Industry News and Analysis

EMC enhances DMX arrays, supports iSCSI
Yesterday, EMC introduced a number of features and arrays in its DMX line that may turn some heads. For example, the company introduced non-disruptive upgrade capability, an asynchronous version of its SRDF software, and support for iSCSI.
Start-up delivers out-of-band virtualization
Citing limitations to in-band virtualization, MonoSphere claims its out-of-band approach to storage virtualization does not cause single points of failure, does not use host CPU cycles, and can talk to storage area networks (SANs), network-attached storage (NAS), and direct-attached storage (DAS)--a key differentiator from its competitors, according to some analysts.
On-demand computing headlines CA conference
At its annual CA World conference in Las Vegas this week, Computer Associates outlined its vision of on-demand computing and described some of the near-term steps the company plans to take toward that goal.
Microsoft ships free iSCSI drivers
Last week, Microsoft announced the availability of its iSCSI software initiator package, which includes a software driver and initiator service. The software works with Windows 2000 client and server versions, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 and is available for free download at www.microsoft.com/downloads.
It's time for 'instant restore appliances'
For years, companies have relied on traditional data-protection techniques—tape backup, mirrored disks, periodic mirror break-offs, remote replication, and snapshots.
Veritas expands beyond storage
Taking its first steps toward what the company refers to as "utility computing," Veritas last month introduced its OpForce 3.0 server provisioning software.
User survey reveals storage networking trends
Although the adoption rate of storage area networks (SANs) has slowed over the last year, a recent survey of 192 storage professionals shows that users are leaning heavily toward SANs relative to network-attached storage (NAS).
Storage over SONET for business continuance
In today's 24x7 business environment, enterprises' dependence on advanced eBusiness solutions is intensifying and triggering unprecedented growth of mission-critical data.
Rethinking 'one-size-fits-all' data protection
With data-storage requirements continuing to double annually at some sites, throwing more storage space at the problem is a flawed strategy. Instead, this issue demands evaluating the importance of data, with data-protection safeguards applied appropriately.
Midrange drives NAS market growth
While 2002 was the first year that a significant revenue decline occurred in the network-attached storage (NAS) market since its inception in the early 1990s, the market is bouncing back, due in large part to growth in the lower midrange segment, according to International Data Corp.
Microsoft debuts next-generation NAS software
In its latest network-attached storage (NAS) server appliance kit, Microsoft is increasing NFS file sharing performance by 50%, adding storage resource management (SRM) functionality and a new Web user interface, supporting an iSCSI initiator, and including the same storage features as Windows Server 2003.
LTO comes on strong despite down market
Despite continued adoption of storage area networks (SANs) and network-attached storage (NAS) last year, unit shipments of tape libraries increased just 3% to 65,400 units, according to the recently published Freeman Report, 2003 Tape Library Outlook.
IP storage solutions for disaster recovery
IP storage transport protocols, combined with conventional remote storage solutions, can be implemented across a wide selection of IP networking options. The various options have their own strengths and weaknesses.
Is disk-based backup all that it's cracked up to be?
Does disk-to-disk (D2D) backup deliver as advertised? That's a question a lot of you have been asking me lately.
Focus shifts from backup to recovery
For years, backup-and-recovery has been mostly about backup. What data should I back up?
FCIA approves 4Gbps SAN fabrics
Last month, the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) voted in approval of using 4Gbps Fibre Channel in switched storage area network (SAN) fabrics.
Fast recovery and availability overcome tape barrier
Every IT manager knows the importance of data backup and recovery to the organization's business continuity strategy. The basic approach to data backup, however, has not changed in decades.
Extending storage over WANs
With the heightened attention on business continuity and disaster recovery, many organizations are looking to extend their storage over long distances using a wide area network (WAN).
Database growth leads to archiving trend
After growing 125% in 2002, Tektronix's Oracle database is projected to do so again this year due to the financial, order management, and inventory transactions that its 3,000 users worldwide perform.
CA addresses common backup gripes
With the release of BrightStor Enterprise Backup v10.5, Computer Associates says it addresses some of users' biggest backup complaints—notably, manageability, integration, and performance.
Are you disillusioned with SAN management software?
At the Gartner PlanetStorage conference last month, one of the more eye-opening sessions was analyst Bob Passmore's presentation on the storage area network (SAN) management software market.
ADM optimizes storage utilization, reduces TCO
These days IT administrators have to be concerned about a variety of issues such as how to cut the IT budget while end-user data growth rates are 60% or more per year; how to manage all the reference information (or fixed-content data) that is accumulating within the organization;
What the SMI-S standard can and cannot do
To some proponents, the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) will solve all storage management problems. Detractors, on the other hand, are extremely skeptical about the promises of SMI-S.