Industry News and Analysis

Nexsan unveils SATA II RAID
<B>June 29, 2005</B>—This week, Nexsan introduced the SATABoy disk array, the latest in its line of InfiniSAN storage subsystems. Notable features of the Serial ATA (SATA) II array include 2x the performance of the company's ATABoy II array, high availability, a cache mirroring ASIC, and a small form factor.
Gartner: Steady growth for storage software
<B>June 27, 2005</B>—At Gartner's PlanetStorage Summit this month, analyst Carolyn DiCenzo predicted that the storage software market will grow steadily through 2009, while retention and recovery will remain key challenges for IT professionals.
EMC extends Centera software functionality
<B>June 23, 2005</B>—When EMC's Centera content-addressable storage (CAS) system hit the market in 2002, customers tried it with single applications such as e-mail, imaging, or mainframe-based archiving print statement systems. This week, with 1,500 customers and 185 integrated applications, EMC announced several software enhancements designed to help Centera better serve as a central archive.
NetApp acquires Decru for security
<b>June 20, 2005</B>—Citing customer demand for data security, Network Appliance recently announced that it will buy Decru, a privately owned storage security company, for $272 million in cash and stock. The deal is expected to close in October. Decru's DataFort appliance encrypts data both at the perimeter and within a storage network, and it works in NAS, SAN (Fibre Channel or iSCSI), virtual tape library (VTL), and tape environments.
Availl adds twist to 'WAFS'
<B>June 20, 2005</B>—Judging from recent business activity, wide area file services (WAFS) is one of the hottest trends in the storage industry. Most recently, Cisco acquired WAFS player FineGround Systems (for $70 million)—only about a month after FineGround launched its first WAFS product, the Velocity-FS appliance. And Cisco acquired WAFS vendor Actona Technologies last year (for about $82 million).
Ellison's storage company launches
<B>June 15, 2005</B>—After nearly four years in stealth mode, Pillar Data Systems this week finally launched itself and its first product—the Axiom disk array. To date, Pillar has been known primarily as Oracle CEO Larry Ellison's storage company. Ellison's Tako Ventures, which is part of Lawrence Investments, has invested about $150 million in Pillar, making it the most well-financed storage start-up ever.
AppIQ adds modules to software suite
<B>June 14, 2005</B>—AppIQ wants to be a dominant player in the SAN management and storage resource management (SRM) space, and the company appears to have a good start. For example, the company OEMs its software through major storage vendors such as Hitachi Data Systems, Hewlett-Packard, SGI, and Sun.
<I>InfoStor</I>, ASNP announce MVP winners
<B>June 10, 2005</B>—At the Storage World Conference in Long Beach, CA, this week, <I>InfoStor</I>, in conjunction with the Association of Storage Networking Professionals ( <A HREF="http://www.asnp.org">www.asnp.org</a> ), announced the winners of the annual Most Valuable Product (MVP) awards.
IDC: Healthy growth for disk systems
<B>June 10, 2005</B>—For the eighth consecutive quarter, factory revenue for worldwide external disk storage systems has grown, according to International Data Corp.'s Worldwide Disk Storage Systems Tracker report.
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BlueArc extends software portfolio
<B>June 9, 2005</B>—With the first major software release for its Titan NAS storage systems, BlueArc hopes to break into new markets.
Njini manages unstructured data
<B>June 7, 2005</B>—At the Storage World Conference this week (June 7—;9 in Long Beach, CA), Njini introduced the first modules in its Information Asset Management (IAM) software suite. The start-up joins a growing list of vendors that are trying to help users not only better manage growing stockpiles of unstructured data, but also—and perhaps more importantly—extract business value from the data. Potential competitors include vendors such as Arkivio, Kazeon, and StoredIQ.
Sun-STK signals further consolidation
<B>June 3, 2005</B>—Since yesterday, when Sun Microsystems announced its plan to purchase StorageTek for $4.1 billion, the media and analysts have been going crazy speculating on motives and trying to foretell the future.
Hitachi ships SAS, 4Gbps FC drives
<B>June 1, 2005</B>—Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (Hitachi GST) last week began shipping 15,000rpm Ultrastar 15K147 hard disk drives with either Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) or 4Gbps Fibre Channel interfaces. The company claims to be first to market with 4Gbps Fibre Channel drives.
It&rsquo;s a long and winding road to ILM
Although end users are convinced of the benefits of information life-cycle management, they are delaying adoption until better tools become available.
Storage virtualization: An overview
A book excerpt from the recently published Storage Virtualization sets the stage for understanding and debate.
SRM: More than just reporting
Despite a 31% increase in market revenue in 2004, from $468 million to $612 million, storage resource management (SRM) remains the second-smallest-albeit the fastest-growing-segment of the overall storage management software market, according to the Gartner IT consulting firm.
SATA tops users&rsquo; &lsquo;to-buy&rsquo; list
The four hottest storage networking technologies today are Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives, virtual tape libraries (VTLs), policy-based archiving, and remote data mirroring, according to a survey of 153 storage professionals in Fortune 1000 enterprises conducted by TheInfoPro (TIP) research firm.
Most Valuable Product Awards
In conjunction with the Association of Storage Networking Professionals, <span style="font-style: italic; ">InfoStor</span> recently co-sponsored the Most Valuable Product Awards.
Montilio speeds up file servers, NAS
Start-up Montilio Inc. last month began shipments of a &ldquo;storage-to-LAN gateway&rdquo; card that the company claims can boost the performance of single-CPU file servers or NAS appliances and gateways by a factor of 3x to 6x.
Mimosa simplifies Exchange management
New software from Mimosa Systems promises to simplify the management of Microsoft Exchange servers by enabling users to address with a single tool a variety of data management issues common to MS Exchange.
From buzzword to the &lsquo;V&rsquo; word
You know a buzzword&rsquo;s in trouble when even vendors start referring to it as the &ldquo;V&rdquo; word.
HP enters new markets
At its Americas StorageWorks Conference last month, Hewlett-Packard announced the &ldquo;biggest storage launch in the history of our company,&rdquo; according to Ann Livermore, executive vice president in HP&rsquo;s technology solutions group.
EMC ships virtualization platform
At its annual Technology Summit in New Orleans last month, EMC announced that it will begin a &ldquo;controlled rollout&rdquo; of its highly publicized and widely anticipated fabric-based virtualization platform this summer.
DataCore adds virtual capacity
DataCore Software recently began shipping its SANmelody 2.0 &ldquo;disk server&rdquo; software.
Brocade partners with Tacit for WAFS
HP teams with Riverbed
Breaking through the iSCSI barriers
If IP SANs are going to enter the enterprise big leagues, iSCSI disk arrays will have to incorporate advanced technologies.
Alacritech accelerates iSCSI
Although less than 10% of all iSCSI installations use accelerator cards, according to various surveys, that hasn&rsquo;t stopped Alacritech from plowing ahead with its annual refresh of the company&rsquo;s line of iSCSI and TCP/IP accelerator cards, or controllers.
3PAR offers service level optimization
3PAR, the pioneer of thin provisioning, recently announced the availability of a Dynamic Optimization option that provides single-command, online, and non-disruptive service level optimization within the company&rsquo;s InServ disk arrays.
Veritas branches out
At its recent Vision conference, Veritas introduced some key updates to its product line and provided a glimpse into its future product plans, particularly around storage virtualization, continuous data protection (CDP), and the integration of backup with archiving.