Industry News and Analysis

HP swaps APIs with IBM, Hitachi
Hewlett-Packard's recent agreements to cross-license application programming interfaces (APIs) with IBM and Hitachi are an interim step for managing heterogeneous environments in the absence of a mature Common Information Model (CIM) standard, according to company officials.
Quantum restructures, acquires Benchmark
Earlier this week, Quantum announced a major restructuring effort with the hope of steering the company toward profitability by the end of its fiscal year. The news comes just a week after Quantum announced plans to acquire Benchmark Storage Innovations, a vendor of low-cost DLTtape drives.
IBM acquires SRM start-up
Last week, IBM acquired three-year-old storage resource management (SRM) start-up TrelliSoft for an undisclosed sum. IBM officials say the purchase not only accelerates its stagnant SRM strategy, but also puts the company in a position to capture a slice of this fast-growing software segment--a market the Hurwitz Group forecasts to reach $1.5 billion by 2005.
Out with the old, in with the new
With more and more IT dollars going toward storage (see chart), administrators are increasingly finding themselves in the difficult position of having to justify hardware and software purchases to senior- level management.
Veritas broadens Linux support
With Dell, IBM, Intel, and Oracle at its side, Veritas Software this summer set its Linux strategy in motion for enterprise computing-a market Veritas and other storage vendors believe is now ripe with opportunity.
Sun software supports CIM
Claiming to be the first systems vendor to offer storage management software based on the Common Information Model (CIM) standard, Sun Microsystems recently released its StorEdge Enterprise Storage Manager (ESM) software.
Start-ups tackle automated storage 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 tools.
Spin-off addresses NAS backup
If your storage environment includes network-attached storage (NAS), chances are good that you have backup problems. While there are a variety of ways to back up NAS appliances, these methods have generally been difficult to manage, expensive to implement or, in some cases, just plain inefficient.
Sharing eases angst about slow performance
<b>Q: </b>Our research group is running analyses on files ranging from 50MB to several hundred megabytes in size. Performance was fine when a single computer was able to do all the work, but as we've moved the files to a file server and added more computers, performance has become unbearably slow. Can we use storage area network (SAN) technology to improve file-server performance?
Serial ATA activity picks up
Although Serial ATA disk drives are not expected to become widely available until early next year, a variety of vendors have started to introduce products designed around the new specification.
SANgate ships data migration alternative
Hoping to change the way large companies migrate data, Southboro, MA, start-up SANgate Systems recently announced its first product, SANblaster S1000, which the company claims is the first dedicated, non-host-based data migration tool.
Quantum expands Linux-based NAS
Leveraging its investment in Linux, Quantum's Storage Solutions Group (formerly Snap Appliances) is integrating its latest network- attached storage (NAS) server with the company's tape drives and SyncSort's software for local backup-a feature that was lacking in its previous NAS products.
How to create solid policies for SAN security
Securing data in a SAN requires controlling access at all levels, including physical, network, storage device, host, and administrator.
End-user perspectives on storage software licensing
End users want options in enterprise licensing structures, and vendors are not always providing the required flexibility.
End users attest to the benefits of SRM
Storage resource management software is the first step in understanding-and controlling-out-of-control management costs.
EMC stresses continuity among platforms
EMC recently 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.
Database archiving saves space, increases performance
Are you running out of database disk space, or paying for expensive disk capacity that you don't really need? Is "database bloat" bringing your applications to unsatisfactory performance levels?
Chargeback makes a comeback
Often included in storage resource management suites, chargeback functionality holds users (and customers) accountable for their storage usage.
Be realistic about your interoperability expectations
In our conversations with end users-and, for that matter, vendors-it's surprising how often the subject of "interoperability" comes up. Users consistently complain about the lack of interoperability between storage products-hardware and/or software-from different vendors.
'Bluefin' to provide standard SAN management interface
End-user benefits will include simplified-and lower-cost-SAN management.
Which storage virtualization approach is 'best?'
A relational database technique called normalization helps explain how network-based virtualization can simplify SAN management. By Jerome M. Wendt