Industry News and Analysis

StorageQuest Breaks Down DAS, NAS Barriers
With all the talk of Fibre Channel and storage area networks (SANs), it's easy to lose sight of one fact: To date, less than one-quarter of all companies have actually implemented SANs. It is this reality that prompted Ontario-based StorageQuest to position its recently announced Multiservices Storage Manager (MSM) technology in direct-attached storage (DAS) and network-attached storage (NAS) markets.
SNIA, Infinity I/O Launch FC-SAN Certification
Storage networking professionals can now take an exam to become certified in Fibre Channel storage area networks (FC-SAN) with a program developed by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and training provider Infinity I/O.
Imation, Seagate Take Next Step
Six months after publicly re-committing themselves to moving forward with the Travan platform, Imation and Seagate unveiled initial technical details for next-generation Travan products (see 'Seagate invests in Travan,' InfoStor, September 2001, p. 11).
LeftHand Networks combines NAS, SAN
Next month, LeftHand Networks will begin shipping a RAID device that combines block-level (SAN) and file-level (NAS) I/O over Ethernet. The primary benefit to end users is that they don't have to buy separate devices for the two types of data access, which could in turn reduce storage management costs. NAS-SAN devices combine the performance advantages of storage area networks with the ease-of-use benefits of network-attached storage.
NuView Tackles Dfs Storage Management
Houston-based NuView says it is making it easier for users and IT administrators to manage storage resources in Windows environments, specifically files residing on network-attached storage (NAS) devices. At last month's Storage Networking World, the two-year-old startup announced that it had begun shipping its StorageX software, which is designed to exploit the capabilities of Microsoft¿s Distributed File System (Dfs) across the enterprise.
New Products
Based on FalconStor's IPStor software, Dot Hill Systems' SANnet Axis appliance provides storage virtualization and other applications while supporting protocols such as SCSI, Fibre Channel, and IP
Virtual(ization) reality
On the Website, "virtualization" was second only to "iSCSI" as the word most frequently typed into our search engine over a recent period (see October 2001, p. 6)
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
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 next year
Tandberg previews faster-access tape
Tandberg Data recently gave the storage community the first glimpse of its O-Mass tape technology, which it claims will significantly boost both tape-drive capacity and performance
Storage virtualization needs standards
A virtualization standard that includes attribute information would allow users to cut storage-administration costs, improve performance and security, and provide direct file control
SSPs launch software blitz
While traditional storage service providers (SSPs) have shed the SSP moniker and revamped their businesses to focus on managed storage services and software applications, analysts claim that the storage utility model is still viable
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
Part I<br>iSNS: Technical overview of discovery in IP SANs
Internet Storage Name Service is a discovery and name services proposal under consideration by the Internet Engineering Task Force
iSCSI: Storage networking for the Internet generation
iSCSI is a natural successor to, and can be complementary with, Fibre Channel SANs and IP-based NAS
Moving from SAN to NAS virtualization
A look at in-band vs. out-of-band SAN virtualization, and the promise of storage virtualization for NAS servers
Making the case for optical storage
An all-encompassing look at today's optical formats.
Integrators weigh in on virtualization
As might be expected with a new technology, vendor hype seems to be preceding end-user adoption by more than a year in the storage virtualization space
Hands on with Veritas' SERVPoint for NAS
ITIS Services puts Veritas SERVPoint Appliance Software for NAS through its paces and is impressed with the results.
Disk and tape forge new partnership in backup arena
Talk of non-tape-based backup has picked up significantly over the last few months. Vendors such as Legato, Maxtor, and Sony, as well as newcomers Alacritus and Nexsan, have all announced some form of disk-based backup capability, and others are expected to follow suit
Demystifying 'server-free' backup
To understand and implement server-free backup, users must be able to coordinate disk, tape, dedicated servers, networking infrastructure, and software
Data replication provides high availability
Data replication at the file-system level between two independent systems is a high-availability configuration that has advantages over shared-storage clustering
Business Briefs
<b>Quantum</b> has filed a lawsuit against <b>Imation</b> to stop it from selling unqualified tape media based on Quantum's DLTtape technology and intended for use in DLTtape drives
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 that, from a reporting perspective, is unique in the industry
Backup strategies for networked storage
A quick review of NAS, SAN, iSCSI, serverless backup, NDMP, snapshots, and DAFS in the context of backup
What is the role of IP storage in SANs?
Separating hype from reality, with an eye on geographically distributed network storage