Industry News and Analysis

Pillar adds management software
<B>July 31, 2006</B>—Pillar Data Systems is adding a new set of management features to its software suite to provide better management for its "all-in-one" SAN and NAS tiered storage systems, including support for virtual tape, a new continuous data protection (CDP) option, and secure write-once, read-many (WORM) technology.
SAS rollouts pick up steam
By now, all storage integrators and users are familiar with the benefits of the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface: It has better performance scalability than its parallel SCSI predecessor, it's simpler to integrate and, perhaps most importantly, users and integrators can configure SAS systems with either SAS or Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives.
SAS-SATA rollouts accelerate
Adapters, controllers, and subsystems based on the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interface-the successor to the venerable parallel SCSI interface-are rolling out in production volumes, and SAS-based servers are available from vendors such as Hewlett-Packard and IBM.
SATA, SAS drive toward the enterprise
Serial ATA (SATA) disk drives are taking the enterprise by storm, winding up in places for which SATA was not originally intended. Simultaneously, several vendors are enhancing SATA to make it robust enough for enterprise-level requirements, most notably in the areas of performance, reliability, and availability.
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. 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.
The Latest Storage News-261034
3PAR, ATTO Technology, Avamar, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, IBM, Mercury Interactive, and Sun.
CommVault, NetApp team for SMB backup and recovery
<B>July 26, 2006</B>—CommVault announced this week that Network Appliance has added CommVault's Galaxy Express software to the NetApp StoreVault S500, a network storage appliance for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). Galaxy Express adds long-term data protection and off-site archive and compliance features to the StoreVault S500, which runs NetApp's StoreVault Snapshots and SnapRestore on NetApp's Data ONTAP operating system.
Case study series: Part 3 of 3—Users embrace D2D
<B>July 25, 2006</B>—Often touted as a nearline source of affordable disk storage, SATA-based storage subsystems are cropping up at a number of sites as a source for both disk-based backup data and data being migrated "downstream" from primary storage as part of an information lifecycle management (ILM) strategy.
Case study series: Part 2 of 3—Users embrace D2D
<B>July 24, 2006</B>—Phil Jay, a senior network technician at the Gates Chili School District, in Rochester, NY, is quite happy with the 20:1 backup compression rates offered by his ExaGrid NAS-based InfiniteFiler system, which includes a SATA-based Intelligent Data Repository.
Case study series: Part 1 of 3—Users embrace D2D
<B>July 21, 2006</B>—When disk-to-disk (D2D) backup first became part of the storage industry lexicon, a portion of intrepid users volunteered to put the first wave of disk-based backup products through its paces. Still, others decided to wait and see how this emerging technology would ultimately play out.
The Latest Storage News-260450
BakBone Software, BiTMICRO Networks, COPAN Systems, Helio Solutions, Infortrend, Kilopass Technology, Microsoft, NetApp, Texas Memory Systems, and ViON.
Introducing the file area network (FAN), part 2
<B>July 19, 2006</B>—<I>An article we posted recently on the emerging concept of file area networks, by the Taneja Group's Brad O'Neill, generated a lot of interest. So we asked Brad to expound further on the topic. Here's a longer version of the article that we originally posted on June 27, 2006</I>.
Data reduction, VTLs, CDP drive NGDP
<B>July 17, 2006</B>—The traditional IT data-protection model is being slowly ripped apart as three key emerging software technologies drive a shift to next-generation data protection (NGDP). These technologies are data reduction, virtual tape libraries (VTLs), and continuous data protection (CDP).
EMC falls short in Q2
<B>July 14, 2006</B>—Although EMC posted gains in every area of its business in Q2, Joe Tucci, EMC's president and CEO, is very disappointed that his company "didn't live up to EMC standards." EMC's $2.57 billion consolidated revenue in the second quarter fell $90 million short of predictions. Tucci said in a conference call that the major factor affecting earnings in the second quarter was a wrong mix of in-factory inventories—specifically with Symmetric DMX systems.
Opsware acquires Creekpath for SRM
<B>July 14, 2006</B>—Another storage resource management (SRM) software vendor is being snapped up in an acquisition, but this time it's not one of the big storage vendors doing the buying. Opsware, a server and networking automation software maker, announced this week that it has signed a deal to acquire Creekpath Systems and its SRM technology for $10 million. The acquisition is expected to close in early August.
The Latest Storage News-259871
Adaptec, Bell Microproducts, Compellent, Diligent, EMC, Emulex, Fujitsu Ltd., Gear6, Hitachi Data Systems, Huawei-3Com, iVivity, KOM Networks, Microsoft, Njini, Northern, Seagate, Silverback Systems, and Xyratex
CA acquires XOsoft
<B>July 12, 2006</B>—Yesterday, CA announced that it has made another acquisition—this time data-protection vendor XOsoft. The acquisition will allow CA to round out its line of ARCserve backup and restore products with replication, high-availability, and continuous data protection (CDP) functionality from XOsoft. At least two industry analysts applaud the acquisition—albeit with a few caveats.
Cisco breathes life into InfiniBand
<B>July 11, 2006</B>—The industry has been extolling the benefits of InfiniBand as a next-generation data-center interconnect for years, but the technology has experienced fits and starts due to management complexity and lack of user interest. Cisco believes that is all about to change.
Diligent ProtecTIER
ESG Lab validated that ProtecTIER dramatically reduces backup to disk capacity using fast and scalable data de-duplication technology and that VTL emulation works seamlessly with existing backup infrastructure.
Idealstor releases CDP for Windows
<B>July 10, 2006</B>—Idealstor has added continuous data protection (CDP) for Windows servers to the 4.0 version of its Ibac data-protection software. Released today, Ibac 4.0 continuously backs up systems at the byte level and allows users to recover lost or corrupted data from any point in time.
Overland ships entry-level LTO systems
<B>July 7, 2006</B>—On Monday, Overland Storage will introduce a new series of entry-level tape automation products targeted at small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs). The first models in the ARCvault family will include a 12-cartridge autoloader and a 24-cartridge library with up to 19.2TB of capacity.
NetApp delivers hybrid array for SMBs
<B>July 6, 2006</B>—Network Appliance is looking to become a major player in the small and medium-sized business (SMB) market, and it's betting that a new hybrid storage system will get it into the game.
The Latest Storage News-259429
Attune Systems, Emulex, Exabyte, IBM, Infortrend, Microsoft, NetApp, Onaro, and the Storage Networking Industry Association.
Survey reveals virtualization, iSCSI plans
<B>July 5, 2006</B>—According to a recent survey of IT operations managers conducted by Citigroup, about 40% are evaluating and/or testing storage virtualization products. And not surprisingly, most of the companies kicking the tires are large enterprises, where the cost savings benefits of virtualization will be most pronounced.
EMC to buy security vendor RSA
<B>July 3, 2006</B>—EMC last week announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire data security software maker RSA Security for approximately $2.1 billion.
Iron Mountain combines backup, encryption
<B>July 1, 2006</B>—Iron Mountain Digital, the technology arm of Iron Mountain Inc., has combined its backup software product, Connected Backup/PC, and its data-protection solution, DataDefense, into a new marketing strategy called the PC Data Protection Suite.
Is server virtualization the &lsquo;killer app&rsquo; for 10GbE?
The transition to 10Gbps Ethernet will enable IT organizations to realize the full potential of virtualization.
Storage management fundamentals
Storage management can loosely be divided into categories such as SRM, SAN management, data management or HSM, and ILM.
Storage implications of 10GbE
10Gbps Ethernet isn&rsquo;t required for NAS and iSCSI-based IP SANs, but adoption of the high-speed networking technology may spur further adoption of-and applications for-those storage technologies.
Sepaton de-dupes data
Sepaton is continuing its quest to make disk-based backup cost- competitive with traditional tape libraries with the introduction of its DeltaStor software for the company&rsquo;s S2100-ES2 Virtual Tape Library (VTL) appliance.
New Products
Dell recently began shipping new disk, tape, and storage management solutions in addition to introducing the ninth generation of its PowerEdge servers.
NetApp launches HPC OS
When Network Appliance acquired Spinnaker Networks in late 2003 it had plans to merge its own Data ONTAP operating platform with the global namespace and clustering capabilities of Spinnaker&rsquo;s SpinFS software.
Making the transition to SATA, SAS
One of the key advantages of Serial ATA (SATA) and Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) is that they were designed to work together.
Lack of apps hinders intelligent switching
Intelligent switches have long been the harbinger of a new wave of storage management applications, and the idea of putting applications such as virtualization, replication, and data migration in the fabric has been generally accepted by the industry as the smart way to go.
HP VTLs aimed at SMBs
Hewlett-Packard recently began shipments of virtual tape libraries (VTLs) and a range of data-protection hardware and software products aimed at the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market.
Intel reinvests in networked storage
Intel&rsquo;s presence in the data storage industry has always been an enigma. The chipmaker has dabbled in the development of storage technologies here and there with an eye toward improving its own processors, but the company has often been content to sit on the sidelines while the storage vendors play the game.
IBM upgrades virtualization platform
IBM last month rolled out the fourth version of its flagship storage virtualization platform.
Hitachi&rsquo;s CAS takes on EMC&rsquo;s Centera
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) last month announced a content addressed storage (CAS) solution designed to compete directly with EMC&rsquo;s Centera CAS platform.
From SANs to FANs
The creative thinkers at the Taneja Group research and consulting firm may have outdone themselves recently with the creation of their latest acronym-FAN, or file area network.
Evaluating data encryption options
In May, the names and Social Security numbers of 26.5 million US veterans were stolen from a Veterans Affairs&rsquo; data analyst when his home computer was snatched during a burglary.
Enterprise search meets data archiving
The continued rise of information lifecycle management (ILM) and data retention requirements handed down from the folks in Washington have served as a catalyst for the crossbreeding of enterprise IT technologies-namely, a steady stream of enterprise search companies partnering with storage vendors to help classify, index, and retrieve archived information.
Data reduction, VTLs, CDP drive NGDP
Technologies such as data reduction, virtual tape libraries (VTLs), and continuous data protection (CDP) are fueling the trend toward next-generation data protection (NGDP).
Business Briefs
EMC recently acquired Newton, MA-based ProActivity Software Solutions Ltd., a privately held provider of content management software for business process management (BPM).
Automating information lifecycle management (ILM)
Areas to focus on include data classification, auditing and tracking, decision-making, and moving and copying.
User survey reveals ILM reality
IT professionals have varying views on what information lifecycle management is, and what benefits (and drawbacks) it brings.