Industry News and Analysis

Microsoft adds NAS, SAN features
Microsoft recently released to its OEMs a feature pack for Windows Storage Server 2003 that will enable companies to use Windows-based network-attached storage (NAS) filers in Exchange Server environments. OEMs are expected to ship NAS devices with the feature pack within the next two months.
EMC introduces 'disk library'
Introduced earlier this month, EMC's CLARiiON Disk Library is a disk array that emulates a tape library. (Supported emulations currently include tape systems from ADIC, Quantum, and StorageTek.)
IBM swims downstream with 'baby Shark'
At the Storage Networking World conference and exhibition last week, IBM fleshed out its enterprise-class disk system family with the announcement of a lower-cost version of its TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server (ESS) 800 "Shark" array.
Fibre Channel SAN vendors woo SMBs
A number of research reports have indicated that the growth of storage area networks (SANs) in large enterprises is leveling off, while the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market represents a potentially huge, untapped market. Not surprisingly, virtually every storage vendor has refocused its efforts on the SMB space, including vendors of products for Fibre Channel SANs.
IBM takes the sting out of compliance
When it comes to regulatory compliance, no two users are alike, nor is their data.
Storage Networking World Spring recap
SNIA's chair presents user-related highlights from this month's conference and exhibition.
Start-up spins a 'compelling' story
In a storage market in which point products abound, the idea of being able to buy a services-rich storage system from a single vendor may be welcome news to many end users, particularly those squeezed by tight budgets and demanding data requirements.
New file-sharing options address user demands
When it comes to managing data, IT administrators at digital media, oil and gas, seismic, and chip simulation companies face a common challenge: making sure that authorized users—who can number in the hundreds or even thousands—have quick, shared access to data files.
Market drivers and technology trends in data protection
The Enterprise Storage Group reviews the key trends and technologies in tape/disk backup and recovery, including replication techniques and new alternatives.
It's a good time to be an SMB
If you're a storage professional in a small to medium-sized business (SMB)—which many of our readers are—you're in luck.
Information life-cycle management: Myths and realities
The Enterprise Storage Group tackles what is arguably the storage industry's hottest (and most hyped) buzzword.
How does storage fit into utility computing?
Though the concept goes by many names (which can lead to confusion), utility computing is an enticingly simple notion: Buy only the amount of computing/storage you need, when you need it—like flipping the light switch or turning on the water faucet—and respond effortlessly to changing business needs.
IBM offers integrated software suite
Knowing which software tool (or tools) to use to solve a particular data management issue is no easy task, especially in complex IT environments.
Fibre Channel vendors eye SMB market
Storage area networks are mainstream in large enterprises, but SAN adoption in small to medium-sized businesses presents challenges.
Experts offer advice on compliance
After having spent recent years bringing their organizations through large IT initiatives such as Y2K and company-wide ERP implementations, IT managers now find themselves navigating the murky and often uncharted waters of regulatory compliance.
Examining the TCO model for database archiving
Regulatory compliance, rather than cost savings, may be the best justification for considering database archiving.
Analyst firm weighs in on backup, recovery
When it comes to backup and recovery, the Enterprise Storage Group (ESG) consulting firm says that organizations may want to take a good look at their plan from a business, not just a technology, perspective.
Alacritech accelerates iSCSI
Last month, Alacritech released its SES1001 iSCSI accelerator card, which speeds up Microsoft's iSCSI Software Initiator via hardware ASICs.
Wide area file services tame the distributed enterprise
Wide area file services consolidate file storage in a centralized location and intelligently provide fast access to high-use files over a WAN.