Industry News and Analysis

Scale Eight to enter NAS market
Citing limitations inherent in current network-attached storage (NAS) architectures, Scale Eight is developing an alternative NAS technology via its Distributed Storage Software (DSS), which enables large-scale single-image NAS pools that can scale to hundreds of terabytes, according to company claims.
EMC's Clariion borrows from Symmetrix
With its latest software enhancements for the Clariion FC4700, EMC is pushing the midrange storage array's functionality closer to that of its flagship Symmetrix array.
Windows grabs NAS market share
In the first year that OEMs shipped network-attached storage (NAS) devices based on the Microsoft Windows platform, they grabbed a 25% market share based on units shipped (through the third quarter of 2001), according to International Data Corp.
iQstor integrates disk arrays, applications software
Integrix spin-off iQstor Networks is expected to debut a family of integrated, enterprise-class storage systems for mid-tier markets. The devices, which scale from 8TB to 35TB, will reportedly be priced to appeal to organizations with annual revenue of $50 million to $1 billion.
Netreon addresses low-cost SAN management
Recently spun off from parent corporation Peerless Systems, Netreon is eyeing the midrange storage area network (SAN) market-a segment it claims has not been serviced by more-established SAN management software vendors.
Virtualization vendors aim for end-to-end management
Recent announcements from storage virtualization vendors reflect a growing trend toward comprehensive storage management and a de-emphasis on individual components, including virtualization.
Veritas adds virtualization
While vendors like DataCore and TrueSAN grapple with storage management from the ground-level up, industry leader Veritas Software is tackling the issue at a different-some might say higher-level.
Tape-free backup/recovery: Requirements and advantages
Virtualization technology will encompass many applications, one of the most significant possibly being backup/recovery
Sun refocuses on storage
Long criticized for its lack of a storage vision, Sun Microsystems last month made a series of product announcements that some analysts say is evidence of the company's renewed focus on storage.
Start-ups preview next-generation technologies
The economic slump hasn't stalled the entry of dozens of new storage vendors over the past year
SNIA embraces end-user community
Group and individual memberships, interactive discussions, and a Consumer Council keep end users involved in SNIA activities
Policy-based management: Making the most of your storage resources
It used to be that when storage capacity ran low, all you had to do was add another disk array, jukebox, or tape drive onto your network. That is no longer an option
Online vendors provide backup/recovery options
Online backup and recovery is not a new concept but one that has experienced a rebirth of sorts since September 11.
New Products
Inrange Technologies last month announced a series of storage networking products and services-called IN-VSN, or Virtual Storage Networking-that the company says not only simplifies the management of storage networks, but will also enable end users to scale and extend these networks over time
Intel ships iSCSI host adapter
This month, Intel began shipments of a Gigabit Ethernet adapter that is optimized for iSCSI storage applications, enabling the creation of IP-based storage area networks (SANs)
NAS versus SAN all over again
It has happened twice. Flash back to April 2001. It's Storage Networking World (SNW), Palm Desert, and a well-known analyst has just concluded a presentation
How, when to integrate 2Gbps switches
Q: I need to add switches to an existing multi-switch Fibre Channel fabric.<br>Should I stick with 1Gbps switches or mix in 2Gbps switches?
Guidelines for disaster-recovery planning
A solid data-protection strategy involves various backup schemes, media rotation, media management, and choosing the right equipment
Going the distance with IP storage over WANs
Emerging standards such as FCIP, iFCP, and iSCSI may lower costs and make storage transfers over IP wide area networks affordable to more companies
Fujitsu Softek connects the software dots
Fujitsu Softek, which entered the storage management software market less than a year ago, recently announced that it has expanded its OEM relationship with DataCore Software
Fastest SAN growth expected in mid-tier enterprises
Smaller enterprises may be the sweet spot for the storage area network (SAN) market in the next few years, according to a recent survey conducted by RBC Capital Markets and the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).
Distributors augment storage services
Recently, several distributors have sharpened their focus on storage, even though they have always had storage-related practices to meet the needs of their OEM, value-added resellers (VARs), and system integrator customers
Data security in the 'virtual SAN'
Building bulletproof security when connecting SANs over WANs, while maintaining gigabit speeds, presents challenges
Business Briefs
<b>Intelligent Information Systems, iReady, QLogic</b>, and <b>Quantum</b> recently demonstrated an iSCSI SAN linking a facility in Israel with three sites in California
10Gbps InfiniBand solutions
I'd like to take exception to comments in Bob Hansen's article, "LANs, MANs, SANs, and WANs to converge at 10Gbps" (see InfoStor, January 2002, p. 32)
What is the rate of SAN adoption?
It's no secret that storage area networks (SANs) have been the most exciting-and the most hyped-storage trend over the last few years. But how many of you have actually deployed a SAN?