Industry News and Analysis

SAN extension options multiply
The number of SANs is proliferating both at central data centers and at remote sites, and the need to extend SANs over long distances is becoming more critical for business continuity, disaster recovery, and compliance applications. As such, it was no surprise that a number of SAN extension vendors were active at the recent Storage Networking World (SNW) show.
Symantec CEO addresses Veritas merger
Pledging to help IT professionals spend less time fire-fighting and more time finding ways to boost the bottom line, John W. Thompson, CEO of Symantec, remarked on his company's proposed merger with Veritas at last week's Storage Networking World show.
SNIA announces progress at SNW
At this week's Storage Networking World (SNW) conference, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) is expected to announce new specifications that have just passed SNIA approval for further development. It will also provide road-map updates for the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S).
IBM, NetApp team up against EMC
Believing that there is more power in numbers, IBM and Network Appliance earlier this week announced that they have entered into a broad OEM agreement in an effort to fight mutual arch-rival EMC.
Object-based storage: Making disks smarter
Object-based storage devices (OSD) and shared file systems are the next evolution of storage technology.
Vote for the Most Valuable Products
<span style="font-style: italic; ">InfoStor</span>, in conjunction with the Association of Storage Networking Professionals (www.asnp.org), is once again co-sponsoring the Most Valuable Product (MVP) Awards.
Understanding information life-cycle management, part 2
The second article in our three-part series looks at the ILM strategies and products of EMC, Network Appliance, Veritas, and StorageTek.
The devilish details of disk-to-disk backup
Extensive testing of a variety of disk-based backup/recovery products reveals that &lsquo;to D2D or to D2D2T&rsquo; is not the only question.
Tape market WORMs its way to new growth
Companies heavily regulated by compliance legislation, such as SEC 17a-4 or the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, have an obvious interest in the addition of write-once, read-many (WORM) support by most &ldquo;super tape&rdquo; drive manufacturers.
Take a new look at data protection
A wide variety of technologies exist to help you achieve the appropriate degree, or level, of data protection.
StorageTek stresses services
Services have become an important revenue source for storage vendors over the past couple of years, a trend that research firm International Data Corp. expects will continue over the next several years.
EMC adds searching, chargeback to Centera
It&rsquo;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.
Kazeon manages unstructured data
Kazeon, a provider of unstructured information management products, previewed its upcoming product at this month&rsquo;s Storage Networking World conference The company is a two-year-old start-up in Mountain View, CA, that is backed by $17 million in funding.
iSCSI vs. FC, Windows vs. Linux
Our first shot at creating an iSCSI-based IP SAN for SMBs yields impressive results, but not without caveats.
HP to unify server and storage management
Hewlett-Packard recently announced plans to develop a unified server/storage management platform.
Disk array market shares shifting
According to estimates released last month by Gartner Inc., EMC held on to its number-one ranking in the market for external disk arrays, gaining a 2% market share on a 2003-to-2004 revenue surge of 15.5%.
Comparing Fibre Channel and Serial ATA
The goal is to gain the advantages of Fibre Channel with low-cost Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives in nearline enterprise applications as well as mainstream SMB applications.
Cisco enables fabric applications
Although third-party applications aren&rsquo;t expected for at least a few months, Cisco last month announced hardware and software that will make it easier for application vendors to port to the company&rsquo;s MDS 9000 switches to create what Cisco refers to as &ldquo;intelligent fabric applications&rdquo;
Who&rsquo;s using fabric-based intelligence, and why?
Although surveys indicate that users would prefer to run storage services (virtualization, provisioning, volume management, replication, etc.) on fabric-based switches or specialized appliances or controllers, actual adoption of this technology has been slow.