Industry News and Analysis

Data Domain DD400 Series
Hands-on testing of the Data Domain DD400 series disk-to-disk backup appliances.
Storage heavyweights form open source group
<B>October 28, 2005</B>—An IBM-lead group of nine storage hardware and software vendors surprised attendees at the Storage Networking World conference this week when they announced a plan to form a non-profit, open source community aimed at developing a heterogeneous, standards-based common storage management platform.
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EMC 'validates' CDP
<B>October 24, 2005</B>—At the Storage Networking World conference in Orlando this week, EMC will introduce an information protection strategy with a trio of products that form the company's new recovery management software portfolio. At the forefront of the announcements is EMC's first foray into continuous data protection (CDP). Joining the lineup are Backup Advisor monitoring/reporting software and enhancements to Legato NetWorker that will include integration with the CDP software.
Silverback enters iSCSI HBA market
<B>October 21, 2005</B>—Silverback Systems, known primarily as a chip vendor, plans to use next week's Storage Networking World conference in Orlando to make its entry into the nascent market for iSCSI host bus adapters (HBAs). The company will compete with existing iSCSI accelerator board vendors such as Adaptec, Alacritech, Intel, and QLogic.
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BridgeHead expands in the US
<B>October 19, 2005</B>—UK-based BridgeHead Software brought its HT FileStore software to the US this week. HT FileStore is a policy-based, multi-platform storage management module that fits into BridgeHead's HT ISM (Integrated Storage Management) suite, which addresses backup, archival, replication, and media management.
QLogic to acquire Troika
<B>October 18, 2005</B>—In an indication that fabric-based storage virtualization may be moving downstream into the SMB market, QLogic today announced that it will acquire Troika Networks for $36.5 million in cash. Troika makes storage virtualization platforms that host applications from vendors such as StoreAge Networking Technologies, including backup, replication, mirroring, snapshots, and volume management applications that are sold as the SAN Volume Suite (SVS).
Adaptec fires SAS volley
<B>October 18, 2005</B>—A number of Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) product announcements are expected to trickle out at next week's Storage Networking World (SNW) conference in Orlando, but Adaptec beat the rush this week by announcing seven SAS products, including a host bus adapter (HBA), two controllers, an enclosure, two external subsystems, and software. And as with all SAS products, they support both SAS and Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives. Shipments are slated for the middle of next month.
CA acquires e-mail management company
<B>October 17, 2005</B>—Computer Associates today announced the acquisition of iLumin Software Services, a privately held software vendor that sells message management and archiving software. The acquisition is intended to extend CA's "intelligent storage management" (ISM) capabilities by adding cross-platform e-mail security, archiving, management, and data protection to CA's BrightStor product line.
Sun sketches post-acquisition strategy
<B>October 14, 2005</B>—Six weeks after it closed the $4.1 billion acquisition of StorageTek, Sun Microsystems is hinting at how it plans to become a major player in the storage industry. Security, sales, and support top the company's post-acquisition "to-do" list.
CentrePath unfolds data path management software
<B>October 13, 2005</B>—CentrePath this week made its data path management technology available as a standalone software package. The Magellan DataPath Manager was formerly offered only as part of the company's remote management services.
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NetApp to OEM Kazeon ILM appliance
<B>October 12, 2005</B>—Kazeon today announced an agreement with Network Appliance to integrate Kazeon's information classification and management technology with NetApp's storage systems. NetApp will OEM Kazeon's Information Server 1200 (IS 1200), placing it on the NetApp price list by year-end and eventually giving it the NetApp logo.
IBM updates SVC with replication
<B>October 10, 2005</B>—IBM today announced a series of storage and server virtualization products, including the availability of the eighth release of its TotalStorage SAN Volume Controller (SVC) virtualization appliance with a new set of replication services for heterogeneous storage.
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Adaptec casts off systems business
<B>October 7, 2005</B>—With the familiar refrain of "Concentrate on core competencies" in the background, Adaptec this week announced that it will divest its systems-level businesses and concentrate on its RAID controller and adapter product lines, most notably those based on Serial ATA (SATA) and Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) components and related software.
Xiotech offers entry-level SAN
<B>October 6, 2005</B>—Xiotech continued its push into the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market this week with the introduction of an entry-level clustered SAN—the Magnitude 3D 3000e. Although the 3000e has a capacity of 19.2TB, customers can upgrade to the Magnitude 3D 3000s or 3000x, which scales up to 76.8TB, without interruption as their capacity needs grow.
ASNP user case study: Chevron upgrades SAN with tiered storage
<B>October 5, 2005</B>—Four tiers of storage range from high-end disk arrays to low-cost tape libraries for archiving
NAS virtualization simplifies file management
NAS virtualization is an emerging technology that can solve the major problems that users have identified with complex NAS environments.
Taking the right steps toward ILM
Information life-cycle management is a process that involves capturing, classifying, storing, protecting, accessing, and destroying information.
Symantec joins growing CDP field
Aiming to ease the management burden of embattled Windows administrators, Symantec launched a pair of backup-and-recovery products and for the first time entered the world of continuous data protection (CDP).
SAN array supports IP and FC
MPC&rsquo;s DataFRAME 420, with software from LeftHand Networks, unifies Fibre Channel and iSCSI SAN technologies, eliminates single points of failure, and creates a single point of management.
Online backup/recovery
Laura Hunter, senior IT specialist at the Student Financial Services office of the University of Pennsylvania, realized she had a problem the minute she saw the fire trucks outside her downtown Philadelphia office.
NBA Entertainment: It&rsquo;s NAS- and SAN-tastic
The NBA&rsquo;s new IT infrastructure relies on NAS and custom software, with plans to move to a SAN and shared file system.
IP Storage: State-of-the-market report
The Storage Networking Industry Association&rsquo;s IP Storage Forum provides a market overview, with a focus on iSCSI-based IP SANs.
Continuous data protection: Is it about time?
With the emphasis rapidly shifting from backup to restore, CDP-whether &ldquo;periodic&rdquo; or &ldquo;constant&rdquo;-can meet your RTO and RPO goals.
IBM delivers file-based CDP
IBM recently made its first foray into the continuous data protection (CDP) market with the release of IBM Tivoli Continuous Data Protection for Files software, which was known as VitalFile in the beta program.
HP expands data protection, archiving
Resells MS DPM for &lsquo;near CDP&rsquo;
Fujitsu runs virtualization on Brocade switch
<B>October 4, 2005</B>—Fujitsu Computer Systems and Brocade today announced that Fujitsu will begin shipping in December its Eternus VS900 storage virtualization solution running on Brocade's SilkWorm Fabric Application Platform (SilkWorm Fabric AP). The SilkWorm Fabric AP is an intelligent SAN switching platform designed to support SAN-based applications for storage environment management and administration.
Evaluating continuous data protection (CDP)
An analysis of continuous data protection explains what it is, how it works, why you need it, and what&rsquo;s available.
EMC rounds out virtualization
Rainfinity buy provides NAS virtualization
Do SAS-based SANs make sense?
There is a growing debate over a new way to build SANs using Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) as a fabric interconnect.
Data is baggage: Travel light
Take steps to radically reduce the amount of data you have to lug around.
The ABCs of CDP
As you read this, we&rsquo;re probably sweating it out in Orlando at the semi-annual Storage Networking World extravaganza.