Industry News and Analysis

SANgate ships data migration alternative
Hoping to change the way large companies migrate data, Southboro, MA, start-up SANgate Systems earlier this week announced its first product, SANblaster S1000, which the company claims is the first dedicated, non-host-based data migration tool.
SNIA forms network security forum
In October, the Storage Networking Industry Association's Security Industry Forum (SSIF) hopes to unveil a best-practices document for storage networking security, an issue that end users have identified as a primary concern.
NSI broadens replication, targets NAS
NSI Software is touting affordable replication, especially for small to mid-sized companies that use Windows-based network-attached storage (NAS). This week, NSI announced enhancements to its Double-Take data replication software as well as a new product for Windows-based NAS.
IBM delivers ATA NAS
This week, IBM announced that it will ship within the next month its first network-attached storage (NAS) device to take advantage of ATA disk drives. Increasingly more NAS servers are being outfitted with ATA drives to cut costs while moving the devices into the midrange and high-end markets.
CreekPath tackles policy-based management
CreekPath Systems, formerly a storage service provider (SSP), recently began shipping automated policy-based storage management software. The Application Intelligent Management (AIM) suite is a compilation of four types of products that integrate policy-based management and automatic storage provisioning and include storage resource management (SRM) and storage network management (SNM) functionality.
SNIA Education Committee focuses on end users
White papers, success stories, the SNIA Dictionary, and educational courseware serve the educational needs of storage networking IT professionals.
End-user survey: Storage area networks
The Aberdeen Group surveyed 150 ISO managers at mid-sized to large corporations about their SAN experiences. Here are the results.
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).
Using policies to manage data
Storage policies bring IT management closer to the goal of 'hands-free' management and data protection.
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.
Start-ups take on SAN, NAS leaders
Storage start-ups 3PAR Data and Zambeel believe they have the products, services, and support in place to compete against a slew of other start-ups in addition to well-entrenched incumbents.
Sorting out SAN and disk drive interfaces
On the SAN front, it's Fibre Channel vs. iSCSI and InfiniBand. For disk subsystems, ATA, SCSI, and Fibre Channel face serial versions of ATA and SCSI.
PCI Express and InfiniBand are complementary
PCI Express will be used to connect support chips, while InfiniBand will be used primarily for connecting systems and storage across data centers.
Shared file systems help justify SANs
Although storage area networks (SANs) allow users to share storage resources, without a shared (or clustered) file system, users can't actually share data. One of the key advantages of shared file systems is that they allow multiple users or platforms to read and write to the same file or disk volume concurrently.
RAID options for high-density servers
Options range from software RAID to IDE/ATA and SCSI RAID to chip-level implementations.
Part I: Preparing for SRM deployment
The first of two articles provides tips to help you get started on storage resource management testing, installation, and deployment.
Overland, ADIC diversify core businesses
Overland partners with leading ISVs, ADIC acquires virtual tape company
New options may ease NAS management, improve scaling
Venture capital firms have invested big bucks in a new category of storage products that many believe may hold the key to helping end users better manage and scale network-attached storage (NAS) environments.
Keeping your SAN under lock and key
We are getting ready to deploy a storage area network (SAN) and we are wondering what kinds of security measures to take. Are SANs susceptible to hacking?
Countdown to Serial — Helping users weigh their interface options
New drive interfaces will meet end-user demand for better performance, lower costs, and greater flexibility.
Brace yourself for an onslaught of start-ups
According to B2B Data Corp. (www.b2bdatacorp.com), 108 storage vendors—the majority of which were start-ups—received funding over the last two years.
Microsoft to move beyond NAS
Currently focused on Windows-powered network-attached storage (NAS) software, Microsoft's new Enterprise Storage Division plans to introduce more storage products.