Industry News and Analysis

Software, services are the sweet spots
End-user spending in the overall storage market is expected to creep at an anemic 3.6% CAGR over the next few years, but spending on storage software and services will increase more rapidly and garner a larger share of the market, according to research from International Data Corp.
IBM delivers on SVC promise
In adding support for EMC's complete line of CLARiiON CX disk arrays to its SAN Volume Controller (SVC) virtualization software, analysts say IBM has taken one small step for storage networking and one giant step for users.
Hitachi targets SMBs with SATA array
Hitachi Data Systems yesterday announced availability of its first disk array for the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market--the Serial ATA-based Thunder 9520V Workgroup Modular Storage System.
VARs/integrators/users share D2D experiences
Disk-to-disk (D2D) or disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) backup architectures are rapidly gaining acceptance by IT organizations constrained by their reliance on tape-based backup and restore.
Users, vendors face SMI-S hurdles
One issue is how vendors will distribute their SMI-S interfaces.
User survey reveals BC/DR trends
The third in a series of articles on data protection focuses on business continuance and disaster recovery.
The role of the channel is rising
Although it varies depending on what type of storage product you're talking about, the majority of storage purchases go through the channel
Storage-specific teams a necessity
As the management of storage supersedes management of servers, system administrators may need to morph into system/storage administrators.
Quantum, Sony target DDS market
Quantum buys Certance, Sony launches new AIT
NetApp moves toward storage grid
Launches Data ONTAP 7G
NeoPath joins NFM ranks
The rapid proliferation of NAS devices over the last several years has led to management problems.
In the lab: SATA D2D backup for desktops
Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives in low-cost RAID arrays and disk-to-disk (D2D) backup are usually thought of as server technologies.
Crosswalk software aimed at mid-market
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.
CommVault rolls out next-gen software
With the recent release of its second-generation QiNetix platform, 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.
Bank uses monitoring tools to manage 250TB SAN
Benefits include improved problem diagnosis and better performance, response times, and reliability.
Adoption of fabric-based intelligence stalled
Two recent surveys conducted by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) consulting firm suggest that vendors, not users, are in control of the emerging fabric-based intelligence market.
What are the applications for IP Storage?
Case studies illustrate how IP Storage protocols such as iSCSI, FCIP, and iFCP provide more-affordable storage connectivity options.