Industry News and Analysis

Brocade branches out
<B>May 31, 2005</B>—At its Brocade Conference (June 1—;2 in Santa Clara, CA), Brocade will make three sets of product announcements, one of which indicates the company's plan to move beyond its traditional base of switches and directors.
NetEx accelerates replication
<B>May 27, 2005</B>—NetEx makes no secret of it: The data transport company, spun off from StorageTek in 1999, wants to make Fibre Channel over IP WAN technologies obsolete. Its line of attack is the release of HyperIP DRO (Data Replication Optimizer) this week, an appliance that accelerates replication over standard TCP/IP-Ethernet networks, including iSCSI-based replication products.
NetApp bolsters midrange
<B>May 25, 2005</B>—Network Appliance this week made a series of product announcements that it claims will help midrange users lower storage acquisition costs, improve resource utilization, and manage their storage environments better.
Ciena flexes networking options
<B>May 24, 2005</B>—Ciena recently announced technologies designed to help IT organizations better manage costs associated with the changing landscape of wide area networks (WANs). For users gradually migrating from higher-cost services (e.g., SONET) to lower-cost services (e.g., Ethernet), Ciena provides a service-oriented foundation for efficient network evolution.
<I>InfoStor</I>, ASNP announce MVP finalists
<B>May 23, 2005</B>—<I>InfoStor</I> and the Association of Storage Networking Professionals (ASNP) recently announced the finalists in their co-sponsored Most Valuable Product awards program. Industry analysts will determine the winner in the Most Innovative product category. The awards will be presented at the upcoming Storage World Conference, June 7-9 in Long Beach, CA.
3PAR offers service level optimization
<B>May 19, 2005</B> -- 3PAR, the pioneer of thin provisioning, this week announced the availability of a Dynamic Optimization option that provides single-command, online, and non-disruptive service level optimization within the company's InServ disk arrays.
HP enters new markets
<B>May 17, 2005</B> -- At its Americas StorageWorks Conference this week in Las Vegas, Hewlett-Packard announced the "biggest storage launch in the history of our company," according to Ann Livermore, executive vice president in HP's technology solutions group. Although the dozens of product announcements included some expected "refreshes," more notable was the company's entry into new markets with some unexpected partners, including PolyServe, Riverbed, and Sepaton.
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EMC heats up virtualization
<B>May 16, 2005</B> -- At its annual Technology Summit in New Orleans today, EMC announced that it will begin a "controlled rollout" of its highly publicized and widely anticipated fabric-based virtualization platform this summer. Analysts say EMC's entry into the market has the potential to spur end-user adoption of the technology.
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Brocade partners with Tacit for WAFS
Last week, Brocade announced a partnership with Tacit Networks, a wide area file services (WAFS) vendor. According to analysts, the move should strengthen Brocade in the competitive ring with Cisco and give Brocade an edge over McData and QLogic, two competitors yet to offer WAFS solutions.
Sun launches management software, services
As part of its quarterly Network Computing launch, Sun Microsystems recently announced the expansion of its storage acquisition model through the introduction of the Sun Java StorEdge Software and Suites and the Sun Managed Storage Services Program. These two additions build on Sun's high-end and midrange system subscription offerings.
DataCore introduces virtual capacity
DataCore Software introduced SANmelody 2.0 disk server software yesterday, which it claims "reduces the cost of enterprise-class storage capabilities down to the levels of the PC world." The software offers the benefits of virtual capacity to small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), allowing them to combine virtual servers and virtual storage in a single virtual infrastructure. DataCore claims SANmelody 2.0 results in less-costly and more-efficient storage management.
NetApp banks on VTL, buys Alacritus
Network Appliance this month is expected to finalize its acquisition of virtual tape library (VTL) vendor Alacritus Software in an all-cash transaction valued at about $11 million, a move NetApp officials say should help the company further expand its secondary, or backup, storage business.
Understanding information life-cycle management, part 3
In the last article in our series on ILM we focus on strategies/products from IBM, Hewlett-Packard, ADIC, and FalconStor.
TIP turns up the heat
We&rsquo;ve said it before, but TheInfoPro&rsquo;s surveys are the most comprehensive end-user research we&rsquo;ve seen.
Survey shows users replacing tape
Although the vast majority of all backup/recovery operations are still based on tape, the trend is clearly toward disk-based backup and recovery.
Storage&rsquo;s role in entertainment creation/distribution
Increasing resolutions, the move to digital content/distribution, video-on-demand, and digital archiving are driving the need for huge storage capacity and bandwidth.
SNIA creates security best practices
Follow these guidelines and you&rsquo;ll be on your way to secure resources, data, and media.
SNIA adds standards specifications
At last month&rsquo;s Storage Networking World (SNW) conference, the Storage Networking Industry Association announced new specifications that recently passed SNIA approval for further development, including the iSCSI Management API, Multipath Management API, and Common RAID Disk Data Format (DDF).
SANs move downstream to SMBs
Case studies illustrate why, and how, small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are adopting SANs-both Fibre Channel and iSCSI.
Kasten Chase targets CAS
Kasten Chase, a vendor of data encryption appliances for the storage market, recently extended the support of its Assurency SecureData appliance to content-addressable storage (CAS)-based data archives, citing potential security risks with this architecture.
IBM, NetApp team up against EMC
IBM and Network Appliance last month announced a broad OEM agreement designed to combat mutual arch-rival EMC, primarily in the NAS market.
How to determine server-storage ratios
A common mistake is to size the number of attached servers based upon the usable capacity of a storage device or the number of available ports.
FineGround joins WAFS pack
Next month, FineGround Inc. is expected to begin shipments of a wide area file services (WAFS) appliance, putting the company in competition with other WAFS vendors such as Cisco (via its acquisition of Actona Technologies), DiskSites, Riverbed, and Tacit Networks.
EMC software manages SAN changes
Targeting the 40% of downtime that Gartner Inc. claims is caused by operator error, EMC this month began shipping new functionality for its ControlCenter family of storage resource management (SRM) software.
Early adopters praise CDP
It has been several years in the making, but end users are beginning to embrace the concept of continuous data protection (CDP), a new category of data protection that industry experts believe has the potential to change the face of &ldquo;backup and recovery&rdquo; as we know it today.
E-mail management tops users&rsquo; priority list
In the latest end-user survey on storage management conducted by TheInfoPro (TIP) research firm, e-mail management came out on top of the &ldquo;Technology Heat Index&rdquo; ranking, which weights technologies based on users&rsquo; adoption plans and the relative amount of spending (see figure).
Debunking the on-demand storage utility
A contrarian&rsquo;s view of why the storage utility model&rsquo;s promise of on-demand provisioning may be inappropriate/contraindicated for your corporate health.
Compliance advice: Keep it simple
The vendor hype surrounding regulatory compliance is reaching a feverish pitch this year, but some vendors and consultants are advising users not to over-react.
Virtualization activity picks up
Although storage virtualization is still in its infancy, a December 2004 IT spending survey conducted by Goldman Sachs shows strong interest in the technology among Fortune 1000 companies, despite a slight dip in interest since last fall.