Industry News and Analysis

<B>Crosswalk software aimed at mid-market</B>
Start-up Crosswalk Inc. is targeting the "M" part of the SMB (small to medium-sized business) market with storage management software that is based on a unique (at least in the midrange market, according to analysts) knowledge base engine.
NetApp moves toward storage grid
Network Appliance earlier this week announced the 7G version of its Data ONTAP operating system and, in doing so, marked a significant milestone in its pursuit of a storage grid architecture, according to analysts.
CommVault rolls out next-gen software
With the release of its second-generation QiNetix platform this month, CommVault is taking further steps to differentiate its software from traditional backup-and-recovery applications as well as specialized storage management suites from a variety of vendors, including AppIQ and CreekPath.
SNW wrap-up
In a follow-up to last week's e-newsletter, which covered a number of product announcements from Storage Networking World, here are a few more announcements from last week's conference.
IBM strengthens disk platforms
Focuses on partitioning, virtualization
StorageTek acquires Storability
Expands, re-brands disk arrays
SNIA road map sets course for ILM
The Data Management Forum plans to clear the confusion surrounding information life-cycle management.
NAS-SAN fusion: Windows vs. Linux; Building a SAN for SMBs, part 5
We compare a NAS-SAN gateway based on Microsoft's Windows Storage Server 2003 to a file server running SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9.
Microsoft eyes data-protection market
Microsoft has signaled its intent to jump further into the storage market with the announcement of a continuous disk-based replication and recovery product.
McData router consolidates storage area network islands
McData recently extended it SAN router line with the announcement of the 16-port Eclipse 2640, which can link heterogeneous SANs.
Iron Mountain to acquire Connected
Iron Mountain last month announced its intent to acquire Connected Corp., a provider of online backup-and-recovery products and services, in an all-cash transaction valued at about $117 million.
InfiniBand holds promise for HPC environments
Q: In a previous column, you discussed the challenges of providing storage to high-performance computing (HPC) clusters. How does InfiniBand enable storage for HPC clusters?
EMC picks up Dantz
EMC recently acquired Dantz Development Corp., a 20-year-old provider of backup-and-recovery software for the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market, to the tune of about $50 million.
Gateways bring NAS into the data center
NAS gateways converge SAN and NAS, enabling storage consolidation and a single pool of storage to manage
Disk-to-disk-to-tape backup alternatives, part 2
D2D2T devices can be categorized as appliances, disk libraries, or virtual tape systems, all of which are viable solutions.
Disk-based WORM eases compliance issues
Compliance Series: Part 3
CreekPath upgrades software
CreekPath Systems recently released an enhanced version of its storage management suite that includes a new active multi-path management capability as well as features that make the software more scalable.
Consortium focuses on information sharing
Twenty-eight vendors representing a cross section of companies in the telecommunications, government, military, aerospace, and IT industries banded together recently to create the Network Centric Operations Industry Consortium (NCOIC), a collaborative forum that plans to build a global network environment that promotes information sharing and interoperability.
Cisco extends SANs
In what company officials billed as its most significant storage announcement of the year, Cisco recently released a number of products and enhancements in the MDS 9000 line of switches and software, most of which were related primarily to improving SAN extension.
Backup/archiving survey: Tape still dominates
The second in a series of articles on backup-related issues reveals end-user trends in tape and disk strategies.
2D or not 2D: That is no longer the question
There seems to be little doubt that disk-to-disk (D2D) backup/recovery is the hottest trend in the storage industry today.
Survey reveals users' storage priorities
TheInfoPro (TIP) is in the process of completing Wave 4 of its bi-annual study of the storage networking and storage management markets based on in-depth interviews with hundreds of Fortune 1000 and mid-market companies in North America, as well as European storage professionals.