Industry News and Analysis

Copan doubles MAID capacity
<B>April 28, 2006</B>—Implementing 500GB drives, Copan has doubled the capacity of its Revolution 220 series of massive array of idle disks (MAID) virtual tape and archiving subsystems. Total capacity of the arrays has increased from 224TB to 448TB per cabinet, yielding up to 44TB per square foot with a power consumption increase of less than 10%.
XOsoft upgrades DR software
<B>April 28, 2006</B>—XOsoft announced this week the latest release of its disaster-recovery software, WANSync v4.0. The release features a reconfigured management and deployment module, support for Linux and 64-bit computing, continuous data protection (CDP) support for Unix, support for Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS), and automatic Blackberry configuration.
EMC ships availability software
<B>April 27, 2006</B>—EMC began the next phase of its information lifecycle management (ILM) plan this week at its annual EMC World conference when the company unveiled a pair of network monitoring and application analysis tools aimed at improving uptime and efficiency in storage networks.
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Adva Optical Networking, Bell Microproducts, Brocade, Confio Software, IBM, McData, MRV Communications, Network Appliance, Pillar Data Systems, Revivio, Rorke Data, Silverback Systems, Texas Memory Systems, and Xyratex.
Storage highlights from NAB
<B>April 26, 2006</B>—Storage vendors hoping to cash in on the high-capacity, high-speed video/media/entertainment market used this week's National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in Las Vegas to roll out a wide variety of new products. Here's a sampling from the show floor.
IBM to offer compression with DB2
<B>April 25, 2006</B>—IBM announced this week that it will include mainframe-like compression technology with its upcoming DB2 "Viper" data server. Code-named "Venom," the compression technology is designed to reduce storage hardware costs and usage by 50% to 70%. In addition, new automatic storage management capabilities will improve memory bandwidth and CPU performance for DB2 customers, according to IBM officials.
HDS adds disk-less controller
<B>April 24, 2006</B>—Today, Hitachi Data Systems introduced a controller-only version of its TagmaStore Network Storage Controller model NSC55, which allows midrange customers to take advantage of features such as virtualization without having to invest in more storage. The NSC55 disk-less version retains the features of the original NSC55, but does not offer any additional enhancements.
MVP Awards finalists selected
<B>April 21, 2006</B>—Finalists for the annual Most Valuable Product (MVP) awards, which are co-sponsored by <I>InfoStor</I> and the Association of Storage Networking Professionals (ASNP), were selected today in seven product categories.
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The latest storage news on Bell Microproducts, CA, Double-Take Software, EMC, FalconStor, Front Porch Digital, GlassHouse Technologies, Infortrend, Myricom, Nimbus Data Systems, RAID Inc., Rorke Data, VMware, Volicon, and Xyratex.
Seagate extends perpendicular recording
<B>April 20, 2006</B>—Targeting the increased performance and capacity requirements of enterprise environments, Seagate this week introduced its latest hard drive, which is based on perpendicular recording technology. The Cheetah 15K.5 packs up to 300GB—double the capacity of its predecessor—and provides up to a 30% increase in performance.
EMC Invista
Invista uses intelligent storage switches and heterogeneous storage to provide fast and non-disruptive virtualization, migration, and copy services.
Scentric emerges from stealth mode
<B>April 19, 2006</B>—Start-up Scentric officially emerged from stealth mode today to announce its first line of information and data management products under its flagship solution, Scentric Destiny. The Alpharetta, GA-based information classification and management (ICM) vendor has spent the past 18 months developing what it believes will up the ante among competitors in the emerging market of data classification and policy-based data movement.
Marathon extends HA software
<B>April 18, 2006</B>—This week, Marathon Technologies introduced EverRun HA, high-availability software that uses a virtualization architecture as an alternative to traditional clustering and fail-over. The software is built on the same platform as Marathon's EverRun FT (formerly FT Virtual Server) continuous availability software, but is designed for a wider market at a lower total cost of ownership (TCO).
EMC expands VTL offerings
<B>April 17, 2006</B>—EMC is bringing virtual tape library (VTL) technology to the entry-level and branch-office market by adding the DL210 to its Clariion Disk Library (CDL) line of VTL appliances. The company also launched the fourth generation of its CDL management platform, and expanded support for tape libraries and backup software. EMC first introduced the CDL line two years ago with the DL700 enterprise-level VTL appliance.
Microsoft upgrades Windows Storage Server
<B>April 14, 2006</B>—The recent Storage Networking World conference played host to the long-awaited launch of Microsoft's Windows Storage Server 2003 R2, the second incarnation of the company's popular storage operating platform, which includes a long list of new storage management features.
SRM vendors add business analytics
<B>April 13, 2006—</b>Storage resource management (SRM) tools were fairly limited in their abilities back when they hit the scene in the open systems world a few years ago. In their infancy, SRM tools were about discovery, topology mapping, and quota management. Then came automated policies and broader support for heterogeneous platforms.
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The latest storage news on Bantam Electronics, Breece Hill, Crossroads Systems, Data Gentry, EVault, FalconStor, LSI Logic, Maxtor, Microsoft, and Reldata.
Case Studies: Content-addressed storage (CAS)
<B>April 11, 2006</B>—It is safe to assume that when any new storage technology hits the streets it's typically followed by a parade of naysayers and detractors and a subsequent battle among vendors over where, when, and how it should be used. But one storage technology appears to be bucking the trend: Content-addressed storage (CAS) systems have for the most part not created excessive hype or hot debates. They just work.
LTO library aimed at SMBs
<B>April 10, 2006</B>—Exabyte introduced the Magnum 224 LTO Ultrium tape library today, which is aimed at meeting the data-protection needs of small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and remote offices of larger enterprises. The Magnum 224 adds an LTO tape library alternative to Exabyte's VXA drives and autoloaders, which are also aimed at SMBs.
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The latest storage news on 3PAR, Avamar, Brocade, Decru, Digi-Data, FalconStor, Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Ltd., Hosted Solutions, LogLogic, Mendocino, Meridian IT, Microsoft, Network Appliance, Promise Technology, QLogic, Quantum, Sun Microsystems, Sybase, TimeSpring Software, Topio, and WysDM Software.
Intel to sell entry-level EMC arrays
<B>April 7, 2006</B>—EMC and Intel joined forces this week at the Storage Networking World conference in San Diego, surprising the crowd with an announcement of a new OEM partnership under which Intel will sell entry-level disk arrays based on EMC's recently launched Clariion AX150 systems.
Virtualization slowly makes inroads
Despite all the hype and debate, storage virtualization is not a priority for more than half of the end users recently surveyed by TheInfoPro research firm.
Tiered storage is only one part of ILM
Information lifecycle management (ILM) requires tools for tasks such as information classification, data classification, and data movement in conjunction with a tiered storage architecture.
The changing face of data protection
The emphasis is shifting from backup to recovery, and technologies such as CDP can help users meet RTO/RPO goals.
Tape virtualization has many faces
Understanding the different choices you have is key to determining which technology best fits your needs, and in what situations.
Onaro widens its view into SANs
Onaro recently beefed up its predictive change management and monitoring software for SANs with the addition of replication and performance monitoring tools.
Oh, what a tangled web they weave
Hewlett-Packard&rsquo;s acquisition of OuterBay, a database archiving software vendor, comes as yet another example of two accelerating trends: IT-vendor portfolio conglomeration and portfolio entanglement.
Microsoft acquires iSCSI software
Microsoft last month acquired iSCSI target software from start-up String Bean Software and plans to offer the technology as an add-on to the Windows Storage Server 2003 R2 platform.
Making sense of CDP
Does CDP stand for continuous data protection, or confusion delays proliferation?
McData consolidates remote office data
McData recently announced a new set of partnerships, products, and services as part of a strategy to give large enterprises a better handle on centrally managing corporate data in remote office locations.
IBM launches 4Gbps FC arrays
IBM continued on its quest to refit its entire storage subsystem line with 4Gbps Fibre Channel technology this month by upgrading its midrange disk systems and launching new offerings for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
IBM adds software for SMBs
IBM has begun shipments of the IBM Tivoli Express Portfolio, a set of software products designed to enable small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) to manage their IT infrastructure with integrated features usually found in more expensive &ldquo;enterprise&rdquo; products.
Focus on: Midrange tape trends
LTO has captured the lion&rsquo;s share of the midrange tape market, but users don&rsquo;t buy based on market share.
EMC adds eDiscovery services
EMC recently unveiled its eDiscovery solution, which combines services with EMC software and hardware to collect and hold information relative to litigation.
Do you need a 4Gbps FC SAN?
PCI-X and PCI Express versions of QLogic&rsquo;s 4Gbps SANblade HBAs yield impressive performance results.
CDP: Confusion delays proliferation
Our Special Report this month (see &ldquo;Making sense of CDP,&rdquo; p. 24) explores continuous data protection, which is actually a very good phrase to describe a backup/recovery technology that continuously records data changes and enables uses to &ldquo;roll back&rdquo; to any point in time for very granular recovery-sort of like TiVo.
Brocade branches out
Buys NuView; adds 4Gbps FC switches
What&rsquo;s hot? D2D, data reduction, data classification
Disk-to-disk (D2D) backup and recovery, data reduction, and ILM-based data classification are relatively new technologies that will eventually become mainstream.