Industry News and Analysis

IBM hopes to hit home run with 'Blue SOX'
Announced earlier this week, IBM's new "Blue SOX" service is designed to relieve organizations of some of the day-to-day burdens of Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance by handing off data management/storage responsibilities of certain data types to IBM Global Services.
McData 'Super Sizes'
Earlier this week, McData announced its intention to acquire Computer Network Technology (CNT), which is known primarily for its WAN extension products, in an all-stock transaction valued at approximately $235 million. CNT also sells director-class switches, which it gained from its acquisition of Inrange Technologies in 2003, as well as a variety of other product lines.
Top mergers & acquisitions of 2004
We end our 2004 wrap-up with a look back at some the more significant mergers and acquisitions in the storage industry leading up to the pending Symantec-Veritas blockbuster (not covered here). A review of M&A mania in 2004 will give you a good idea of what to expect in 2005 (and may shed some light on the Symantec deal).
Top storage trends of 2004
As we ring in the New Year, we take a retrospective look at four technologies/trends that were--arguably--the hottest in 2004: Serial ATA (SATA), disk-to-disk (D2D) backup, compliance, and storage resource management (SRM). We rounded up news/analysis articles to provide some perspective on these topics, which promise to be among the hottest again in 2005.
Is ILM HSM in disguise?
Q: ILM and HSM seem like the same thing. What's the difference between them?
Solving the RAID compatibility puzzle
SNIA's Common RAID Disk Data Format (DDF) promises to alleviate compatibility issues.
Software, services are the sweet spots
End-user spending in the overall storage market is expected to creep at an anemic 3.
Say hello to Symantec, the new Veritas
Last year, EMC reached outside its traditional storage space to acquire Documentum.
Overcoming resistance to centralized storage
Building a storage utility center requires storage consolidation as well as cooperative partnerships.
MCI offers disk-to-disk backup services
Uses Avamar's D2D software
HP expands 'tiered-storage' options
Hewlett-Packard last month expanded its storage portfolio with the introduction of three "tiered-storage" systems and a new release of its OpenView Data Protector software, which facilitates the movement of data/information among these resources.
IP SANs enable storage consolidation
By now, most enterprise IT groups have undergone some form of server and storage consolidation aimed at correcting problems with backups, provisioning storage, or reducing storage management burdens.
IBM delivers on SVC promise
Supports full line of EMC disk arrays
How to build a tiered storage infrastructure
The key is to start by classifying data to determine the business value of information.
Hitachi targets SMBs with SATA array
Hitachi Data Systems recently began shipping its first disk array for the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market-the Serial ATA-based Thunder 9520V Workgroup Modular Storage System.
Fabric-based replication: new option for BC/DR
Running applications such as replication from network-based devices provides a number of benefits, including lower costs and increased flexibility.
Emulex debuts next-gen embedded switches
It may be an apples-to-oranges comparison, but Emulex last year shipped more Fibre Channel ports than all of the fabric switch vendors combined, and that includes Brocade, Cisco, and McData.
E-mail archiving on track for rapid growth
It's clear that the e-mail archiving market will continue to grow rapidly over the next few years.
Consultants identify 2005 storage issues
Backup still a big issue
Understanding information life-cycle management
A successful ILM strategy encompasses four segments: data classification, data policy, data management, and a tiered storage infrastructure.