Industry News and Analysis

MaXXan enters storage switch market
MaXXan Systems recently announced an "intelligent switching platform" that promises to move storage intelligence (applications) from hosts and subsystems into the storage network fabric. Production shipments are expected at the end of March.
Sun launches N1-enabled blade system
Sun Microsystems recently announced the Sun Fire Blade Platform, the company's first server blade system with Network One (N1) software -- the N1 Provisioning Server 3.0 Blades Edition, which virtualizes a rack of blades as though they were one system. It also announced network-attached storage (NAS) optimized for blades, as well as a disk array and two tape products targeted at the entry-level market.
CA simplifies SAN design
Computer Associates officials say that its acquisition of key assets of Netreon, a provider of storage area network (SAN) software, will be instrumental in furthering CA's vision of end-to-end storage management.
EMC takes aim at HDS
Billing it as the company's most significant announcement in the last decade, EMC earlier today introduced the long-awaited Symmetrix DMX line of disk arrays, formerly referred to as Symm 6. According to analysts, EMC may have hit the home run that it needs to jump ahead of the current performance leader, Hitachi Data Systems.
LeftHand Networks delivers IP SAN
LeftHand Networks recently began shipping an IP-based storage area network (SAN) solution that leverages existing Ethernet networks and provides high-end management capabilities without using Fibre Channel or iSCSI, according to company claims.
Veritas moves into applications management
With its recent acquisition of Jareva Technologies and its pending acquisition of Precise Software, Veritas is expanding beyond its storage-centric roots into application performance management (APM).
Understanding disk-to-disk backup
End users are increasingly looking for alternatives to traditional backup-and-restore methods, and disk-to-disk backup is looking more and more promising as a way to combat shrinking backup windows.
The truth about tape: The market, opportunities, future
When it comes to change, IT administrators are notoriously resistant.
Sun acquisitions bolster N1 strategy
Sun Microsystems is launching pilot programs for selected customers with products from Pirus Networks and Terraspring, companies it recently acquired to build out its N1 strategy.
OPNET adds FC support for virtual network analysis
Building on its foundations in IP and server modeling, OPNET Technologies is offering an alternative to costly "test-bed" approaches used for validating infrastructure architectures and predicting application performance in storage network scenarios.
IP SANs leverage existing technology
End users and storage integrators find themselves in a quandary these days.
Keeping pace with trends in 2003
Which technologies will be hot in 2003, and how should I prioritize my spending and evaluation resources?
IBM, HP first to resell Cisco storage switches
Last month, Cisco signed up IBM as the first major OEM of its MDS family of Fibre Channel and multi-protocol switches and directors.
EMC takes aim at HDS
Billing it as the company's most significant announcement in the last decade, EMC earlier this month introduced the long-awaited Symmetrix DMX line of disk arrays, formerly referred to as Symm 6.
EMC recharges midrange NAS
Cranking up its focus on the midrange network-attached storage (NAS) market, EMC is leveraging its high-end Clariion gateway technology in its new midrange NAS device, the NS600, which offers high-end features and high availability at a relatively low cost, according to analysts.
Consolidation simplifies storage infrastructures
Data warehousing, data mining, CRM, ERP, e-business, databases, e-mail.
Applying storage intelligence to backup operations
Organizations spend millions of dollars on data backup systems and subsystems and millions more each year attempting to manage these systems to ensure the availability of mission-critical data.
Analysts share 2002-03 storage perspectives
If one thing stands out from a recent InfoStor survey, it's the general lack of consensus among industry analysts and consultants over the relative importance of end-user storage concerns and the priority end users should assign to various storage technologies.
What's hot, and what's not
One of our cover stories this month ("Analysts share 2002-03 storage perspectives") is based on a poll of some leading storage consultants and analysts. Among other things, we asked them to rank storage technologies........