Industry News and Analysis

EMC software manages SAN changes
Targeting the 40% of downtime that Gartner Inc. claims is caused by operator error, EMC this week announced new functionality for its ControlCenter family of storage resource management (SRM) software. SAN Advisor replaces the SAN Architect software and is designed to help users reduce the risk of errors and downtime associated with SAN infrastructure changes.
Cisco enables fabric applications
Cisco recently announced hardware and software that will make it easier for application vendors to port to the company's MDS 9000 switches to create what Cisco refers to as "intelligent fabric applications" (e.g., network-based volume management, remote replication, backup/recovery, continuous data protection, etc.).
Avoiding the trap: Proper estimation of storage needs
Here are some tips for more accurately estimating storage needs, thereby smoothing out future capacity-planning efforts.
Security's new deal
Mergers and buyouts are muddying the lines between security and other industries. Can purely security-focused providers survive?
Is your storage management process HIPAA compliant?
Beginning in April 2005, being compliant with the HIPAA security regulations turns into serious business. The question for CIOs, IT directors, and everyone charged with securing the company's network is: When the auditors come looking at your operation, will you be HIPAA compliant?
New solutions for streamlining storage management
<p>IT managers are looking for better infrastructure management tools and a tighter integration of storage with all of the other enterprise components--applications, networking, and servers. Responding to this call, some of the biggest players are offering solutions that promise tighter control over IT operations.</p>
Start-up manages unstructured data
This week, the industry got its first glimpse of Kazeon, a self-described provider of unstructured information management products for the enterprise.
AppIQ inks agreements with HP, Xiotech
While other start-ups struggle to keep afloat, AppIQ, a three-and-a-half year-old provider of standards-based storage management software, continues to gain traction in the market, inking a number of significant OEM and technology development agreements over the past several months.
EMC adds searching, chargeback to Centera
It's a well-known fact that a backup application is only as good as its recovery capabilities: How quickly and easily (if at all) can data be restored to users when needed? Similarly, a data archive is only as good its ability to locate, recover, and leverage the data it contains across the enterprise.
Users benefit from consolidation
Case Studies: Storage Consolidation part 2
Tippett&rsquo;s SAN speeds data flow
Berkeley, CA-based Tippett Studio has a 20-year history of creating effects for feature films and commercials, including the recently released films <i>Constantine</i> and <i>Son of the Mask</i>.
The power of the pipeline
As post-production houses and studios move toward all-digital workflows, there has been a renewed focus on the importance of storage devices at the hub of these digital pipelines.
Testing LTO-3 vs. LTO-2 and SDLT
LTO-3 stores an impressive 400GB per cartridge, but its performance will be the bigger draw.
STK targets fixed content, compliance
StorageTek recently expanded its write-once, read-many (WORM) capabilities beyond tape to include disk media with the introduction of its Lifecycle Fixed Content Manager (LFCM) 100, a SATA-based disk system for the long-term storage of fixed content and compliance-related data-in particular, e-mail.
SNIA tackles grid storage requirements
Although still in its infancy, grid storage promises to alleviate cost, flexibility, and reliability issues.
Sesame Workshop stores Sesame Street on disk
Sesame Workshop is a nonprofit educational organization best known for producing the popular PBS children&rsquo;s series, Sesame Street, which has been around for 35 years.
Sanrad adds replication to iSCSI switches
Sanrad this month added network-based remote data replication to the storage services supported by its family of iSCSI-based V-Switches.
Retailer chooses NAS for OLTP
A member of the Association of Storage Networking Professionals who manages storage for a large North American retailer gathered the information in this case study.
Pacific Title &amp; Art builds a SAN-based workflow
The 86-year history of Hollywood-based Pacific Title &amp; Art Studio harks back to film titling for the first talking picture, The Jazz Singer.
Optimus turns to disk-based color correction
Many post-production houses, such as Chicago-based Optimus, use a telecine to first transfer original film footage onto some form of video tape (such as DVCAM, DigiBeta, D5, or D1).
EMC jump-starts iSCSI adoption
Adds iSCSI to Clariion arrays
Is ILM simple or complex?
When you-know-who started banging the information life-cycle management (ILM) drum, I paid careful attention to the definition&hellip;and then the many definitions that followed.
IP Storage addresses diverse applications
End users are taking advantage of IP SANs to inexpensively solve storage problems in companies of all sizes.
InMage focuses on data continuity
With the release of its DR-Scout product last month, InMage, a start-up led by Brocade co-founder Kumar Malavalli, says it is making it easier-and more affordable-for mid-tier users to protect their data, as well as consolidate data at remote offices.
Ibrix debuts parallel file system
At Linux World last month, four-year-old start-up Ibrix demonstrated its ability to overcome scalability issues with Linux clusters with its FusionFS parallel file system, the central component of the company&rsquo;s recently announced Fusion Software Suite.
IBM hopes to homer with &lsquo;Blue SOX&rsquo;
IBM&rsquo;s new &ldquo;Blue SOX&rdquo; 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.
FotoKem streamlines digital content workflow
FotoKem is a 40-year-old post-production studio that often works on hundreds of projects simultaneously, ranging from creating digital masters to color correction.
Evaluating options for Windows clusters
Options range from basic high-availability and load-balancing clusters to virtual machines and data-sharing clusters.
DNA&rsquo;s disk storage ensures quality effects for The Aviator
Even if your visual effects boutique is small, sometimes you need to make your systems work like the larger studios&rsquo;-without the accompanying big VFX house price tag.
DKP achieves full digital rendering and compositing
Toronto-based DKP Studios is used to dealing with the challenges involved in sending large data sets over its network as part of the digital rendering and compositing process.
Deepfile reinvents itself, narrows focus
One of the biggest problems users run into when trying to meet regulatory requirements for unstructured data types is determining what data needs to be saved for compliance purposes and what data doesn&rsquo;t.
Consultants offer ROI/TCO advice
All vendors make ROI/TCO claims.
Using storage to cut time creating dailies
Introduced at last year&rsquo;s National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show, MTI Film&rsquo;s Control Dailies solution is based on high-speed Fibre Channel disk arrays from Bright Systems.