Industry News and Analysis

Xyratex to acquire nStor
<B>July 28, 2005</B>—Xyratex Ltd. today announced that it plans to acquire nStor Technologies in a cash deal valued at approximately $21.2 million. Xyratex is expected to acquire all outstanding shares of nStor for $0.105 per share.
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EMC doubles capacity, bandwidth
<B>July 25, 2005</B>—EMC upped the ante in the high-end storage market Monday with the announcement of its biggest array to date. The new Symmetrix DMX-3 features twice the processing power, internal bandwidth, and storage capacity of its predecessor, the DMX-2. EMC also introduced new data migration tools aimed at helping mainframe and open systems users consolidate their storage environments.
Acopia enhances file virtualization
<B>July 22, 2005</B>—This week, Acopia Networks released version 2.0 of the operating system for its Adaptive Resource Switch (ARX) series of file virtualization switches. For the new release, Acopia enhanced global namespace capabilities and introduced non-disruptive operational fail-over between data centers, clustering for real-time load distribution, and new management tools.
Hitachi attacks midrange
<B>July 21, 2005</B>—Last week, Hitachi Data Systems announced two new product lines for the midrange market. The first line, the TagmaStore Network Storage Controller model NSC55, is a rack-mounted storage virtualization engine. The second product line includes modular storage arrays that serve as successors to Hitachi's Thunder 9500 V Series.
Kashya adds CDP to DR
<B>July 19, 2005</B>—Kashya today announced the addition of a continuous data protection (CDP) module to its KBX5000 disaster-recovery and remote replication appliance. Kashya claims that it's the only CDP solution to use intelligent fabric and policy-based protection to guard against any type of failure, including a complete site disaster. The company also claims that the KBX5000 can deliver up to 25:1 compression.
Lasso CDP targets SMBs
<B>July 18, 2005</B>—Start-up Lasso Logic today unveiled its Lasso CDP appliance, which is designed to provide real-time continuous data protection for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The PC-based appliance includes user-level data recovery, central administration, and "hands-free" local and off-site data protection, eliminating the need for data to be manually transported to remote locations.
Microsoft's DPM ready for market
<B>July 13, 2005</B>—Last week at its Worldwide Partner Conference in Minneapolis, Microsoft announced that next month it will release to manufacturing its first disk-based software solution, Data Protection Manager (DPM), which is designed to help companies reduce the time spent on data backup and recovery. Microsoft also announced the rollout of related channel training programs and marketing tools.
4Gbps FC products trickle out
<B>July 8, 2005</B>—Products based on the next generation of Fibre Channel, which has a maximum throughput rate of 4Gbps, began trickling out early this year, and a deluge is expected in the fourth quarter. But do end users need the speed? According to an InfoStor QuickVote reader survey, about a quarter of the respondents (24%) plan to upgrade at least some of their SAN components this year
Gartner: Disk array market rebounds
<B>July 7, 2005</B>—Gartner's latest report on the worldwide external controller-based (ECB) disk storage market reveals a healthy rebound in the first quarter of 2005 compared to what the research/consulting firm calls a "lackluster" performance in the second half of 2004. With an 11% increase over Q1 2004, ECB disk storage revenue totaled $3.54 billion in Q1 2005.
Diligent VTL lowers TCO
<B>July 6, 2005</B>—Proponents of disk-based backup have been trying to improve total cost of ownership (TCO) for a while now. To that end, Diligent Technologies claims to have improved TCO by reducing the amount of disk required for backups by 25x or more with its ProtecTIER platform.
NetEx accelerates replication
Network Executive Software (NetEx) makes no secret about it: The data transport company, spun off from StorageTek in 1999, wants to make Fibre Channel over IP WAN technologies obsolete.
The sun sets in Louisville (CO)
The Sun-StorageTek deal is still causing crowds at water coolers and more than a little confusion and consternation among the companies&rsquo; customers, channel partners, and financial analysts.
The benefits of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS)
One key advantage is support for both SCSI and Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives.
Sun-STK to create &lsquo;info ecosystem&rsquo;
Sun&rsquo;s conference call last month announcing its plans to acquire StorageTek for $4.1 billion-the largest acquisition in Sun&rsquo;s history-provided a 50,000-foot overview of the transaction, but since then Sun has been in a relatively quiet period between the announcement and the close of the acquisition, which is expected late summer or early fall.
SNIA adds tests for SMI-S management software
A status report on the Storage Management Initiative Specification shows steady progress on all fronts.
Signiant delivers &lsquo;active archive&rsquo;
Burlington, MA-based Signiant will enter the active archive market next month with production shipments of its ActiveArchiver software.
Njini manages unstructured data
In introducing the first modules in its Information Asset Management (IAM) software suite, start-up Njini 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.
&#x2026;but tape library market remains healthy
Despite increasing use of disk in secondary storage environments, particularly for backup/recovery, Ojai, CA-based Freeman Reports says there is little, if any, evidence of a significant shift away from tape to disk among users.
NetApp bolsters midrange
According to the META Group consulting firm, more than 70% of data-center storage requirements can be addressed by modular midrange storage arrays.
IDC: Healthy growth for disk systems
In the first quarter of this year, revenue for worldwide external disk storage systems grew for the eight consecutive quarter, according to International Data Corp.&rsquo;s <span style="font-style: italic; ">Worldwide Disk Storage Systems Tracker</span> report.
Guidelines for effective e-mail archiving
Getting control of electronic messaging involves software tools, tiered storage, and enterprise content management (ECM).
Ellison&rsquo;s storage company launches
After nearly four years in stealth mode, Pillar Data Systems this month finally launched itself and its first product-the Axiom disk array.
Do you need fabric-based intelligence?
The first article in a two-part series examines the potential benefits of running storage applications in fabric devices.
Brocade branches out
Brocade recently signaled its intention to move beyond its switch and director focus with two announcements that fall under the new Tapestry product line umbrella.
Availl adds twist to &lsquo;WAFS&rsquo;
Judging from recent business activity, wide area file services (WAFS) is among the hottest trends in the storage industry.
AppIQ adds modules to software suite
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.
User support for D2D rising&#x2026;
A recent <span style="font-style: italic; ">InfoStor</span> reader survey appears to back vendor claims that disk-based backup has shed its &ldquo;early adopter&rdquo; status and is being more broadly implemented by users to protect growing data volumes.