Industry News and Analysis

McData to acquire Nishan and Sanera
Analysts say that McData's acquisitions of Nishan Systems and Sanera, announced earlier this week, will level the playing field in the brewing battle among Brocade, Cisco, and McData.
XIOtech introduces 'storage clustering'
Disk array vendor XIOtech recently introduced what analysts say is a unique architecture that essentially decouples controllers and disk arrays on a Fibre Channel storage network. The company hopes to differentiate its distributed controller technology, dubbed Magnitude 3D, from traditional monolithic and modular disk arrays (including the original Magnitude) in which controllers and drives are in the same enclosure. The company refers to the architecture as a dimensional storage cluster.
Overland branches out into disk-based backup
Overland Storage last week took further steps to expand beyond its tape backup business with the announcement of its first disk-based backup appliance--the REO Series B2000. The company is expected to ship a second product--the R2000--next month. The B2000 is focused on backup, the R2000 on recovery. Both products use Serial ATA disk drives and are IP-ready.
The last--and first--SSP calls it quits
StorageNetworks, which pioneered the ill-fated storage service provider (SSP) market, finally succumbed last week when its board of directors approved a plan to liquidate the company after failing to find a buyer after an extensive search.
Are TOEs a panacea for backup performance?
TCP offload engines (TOEs) can speed up applications such as client/server backup and file serving.
Veritas continues push beyond storage
With the completion of its acquisition of Precise Software earlier this summer and the release of the first products from its acquisition of Jareva Technologies (see "Veritas expands beyond storage," InfoStor, July 2003, p. 8), Veritas is pushing beyond its storage-centric roots and into more direct competition with Computer Associates, IBM/ Tivoli, and EMC.
Vendors address NAS management challenges
Long known for its low cost, heterogeneous file sharing, and simple installation—among other benefits—network-attached storage (NAS) is difficult to manage when scaling beyond the first few appliances.
Tape- vs. disk-based backup, part II
Let me first clarify the claim that I made in that column (see "Is disk-based backup all that it's cracked up to be?", July 2003, p. 24). I was addressing a reader who wanted to know if staging his backups to disk would improve performance over sending data directly to tape.
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 or 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 analysts.
Special Series Part I: Business Continuity Planning<br>How prepared are you?
When InfoStor polled its readers about their business continuity preparedness, we were somewhat surprised to find that the majority of respondents said they had a plan in place and tested it regularly (i.e., at least once a year).
Sorting through regulatory compliance hype
You would have had to be living under a rock for the past few months to have missed all the vendor noise about SEC 17a, HIPAA, and Sarbanes-Oxley. In fact, many storage vendors have made these new regulations a central focus of their marketing efforts.
Security implications of network-attached storage
Two years ago, it was defense-in-depth. Last year, it was cyber terrorism. Now a new topic is raising quite a few eyebrows in IT organizations: storage security. Until recently, they were independent issues.
On-demand computing headlines CA World conference
At its annual CA World conference in Las Vegas last month, 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 spurs iSCSI adoption
Earlier this summer, Microsoft announced the availability of its iSCSI software initiator package, which includes a software driver and initiator service.
Modular disk systems expand to the enterprise
RAID systems were developed more than a decade ago to solve the common problem of failed disk drives causing applications to fail and end users to lose access to their data.
iSCSI software initiators vs. iSCSI host bus adapters
The promise of iSCSI for early adopters is affordable storage consolidation solutions for server environments where simplicity, flexibility, and price/performance are critical IT decision factors.
Is the EMC-Legato deal a win for users?
Analysts view EMC's acquisition of Legato, which is expected to be finalized in October, as a win-win for both companies, and most analysts see it as a positive deal for end users&mdash;with a few caveats.
Is iSCSI ready for prime time?
It's been three years coming, but there are signs that iSCSI may be ready for end-user adoption.
How to conduct a storage security audit
Data storage and networking technologies are changing. Some of those changes could increase your risks of data loss, damage, or unauthorized disclosure of sensitive data.
Extending storage over WANs
Business continuity and disaster recovery have taken on a very high profile, requiring more and more organizations to extend their storage over long distances using a wide area network (WAN).
A realistic approach to automating storage management
Many analyst/consulting firms have dubbed storage automation as the "next big thing" in storage management. For instance, the Enterprise Storage Group ("storage process automation"), the Yankee Group ("storage automation"), and Strategic Research ("storage operations management") have all weighed in with comprehensive reports on the subject.
Which company will save iSCSI?
You may not think iSCSI needs to be saved, what with the market's renewed attention on the IP-based storage I/O alternative to parallel SCSI, Fibre Channel, and Serial ATA. Yet we've been here before, haven't we?