Industry News and Analysis

SNIA SSF seeks user, integrator input
When developing interoperable storage systems supported by major vendors, the Supported Solutions Forum (SSF) was lacking one thing this past year: end-user input. The SSF hopes to remedy that problem by asking end users to participate in the forum by submitting requests specifying storage networking configurations they wish to implement. The consortium, a branch of the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), tests, registers, and supports interoperable storage networking configurations.
Avamar offers disk-based backup alternative
At Storage Networking World next week, end users will get a first-hand view of a secondary storage appliance from Avamar Technologies that could, with the right OEM support, change the way users back up, restore, and archive data.
Quantum spins off NAS business
Citing a need to concentrate on its data-protection line, Quantum is spinning off its network-attached storage (NAS) business into a new company called Snap Appliance Inc.
Applying storage intelligence to backup operations
The goal is to ensure complete and error-free backup-and-recovery operations.
Spinnaker takes on EMC, NetApp
Spinnaker Networks, a Pittsburgh-based start-up, is looking to take on EMC and Network Appliance with its first network-attached storage (NAS) product, SpinServer 3300, which leverages a distributed file system for scaling up to 512 servers.
Sun acquires Pirus, pushes N1 strategy
With its upcoming acquisition of Pirus Networks, a hybrid switch-maker, Sun Microsystems is rounding out its Network One (N1) strategy for combining data resources into a single system.
Performing Oracle and SQL Server database recovery
Use point-in-time imaging technology to create highly available database environments.
Who needs NAS-SAN convergence?
While many vendors are developing products to merge NAS and SAN, end users are just beginning to employ gateways and special-purpose devices to combine the best of the two architectures.
What happened to iSCSI (and InfiniBand)?
The hype surrounding iSCSI started back in 2000, when Cisco and IBM submitted to the IETF standards body a spec for running SCSI over standard TCP/IP networks.
Techniques for scaling NAS environments
By implementing a switched architecture for NAS environments, IT organizations can build scalable, highly available NAS infrastructures. By Stephen Terlizzi
StorageTek updates SVA,SN6000
StorageTek recently 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.
Software vendors move toward unified management
A recent InfoStor QuickVote reader poll reveals a growing trend in the industry: Users are increasingly looking for ways to consolidate their storage management portfolios.
Quantum restructures, acquires Benchmark
Quantum last month announced a major restructuring effort with the hope of steering the company toward profitability by the end of its fiscal year.
Future benefits of object-based storage devices
A SNIA working group is investigating the potential of object-based storage to solve capacity, management, and scalability issues.
Maxtor exits NAS market, re-focuses on disk
Balancing news of its late-summer exit from the network-attached storage (NAS) market, Maxtor last month announced a trilogy of new disk drives, including an 80GB desktop line, a new ATA family, and a 15,000rpm drive.
IBM gets serious about SRM
IBM recently acquired three-year-old storage resource management (SRM) start-up TrelliSoft for an undisclosed sum and announced the first product of that merger.
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.
Disk highlights
On the desktop, Maxtor recently made the shift from 40GB- to 80GB-per-platter technology. "We've been 'laggers' in the market on this front, so we decided to go for true doubling," says Bob Silva, senior manager of product marketing, for Maxtor's desktop products group.
Cisco squares off against Brocade, McData
Within the next two months, Cisco plans to begin shipping its first wave of Fibre Channel switches, pitting the company against entrenched incumbents such as Brocade (the market leader in fabric switches) and McData (which leads in the number of director-class switches).
CIM inches closer to reality AppIQ to deliver CIM suite
End users and vendors agree that standards such as the Common Information Model (CIM) will help solve the problems associated with managing heterogeneous storage systems.
Analysts advise forming dedicated storage groups
In today's economic climate, few IT administrators are getting the nod to make significant IT purchases, and storage is no exception.
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