Industry News and Analysis

EMC extends NAS family
Building on the success of its Celerra line of NAS servers, EMC recently shipped low-end and midrange additions, as well as a new version of its DART operating environment that includes support for iSCSI and enhancements to the Celerra Manager Basic Edition software.
IBM lowers NAS-SAN gateway prices
IBM this week shipped a single-processor configuration of its TotalStorage NAS Gateway 500 for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and remote offices. The original NAS gateway, which was introduced in January, included two or four processors and was geared toward larger enterprises.
EMC strengthens channel relationships
EMC's introduction of the "EMC Select Program" last week signaled a subtle but significant change in its relationship with resellers and other partners--a move that analysts say reflects CEO Joseph Tucci's vision of moving the company away from its direct sales, hardware-centric business model toward a more partner-centric approach.
Quantum introduces WORM tape
Quantum Corp. recently announced its DLTice, claiming that it is the first widely adopted midrange tape offering with WORM technology. But there is a key difference in how Quantum has chosen to deliver WORM technology compared to other WORM tape vendors such as IBM, Sony, and StorageTek.
Veritas to integrate backup, replication
Veritas is taking first steps toward offering users an integrated backup/replication product. Last week, the company shipped version 3.0 of its Storage Replicator software, which has a Windows-based graphical user interface (GUI) that has the same look and feel as the company's Backup Exec GUI.
Tech Data, EMC target federal accounts
EMC and Tech Data this week announced they have expanded their distribution agreement to offer products and services to resellers and integrators targeting federal IT contracts.
Asigra reels in remote data
Making sure that data generated at remote locations is properly backed up can be problematic for many enterprises, especially those with multiple, distributed sites and little to no IT support to leverage.
Users prefer homegrown code
We anxiously await each "wave" of TheInfoPro's end-user survey results, which are the most comprehensive storage-specific IT surveys we've seen.
User survey: SRM finally takes off
But homegrown code still prevalent
The realities of business continuity
It's not just about backup anymore. It's about a confluence of data protection, disaster recovery, and business continuity.
Tape trends: LTO gaining momentum
Despite all the talk about disk-based backup, the tape industry appears to be on a minor rebound after three years of decline.
STK takes steps toward ILM portfolio
Storage Technology recently added a new backup monitoring and automation software tool that can be used with its L-Series and StreamLine tape libraries (including the recently released StreamLine SL500 and SL8500), a move that fits into the company's larger goal of becoming a player in the information life-cycle management (ILM) market.
SRM improves backup operations
Integrating storage resource management (SRM) tools with backup/recovery software streamlines the overall backup process.
Data protection, business continuity, and compliance
HIPAA stakes are high: Penalties for non-compliance include personal civil and/or criminal penalties to $250K and up to 10 yrs. in prison per incident.
HP to ship shared file system
Next month, Hewlett-Packard is expected to ship its StorageWorks Scalable File Share (SFS) to technical customers in high-performance computing (HPC) environments.
Emerging and innovative disaster-recovery strategies
End users should consider new techniques such as "stretching" clusters, backup-to-disk with remote replication and de-duplication, remote mirroring, and virtual machines.
EMC enhances Centera
EMC recently added more protocol support to its Centera content-addressed storage (CAS) system so that customers can archive data generated from applications that have not been integrated with Centera.
CNT launches new directors
This month, CNT began a rollout of its next generation of director-class storage networking switches.
Backup is dead. Long live backup!
New methods of backup and restore are needed to meet today's complex requirements.
Adaptec acquires Snap Appliance
Veritas acquires Invio
Acopia addresses common NAS gripes
Acopia, a two-year-old start-up in Lowell, MA, is among a growing list of vendors that have come to market with network-based products designed to address common problems with file server and NAS environments (e.g., difficult management, poor utilization, and scalability).
Users, integrators give SATA 'thumbs up'
But reliability concerns remain