Industry News and Analysis

Seagate to offer Serial ATA drive
Seagate Technology this week became the first disk drive manufacturer to announce plans for a Serial ATA product family. The company says it will offer a native Serial ATA interface as an option to its new Barracuda ATA V drive this fall.
Dell to resell FalconStor software
FalconStor and Dell Computer's software and peripherals unit have inked a reseller agreement that authorizes Dell to resell FalconStor's IPStor storage software suite. Both companies announced the agreement this week.
SGI delivers heterogeneous, shared file system
This month, SGI delivered a version of its CXFS shared file system software that supports heterogeneous platforms, including Solaris and Windows NT. Previous versions of CXFS, which was introduced in 1999, supported only SGI's IRIX operating system. This latest version has been in development for three years.
StorageNetworks shifts focus to software
Former storage service provider (SSP) pioneer StorageNetworks is shifting gears to focus on delivering storage management software while continuing to support its managed service customers.
Serial ATA: The truth behind the hype
Beyond being a replacement for Parallel ATA (and an alternative to SCSI and Fibre Channel), Serial ATA will provide benefits in NAS/SAN configurations.
Why hasn't storage virtualization taken off?
The problems may lie in the management, reporting, monitoring, and delivery systems.
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.
To collocate or not to collocate
I need to arrange for off-site data storage for a small data center with three servers (e-mail, database, and file server) and roughly 500GB.
The case for 'storage network appliances'
Simplified management and increased performance are catalysts for reducing total cost of ownership.
Storage Virtualization: Classifications and benefits
Virtualization can be confusing because it can be applied to four different areas: storage space, files, networks, and device types.
StoneFly virtualizes IP SANs
Last week, start-up StoneFly Networks began shipments of storage virtualization appliances designed specifically for IP storage area networks (SANs) based on the emerging iSCSI protocol.
SPC releases benchmark results
The Storage Performance Council has begun posting results of the SPC Benchmark 1 (SPC-1) tests, which are designed to test performance of disk subsystems.
Software versus hardware replication for disaster recovery
Replication is the key to a solid disaster-recovery plan, but there are a wide variety of options.
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.
Roll-your-own RAID test results
Our lab builds a RAID subsystem based on a high-availability, Ultra160 SCSI controller.
SAN management using CIM and WBEM
Two standards may alleviate management headaches for both end users and management software developers.
Quantum bets on Linux for midrange NAS
Almost nine months after acquiring Connex's assets, including its Linux development team, Quantum has incorporated a Linux-based operating system into its new Guardian 14000 midrange network-attached storage (NAS) server.
No big storage surprises in HP-Compaq merger
After eight months of often less-than-friendly banter between pro- and anti-merger groups, Hewlett-Packard and Compaq united without a hitch last month.
NAS versus SAN all over again
Some end users are bucking conventional wisdom and using NAS filers for RDBMS-based applications. The appeal: simplicity and cost.
N+I attendees weigh in on storage networking
I was anxious to see the results from a storage networking survey conducted at last month's Networld+Interop show, primarily because it polled networking professionals who may or may not be involved with the storage side of their businesses.
Is ASA Veritas' answer to EMC's Auto IS?
At its recent Vision conference, Veritas Software took the wraps off its new software strategy, and in doing so, raised more than a few industry eyebrows.
Hospital goes digital with Centera
Ellen Maloney, vice president of outpatient services at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, is about to implement a 5TB Centera system along with a picture archive and communication (PAC) system.
Hitachi, IBM consolidate disk-drive operations
In April, Hitachi Ltd. and IBM announced the intent to combine their hard-disk-drive operations into a stand-alone, joint venture company that may become the third-largest drive manufacturer in the world, according to analysts.
EMC targets 'content addressable storage'
EMC last month rattled storage markets with the announcement of Centera—a purpose-built online storage system for fixed content—a partner list of more than 30 vendors, and a new division devoted to Centera development.
Cisco enables low-end IP SANs — iSCSI router targets FC switches
In a move that may signal the beginning of end-user adoption of IP storage area networks (SANs) and the iSCSI standard, Cisco last month began shipping a router that combines IP and Fibre Channel switching.
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"