Industry News and Analysis

Vendor group advocates disk-based backup
Acknowledging that tape-based backup can be an onerous task with a number of drawbacks, a group of software and hardware vendors have banded together to form the Enhanced Backup Solutions Initiative (EBSI). Announced earlier this month at the Networld+Interop show, the group includes Atempo, Legato, Network Appliance, OTG Software, QLogic, and Quantum, which initiated the group.
Alacritech, HP boost NAS performance
A testing lab recently proved a significant increase in network-attached storage (NAS) performance using Alacritech's "integrated storage network interface card" (IS-NIC)--a derivative of the TCP/IP offload engine--and an unreleased Microsoft Windows .NET operating system paired with Hewlett-Packard's StorageWorks E7000 NAS device.
What's IBM up to with virtualization?
If you're wondering what IBM is up to with virtualization and "Storage Tank," you're not alone. Until recently, Big Blue has shared few details about its software strategy, leaving many to speculate about its plans, the nature of its virtualization product, and the fate of Storage Tank.
SNIA builds two end-user councils
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is recruiting end users to be part of its Consumer Advisory Council (CAC), one of two councils providing feedback to SNIA's vendor membership.
Is ASA Veritas' answer to EMC's Auto IS?
At its annual Vision conference this week, Veritas Software took the wraps off its new software strategy, and in doing so raised more than a few industry eyebrows. Bearing a resemblance to EMC's Auto IS, Veritas' Adaptive Software Architecture may be the company's long-awaited response to EMC's storage management strategy, according to some analysts.
Serverless backup not ready for prime time
No one would dispute the benefits of doing backup over a storage area network (SAN) versus over a local area network (LAN). Nor would anyone dispute the potential "killer app" benefits of taking the backup server out of the equation with a serverless implementation.
What's ahead for storage service providers?
The model hasn't lived up to its original promise, but SSPs can still save IT organizations money because of economies of scale, while providing better data protection.
Veritas beefs up Windows software
Veritas' recent introduction of Windows 2000 storage software products may help Microsoft make inroads into enterprise data centers, a market space that the software giant has traditionally been unable to penetrate.
Trebia, Hifn address IP SAN security
With the promise of IP storage comes a new set of security concerns. In an effort to stay one step ahead of the IP adoption curve, storage vendors have already begun taking steps to provide end users with the necessary tools and education to build secure IP storage networks.
Tape library shipments rise, revenue dips
All things considered, the tape library market had a good year last year, but not as solid as many had anticipated.
Survey reveals user priorities, SAN/NAS adoption rate
A recent survey of 323 IT managers at sites with more than 1TB of disk capacity, conducted by Peripheral Concepts, reveals a number of interesting conclusions regarding end users' storage priorities and the rate of adoption of storage area networks (SANs) and network-attached storage (NAS).
Storage policy management: Definitions and details
Policy management affects all levels of the storage hierarchy, from disk array controllers to high-level storage management software.
Storage management is key to lowering TCO
To avoid a TCO TKO, storage administrators should consolidate resources and choose subsystems with the right management hooks.
Software-and standards-are the keys to TCO and ROI
The dominant mantras in the IT community all involve the repetition of total cost of ownership (TCO) and return on investment (ROI).
Protocol options lead to 'storage-agnostic networks'
With the confluence of Fibre Channel, IP/iSCSI, and InfiniBand, the "one-size-fits-all" rule won't apply in the storage networking arena.
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.
SAN management software requires component integration
Many point products are available, but end users are demanding integrated, interoperable, end-to-end solutions.
Part II — Transport protocol considerations for IP SANs
This article, the second in a two-part series, examines the pros and cons of using TCP vs. the User Datagram Protocol for SAN extension.
Optimize backup assets to reduce cost, complexity
Storage administrators can optimize backup assets such as tape libraries, servers, and media to deliver substantial savings in both cost and manageability.
IP storage: A review of iSCSI, FCIP, iFCP
Finalized standards for running block-level data over IP networks are due this year.
High-performance SANs: Does TCP 'stack' up?
Before users can take advantage of IP storage, a number of technical hurdles need to be cleared.
First DAFS product debuts
Two years after launching the Direct Access File System (DAFS) initiative, Network Appliance is rolling out the first DAFS product, which will accelerate performance for IBM DB2, Oracle 8i and 9i, and Sybase database environments running on Network Appliance filers.
Capacity at a crossroads
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ADIC merges disk, tape management
Seattle-based Advanced Digital Information Corp. (ADIC) is taking a new approach to hierarchical storage management (HSM). Leveraging its existing HSM, tape, and file-system technologies, the company has developed a storage management suite that it says will enable end users to make more-efficient use of their storage area network (SAN) resources.
1Vision eases Windows-based NAS management
1Vision believes the answer to the management problems facing Windows-based file-server and network-attached-storage (NAS) users lies with its distributed file-aggregation software: vNAS Pro/Enterprise. The software is one of several virtualization products under development that specifically address the NAS market.