Industry News and Analysis

StorageTek updates SVA, SN6000
StorageTek last week announced an overhaul of its Shared Virtual Array (SVA) architecture, with the introduction of the V2X SVA series, and a tape-mirroring software option for its StorageNet 6000 storage domain manager.
Maxtor exits NAS market
Citing poor revenue and competition with its own customers, Maxtor last week announced that it would exit the network-attached storage (NAS) market and concentrate on its disk drive business.
jobstor.com to provide career resources content to <I>InfoStor</I> readers
jobstor.com (The Data Storage Job Board) and <I>InfoStor</I>, a leading publication for enterprise storage professionals, announced today that they have entered into an extensive content agreement.
EMC stresses commonality among platforms
Earlier this week, EMC announced its sixth-generation Clariion product--the CX600. For those awaiting a next-generation Symmetrix array, the CX600 was somewhat of a letdown, but for mid-tier markets it was welcome news because the new array fills a long-standing gap in the company's Clariion lineup.
Start-up tackles automated, policy-based management
Over the next six months, more and more vendors will be shipping automated policy-based storage management software, which analysts say is the next evolutionary stage for storage resource management (SRM) tools.
Know what your peers are doing
I have to admit that I am a sucker for surveys. None of us have the time to call hundreds of storage professionals to find out which way the wind is blowing.
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.
Policy-based automation moves forward
Automated, policy-based management software will be in high demand, especially because it can help save a lot of time.
Part II, Preparing for SRM deployment
Pre-deployment involves performance testing, communication with users, and pilot testing.
Outsourcing backup and recovery
Potential advantages include increased data security and lower administration costs.
NAS market to split into gateway, stand-alone segments
In the future, the network-attached storage (NAS) market will comprise two distinct product categories-gateways and stand-alone devices-according to a recent report from the Gartner Inc. research and consulting firm, in Stamford, CT.
IBM overhauls Shark arrays
Billing it as the most significant redesign since the product line was introduced three years ago, IBM this month enhanced its TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server ("Shark") RAID arrays with a number of performance-boosting architectural changes, including
IT's dirty little secret
Users raise concerns about backup and recovery.
IT organizations require storage specialist
Storage and networking professionals should work together, but most companies still require dedicated storage administrators. By Steve Lefferdink
IBM delivers ATA NAS
This month, IBM began shipments of its first network-attached storage (NAS) server to take advantage of ATA disk drives. More and more NAS devices are being outfitted with ATA drives to cut costs while moving the file servers into the midrange and high-end markets.
Global file systems will enable scalable NAS
Emerging file-system technology promises to overcome one of the drawbacks to traditional network-attached storage architectures: lack of scalability.
Disaster recovery begins at the disk drive level
An effective data-protection strategy involves guarding against inevitabilities such as disk drive and component failure.
Carlson's data center relies on IP SAN
The drumroll for IP storage area networks (SANs) has been long and loud, but end-user adopters have been few and far between.
Business Briefs
Topspin Communications, a start-up focused on the emerging enterprise data-center virtualization market, has completed a $30 million second round of venture capital funding, bringing total investment to about $47.5 million.
A balanced approach for managing storage networks
A solid SAN management strategy requires planning, staff allocation and, where possible, the use of existing tools and skill sets.
User survey shows strong surge toward SANs
According to an extensive survey of 152 Fortune 1000 IT storage professionals, the surge toward storage area networks (SANs) is much stronger than the shift to network-attached storage (see figure).