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EMC debuts software for Exchange
<B>September 30, 2005</B>—EMC this week introduced Storage Administrator for Exchange software for mid-sized enterprises (MSEs) and small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The product works exclusively with EMC's Clariion AX and CX series networked storage systems and is designed to simplify Microsoft Exchange storage administration tasks and improve e-mail availability.
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Microsoft outlines future storage plans
<B>September 29, 2005</B>—Microsoft officially made its System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM) software available to the general public this week in an anti-climactic product launch announced at the Storage Decisions Conference in New York. However, well aware that the details of DPM have been widely known for some time, Microsoft used its presence at the conference to hint at its storage product plans through 2007.
Cisco moves utility computing into the fabric
<B>September 28, 2005</B>—Cisco today announced the availability of a new InfiniBand-based Server Fabric Switch (SFS) portfolio and VFrame 3.0 data-center virtualization software, both aimed at boosting Cisco's presence in the utility computing market and moving the utility concept from arrays into the network.
Symantec enters 'CDP' fray
<B>September 27, 2005</B>—Symantec today launched a pair of backup-and-recovery products and for the first time entered the continuous data-protection (CDP) arena.
Tacit, Packeteer link WAFS, WAN optimization
<B>September 26, 2005</B>—Tacit Networks and Packeteer today announced a strategic alliance enabling joint customers to consolidate and centralize e-mail, Web servers, and file servers at corporate data centers while delivering optimal application performance to branch-office users. Tacit Networks specializes in wide area file services (WAFS) technology while Packeteer is a WAN application optimization company.
Mendocino releases CDP software
<B>September 26, 2005</B>—Mendocino Software today announced RecoveryONE, block-based recovery management software that the company claims will return any application, database, or file system to any previous point in time or process. RecoveryONE is continuous data protection (CDP) software that will be distributed later this year by two unnamed "major vendors," one of which is rumored to be EMC.
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Double-digit growth for disk arrays
<B>September 23, 2005</B>—Gartner's latest report on the worldwide external controller-based (ECB) disk storage market reveals that most major storage vendors experienced double-digit growth in the second quarter of 2005. According to the report, which compares Q2 2005 to Q2 2004, the only major vendor that did not experience double-digit growth was Sun Microsystems, with a 6.7% decline.
EMC adds snapshots, hints at CDP
<B>September 22, 2005</B>—EMC this week introduced snapshot support for RepliStor 6.1, a data-replication product brought into its portfolio from the Legato acquisition. EMC claims 20,000 customers use RepliStor. The enhancement supports Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS), enabling users to create and recover multiple point-in-time copies of file system and application data.
ONStor, 3PAR team for utility storage
<B>September 21, 2005</B>—Integrating their products in the field as needed, ONStor and 3PAR heard requests from their common customers for more comprehensive integration. Yesterday, the two vendors announced UtiliCat, a utility-class, unified storage system that handles both file (NAS) and block (SAN) data.
TelCove adds storage services
<B>September 20, 2005</B>—TelCove, a provider of telecommunications services, this week introduced three new storage service additions to its OnNet portfolio. TelCove's E-Vaulting, Remote Shared Storage, and IP Storage Transport services expand the company's business continuity/disaster recovery (BC/DR) services announced earlier this year.
HP to acquire AppIQ, Peregrine
<B>September 19, 2005</B>—Hewlett-Packard today announced its intention to acquire two software vendors, moving the company closer to its goal of "holistically" managing data center from IT resources up to business processes. AppIQ has agreed to be acquired by HP for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter.
Do SAS-based SANs make sense?
<B>September 19, 2005</B>—There is a growing debate over a new way to build SANs using Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) as a fabric interconnect. The technology exists and does have potential benefits, but there is some question as to whether end users really need yet another type of storage-network fabric.
Revivio expands CDP
<B>September 16, 2005</B>—On Monday, at <I>Disaster Recovery Journal</I>'s Fall World 2005 conference, Revivio will make the first of two continuous data protection (CDP)-related announcements planned for this month. The company's CPS Replication Module, to be released on Monday, gives users the ability to instantly restore data at two or more disparate geographic locations.
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Netgear launches Zetera-based IP storage
<B>September 14, 2005</B>—Netgear's release this week of Storage Central is the first commercial offering of Zetera's Z-SAN Storage-over-IP (SoIP) technology. While Storage Central is targeted at the consumer and SOHO markets, both Bell Microproducts and StorCase will introduce similar products for the small to medium-sized business (SMB) and small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) markets in the late November timeframe.
SAN sales soft, but 2H looks bright
<B>September 13, 2005</B>—According to a recent report from the Dell'Oro Group research firm (<B><a href="http://www.delloro.com">www.delloro.com</a></B>), sales of SAN components such as switches and host bus adapters (HBAs) were soft in the second quarter (the most recent period for which figures are available), but a variety of factors point to an upbeat second half of the year.
Quantum ships SDLT/LTO libraries
<B>September 12, 2005</B>—Quantum today announced availability of its new PX500 series tape libraries. The announcement is part of a three-month product and technology launch that the company claims will be the largest in its history. In August, Quantum announced its SuperLoader 3 tape autoloader, and within six weeks it will introduce a new line of disk-based systems.
NuView adds D2D recovery tool
<B>September 9, 2005</B>—This week, NuView announced its Data on Demand Manager (DDM), a data recovery tool that rounds out the company's portfolio of data management solutions. DDM is designed to decrease the recovery time objective (RTO) for disk-based backups.
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EMC #1 in NAS, but...
<B>September 7, 2005</B>—According to recently released figures from International Data Corp. (IDC), EMC held on to the top position in NAS revenues in the second quarter of this year, with $191 million in worldwide revenues—up 16.9% from the second quarter of 2004. Network Appliance came in second, with $167 million in NAS revenues, up 6.5% from Q2 2004.
HP expands data protection and archiving
<B>September 6, 2005</B>—At the Storage Networking World Europe trade show today, Hewlett-Packard announced five new data-protection and archiving products and services.
CA enhances management suite
<B>September 5, 2005</B>—Computer Associates tomorrow will announce the availability of BrightStor r11.5, an integrated set of modular storage management solutions designed to help users manage and protect information and storage assets while aligning with their business objectives.
Vendors try out VDS at Microsoft plugfest
<B>September 2, 2005</B>—More than 20 storage vendors were in Redmond, WA, this week at the Microsoft Virtual Disk Service (VDS) 1.1 plugfest. VDS 1.0 was first introduced along with Windows Server 2003, and 1.1 is now in beta with general availability expected by year-end.
DataCore enables iSCSI remote boot
<B>September 1, 2005</B>—DataCore Software and emBoot introduced a solution this week that allows administrators to remotely boot Windows servers off an iSCSI-based IP SAN using standard Ethernet network interface cards (NICs). The combination uses DataCore's SANmelody or SANsymphony software along with emBoot's netBoot/i software and eliminates the need for local, internal disk drives.
Overland to enter primary storage market
Overland Storage recently acquired Zetta Systems, a privately held developer of real-time data-protection software.
Users tier storage for ILM
In an earlier report on the progress of information life-cycle management (ILM) initiatives in IT organizations, a few users and analysts were quick to note one obstacle to more widespread ILM adoption.
Storage requirements for digital content
Higher-resolution content is driving the need for huge storage capacities and high-speed bandwidth.
Storage propels the creative process
With SANs and NAS, studios are addressing the unique requirements of digital content creation.
SRM vendors focus on breadth of support
As opposed to adding advanced features such as automated management, vendors are concentrating on expanding their support for heterogeneous platforms and specific applications.
Shared file systems enhance postproduction
Advanced file systems solve some of the problems associated with digital intermediate (DI) environments and postproduction workflow inefficiencies.
Seagate, WD improve SATA drives
Seagate and Western Digital recently began production shipments of Serial ATA (SATA) drives designed for non-desktop applications.
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In the second part of a two-part series, we look at content-addressed storage (CAS) products from some of the founding members of the CAS community.
Movies mean more than megabytes
Periodically, we step outside our mainstream IT storage milieu and take a look at the unique storage requirements of specific vertical industries.
NeoPath, Acopia upgrade NFM
NeoPath Networks and Acopia Networks recently added features to their network file management (NFM) product lines.
Hitachi attacks the midrange&#x2026;
Hitachi Data Systems recently began shipping two new product lines for the midrange market.
EMC takes the high road&#x2026;
This month, EMC upped the ante in the high-end storage market with shipments of its biggest array to date.
Do you need RAID 6?
Particularly if you use Serial ATA (SATA)-based disk arrays, you may be a candidate for RAID 6, which provides an added level of data protection versus more-conventional RAID configurations such as RAID 5.
CDP: What it is, and why you need it
The Storage Networking Industry Association&rsquo;s CDP group defines continuous data protection and explains the potential benefits.
&#x2026;and IBM eyes SMBs
IBM last month set its sites on the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market with three product introductions.
Xyratex acquires nStor
Xyratex Ltd. is nearing completion of its acquisition of nStor Technologies in a cash deal valued at approximately $21.2 million.