefits are not new and can be realized in "non-SAN" environments
Part I: Building storage networks: A book excerpt
Storage networking is built on three fundamental components: wiring, storing, and filing
Novell debuts directory-enabled NAS
Last month, Novell started delivering a software-based network-attached storage (NAS) product that lets users leverage their directories to manage storage
Next-generation I/O: The case for RapidIO
RapidIO is a packet-switched intra-system interconnect that is a potential successor to the PCI and PCI-X buses
HP, EMC get serious about virtualization
Call it what you will-"SAN virtualization" or "Automated Information Storage"-but when it comes to managing increasingly large, data-rich heterogeneous storage networks, one thing is certain: The ability to mask the complexity of these environments, automate activities, and reduce associated IT administration costs will be paramount
New Products
MTI Technology recently began shipments of its V-Cache, a shared file caching technology based on solid-state disks
McData breaks into storage network management
McData recently expanded into the emerging storage network management arena with the launch of its Enterprise Solutions Architecture.
HP outlines iSCSI road map
Ending speculation about its IP storage strategy, Hewlett-Packard said it will begin demonstrating its iSCSI "solution set" at industry events this fall and will deliver first products early next year
High availability for Windows 2000
Storage management techniques can boost Windows 2000 environments to rival the high availability of Unix environments
Fibre Channel update: The move to 2Gbps
Expect slow, but steady, end-user adoption as Fibre Channel SANs progress from 1Gbps to 2Gbps
Deploying cost-effective database storage
Tips on configuring and optimizing Oracle and SQL Server databases for maximum performance in OLTP and decision support systems.
Demystifying iSCSI, iFCP, mFCP, FCIP, and iSNS
Demystifying iSCSI, iFCP, mFCP, FCIP, and iSNS
Building storage networks: The book
Sometimes, trade publications, consultants, and systems integrators just aren't enough. And that can be the case with something as potentially challenging as implementing a storage network. In those cases, you need a book. A book
Alacritus enables disk-based backup
Livermore, CA-based Alacritus hopes to rock the tape library industry next quarter when it begins shipping its Securitus I Disk-based Data Protection (DDP) software into traditional backup-and-recovery markets.
<i>Network Storage 2001</i>: Executive roundtable highlights
The following is excerpted from the executive roundtable discussion at this summer's Network Storage 2001 conference
Welcome to wireless network-attached storage
ServeLinux's Xgate provides file sharing for Windows, Mac, and Unix/Linux clients-for less than $1,000.