Industry News and Analysis

Trebia Readies Storage Network Processor
Acton, MA-based Trebia Networks is taking 'system-on-silicon' chips one step beyond traditional ASICs and network processors by introducing a storage network processor (SNP) slated for shipping in the first half of next year. The company announced the processor last week.
Vendors Demo Coast-to-Coast IP SAN
Claiming near wire-speed (1Gbps) performance, eight vendors have banded together to demonstrate cross-country connectivity between storage area networks (SANs) in Sunnyvale, CA and Newark, NJ. The demo was dubbed the 'Promontory Project' after the location in Utah where the first transcontinental railroad was joined with a golden spike.
Snap Moves Into Midrange NAS
Quantum subsidiary Snap Appliances, the market leader in low-end network-attached storage (NAS) devices, is making the move into midrange NAS with its first product to offer near-terabyte capacity.
Dantz Delves Into Virtualization, to Acquire Viathan
Dantz Software this week announced plans to acquire long-term partner and storage virtualization software vendor Viathan for an undisclosed amount.
Bocada Takes Backup Analysis up a Notch
At first glance, Bocada's BackupReport software may appear to be just another backup reporting tool, but don't be fooled. Analysts say the software provides a level of data protection from a reporting perspective that is unique in the industry.
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The case for application-centric SAM
Storage area management software may be the key to unlocking the true benefits of storage area networks (SANs).
Start-up strives for real-time data access
Arthur D. Little spin-off Pyxsys is preparing to release beta units of an "intelligent storage architecture" that it claims is a radical departure from existing technologies.
Sony enters NAS market
This month, Sony will begin shipping the first of three storage systems expected to come out of its storage solutions division this year
SAN Management Software reduces TCO, increases ROI
Fabric-attached storage network management software can slash total cost of ownership while improving return on investment
SAN advice from the front lines
An interview with Edward Mann, a storage architect who has built storage area networks (SANs) for some of the largest government agencies
Quadratec becomes Atempo, expands US presence
Last month, Quadratec, an independent vendor of backup-and-restore software in Europe, said it plans to expand its presence into US corporate and Internet data centers
Part II - Storage Virtualization: Beyond the basics
Virtualization techniques can be applied to non-disk (e.g., tape) environments and to NAS and SAN storage networks.
Maxtor sets sights on 'enterprise' NAS
ATA-based server positioned for disk-to-disk backup
New Products
The move to second-generation 2Gbps Fibre Channel is under way, with a number of component and subsystem vendors releasing upgraded versions of their products.
Network Appliance boosts high-end NAS
Network Appliance hopes to keep the pressure on its network-attached storage (NAS) competitors with its newest high-end filers-the F880 and F880c-which the company claims are 50% faster than their predecessors and offer capacities up to 18TB in a clustered configuration
EMC charges ahead with Symmetrix
Despite impending layoffs of nearly 10% of its workforce and severe cost-cutting moves, EMC continues to plow ahead with advances to its flagship Symmetrix line of disk arrays and to invest heavily in software and R&D.
Easing the migration from DAS to SAN
An efficient and inexpensive method of making the transition from direct-attached storage to a storage area network relies on host-based mirroring and storage virtualization.
Dispelling the FUD surrounding iSCSI
A Cisco executive counters the fear, uncertainty, and doubt generated by opponents of the iSCSI specification, which will enable IP-based SANs
DAFS spec awaits IETF green light
The Direct Access File System (DAFS) protocol is one step closer to becoming a standard, but it must overcome a few hurdles before gaining industry acceptance, say analysts.
Control your environment with SRM software
Storage resource management is the fastest-growing segment of the overall storage management software market.
Bell Microproducts relies on IP storage for disaster recovery
A software-based IP storage and virtualization package enables Bell to replicate data cross-country for remote disaster recovery, consolidate storage resources, and reduce storage administration costs
Acquisitions ripple through storage industry
Against the backdrop of Hewlett-Packard's potential acquisition of Compaq, a number of comparatively small mergers and acquisitions in the storage industry were announced over the last few weeks
Will Microsoft support NAS-Exchange marriage?
According to a Microsoft spokesperson, the company is "looking into" supporting network-attached storage (NAS) for Exchange because its customers have expressed a need for that type of support.