Industry News and Analysis

The Latest Storage Briefs
ASACA, Brocade, Data Domain, Diligent, DISC, DSM, Emulex, HP, Hitachi Data Systems, Hyland Software, Infortrend, KOM Networks, Microsoft, NeoScale Systems, Nth Generation, Pillar Data Systems, Princeton Softech, Seagate Technology, Sierra Logic, Sony Electronics, StoneFly Networks, and XOsoft.
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ASACA, Brocade, Data Domain, Diligent, DISC, DSM, Emulex, HP, Hitachi Data Systems, Hyland Software, Infortrend, KOM Networks, Microsoft, NeoScale Systems, Nth Generation, Pillar Data Systems, Princeton Softech, Seagate Technology, Sierra Logic, Sony Electronics, StoneFly Networks, and XOsoft.
3PAR targets midrange
<B>August 30, 2006</B>—;3PAR Data is shrinking its disk systems to fit departmental, replicated site, and remote data center deployments with this week's debut of the InServ E200 Storage Server, a midrange complement to the company's high-end InServ S400 and S800 arrays.
ONStor takes a shot at NetApp
<B>August 29, 2006</B>—Known primarily as a vendor of NAS gateways, ONStor this week introduced its first complete NAS system, dubbed Pantera. Built on the company's Bobcat NAS gateway architecture, Pantera adds Dot Hill disks arrays with two classes of drives.
SGI adds SAS disk arrays
In an indication that the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) disk-drive interface is ready for prime time, SGI has become one of the first disk-systems vendors to ship SAS-based storage arrays. (Hewlett-Packard is also shipping SAS systems.) SGI also added an entry-level 4Gbps Fibre Channel array to its roster of RAID arrays.
Nexsan teams with Reldata
<B>August 28, 2006</B>—Today, Nexsan and Reldata unveiled a unified SAN/NAS system that allows users to run NAS, iSCSI SAN, or both types of storage approaches at the same time. The combination of Nexsan's SATABoy disk array and Reldata's 9200 IP Storage Gateway is designed for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and companies with large, distributed, or rapidly growing file and block data volumes.
IBM launches storage blitz
<B>August 24, 2006</B>— IBM this week announced what it billed as the largest expansion of its storage product line in years, including two new models of its flagship DS8000 enterprise storage arrays, new connectivity and drive options, and products based on its partnership with Network Appliance.
SGI adds SAS disk arrays
<B>August 24, 2006</B>—In an indication that the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) disk-drive interface is ready for prime time, SGI this week became one of the first disk-systems vendors to ship SAS-based storage arrays. (Hewlett-Packard is also shipping SAS systems.) SGI also added an entry-level 4Gbps Fibre Channel array to its roster of RAID arrays.
C2C launches e-mail archiving suite
<B>August 24, 2006</B>—C2C is a UK-based company that has been quietly operating two U.S. offices in Massachusetts since 2001. The company is making some noise now in order to grow its US presence. Last week, C2C introduced its Archive One software, a message-management suite designed to help IT managers manage e-mail archiving, search and discovery, and mailbox capacity.
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Abrevity, Adaptec, Decru, Fast, Fibre Channel Industry Association, Fujitsu-Siemens, LSI Logic, NetApp, Nexsan, ONStor, PAC Data, PeakData, Pegasus, Permabit, Riverbed, SBE, Serial ATA International Organization, and ZipLip.
Storage service providers rise from the ashes
August 23, 2006 In the late 1990s, the storage service provider (SSP) market emerged with tremendous fanfare. Numerous SSP startups (with significant venture capital backing) appeared almost overnight, and traditional outsourcers were just as quick to add storage services to the menu. The prevailing wisdom of the time suggested that enterprises would enthusiastically embrace outsourcing as a way to control the spiraling costs of increasing storage demand.
Symantec extends archiving software
<B>August 21, 2006</B>—Symantec today shipped Enterprise Vault Discovery Accelerator 6.0, an extension of the company's Enterprise Vault e-mail and file archiving software. Discovery Accelerator is designed to help businesses and government organizations comply with the e-discovery requirements amended to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (Civil Rule 5), which are scheduled to take effect on December 1, 2006
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.
Analyst View: Examining I/O performance issues
<B>August 18, 2006</B>—It should come as no surprise that businesses continue to rely upon larger amounts of disk storage and higher I/O performance, which feed the hungry needs of applications striving to meet SLAs and QoS objectives. Even with efforts to reduce storage capacity or improve capacity utilization with information lifecycle management (ILM), applications leveraging rich content will continue to consume more storage capacity and require additional I/O performance.
NeoScale, Sepaton lock down VTL data
<B>August 17, 2006</B>—Disk-based backup specialist Sepaton has inked a deal with security vendor NeoScale Systems to bring data encryption and key management technology to Sepaton's virtual tape library (VTL) appliance.
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Asigra, Attune Systems, DoubleTake, EMC, EqualLogic, Ibrix, Integrated Mass Storage Systems, Isilon, Level Platforms, Microsoft, Riverbed, Sepaton, and TimeSpring
Mimosa adds e-discovery
<B>August 16, 2006</B>—Mimosa Systems this week announced that it has added e-discovery and regulatory compliance options to the 2.0 version of its NearPoint for Microsoft Exchange software. The base product already included features such as continuous data protection (CDP), archiving, auditor roles, and disaster recovery.
Sun ships midrange arrays
<B>August 15, 2006</B>—Sun Microsystems' acquisition of StorageTek recently bore new fruit in the form of a new family of modular midrange disk arrays—the Sun StorageTek 6140 and 6540.
Start-up offers free iSCSI target software
<B>August 14, 2006</B>—One of the nice things about iSCSI-based IP SANs is that they're relatively inexpensive. In fact, some of what you'll need is free. The most notable example is Microsoft's free, downloadable iSCSI Software Initiator code.
IBM to buy ECM vendor
<B>August 11, 2006</B>—IBM is making a bid for a piece of the enterprise content management (ECM) pie with the acquisition of FileNet, a publicly held company based in Costa Mesa, CA, for approximately $1.6 billion. The deal, announced yesterday, is expected to be finalized later this year and could lead to a bigger effort by IBM in the object-based storage market.
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Decru, Dot Hill, Front Porch Digital, Kazeon, NeoScale, PacketLight, Peer Software, Sepaton, Stratus Technologies, Symantec, Tzolkin Corporation, Value Added Distributors Ltd., and Xiotech.
Brocade to buy McData
<B>August 9, 2006</B>—Brocade made a bold move this week and narrowed the playing field in the storage networking market when the company announced its plans acquire chief rival McData. According to some analysts, the effects of the acquisition will be far reaching and could serve as a catalyst for the development of network-based storage intelligence and end-user adoption of iSCSI technology.
The case for storage virtualization
<B>August 9, 2006</B>—The concept of storage virtualization has been around for a number of years, but until recently it had not gained widespread acceptance. As with many innovative concepts, it takes time for companies to become comfortable with the idea of placing another device into the heart of the data path between their storage devices and their servers.
IBM rounds out 4Gbps arrays
<B>August 8, 2006</B>—IBM completed fitting its midrange storage systems with 4Gbps Fibre Channel connectivity this week with the launch of a new entry-level array and a round of hardware and software upgrades for its System Storage DS4000 family of disk arrays.
Data classification is the key to ILM
<B>August 7, 2006</B>—Information lifecycle management (ILM) is the policy-driven process of managing information as it changes value throughout the full range of its lifecycle, from conception to disposition. For ILM to become a reality, however, businesses must classify the data they need to manage.
Lab Review: Compellent's Storage Center
<B>August 4, 2006</B>—Neither Moore's Law—processing price/performance doubles every 18 months—nor Shugart's Law—magnetic storage price/bit halves every 18 months—shows any sign of being repealed in the foreseeable future. Meanwhile, IT budgets for capital and operational expenses are experiencing a modest 3% overall growth, leaving IT administrators to leverage Moore's and Shugart's Laws to gain operational cost savings.
HP previews hybrid array
<B>August 3, 2006</B>—Hewlett-Packard plans to re-double its efforts in the storage market for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) later this year with a new line of hybrid systems that promise block-based (SAN) and file-based (NAS) storage with integrated data protection in one box.
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AMD, Dynamic Solutions, EMC, Emulex, FalconStor, HP, IBM, Ingram Micro, Intelligent Technology Systems, MaXXan Systems, Mendocino Software, Mocha Data, Permabit, PlateSpin, QLogic, Sandpiper Data Systems, Solix, Strategic Storage Solutions, VeriStor Systems, and Wipro Technologies.
IBM brings CDP to SOHOs
<B>August 1, 2006</B>—Continuous data protection (CDP) technology was arguably the most hyped storage software innovation of 2005, but once reality set in CDP quickly went from being a must-have product to something enterprise users expect to be offered as a standard feature of any backup/recovery product.
NetApp targets SMBs with hybrid array
Network Appliance is looking to become a major player in the small and medium-sized business (SMB) market, and it&rsquo;s betting that a new hybrid storage system will get it into the game.
Trends in the SMB storage market
In many ways, small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have the same storage requirements as larger enterprises.
Tape advances in capacities, transfer rates
Tape&rsquo;s role may be shifting from backup and recovery to archiving, but that hasn&rsquo;t stalled technology innovations.
Opsware buys Creekpath for SRM
Another storage resource management (SRM) software vendor has been snapped up in an acquisition, but this time it wasn&rsquo;t one of the big storage vendors doing the buying.
New Products
Overland Storage has introduced a new series of entry-level tape automation products targeted at small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
New FC standards on the horizon
Although alternative disk drive interfaces such as SATA and SAS, and alternative SAN protocols such as iSCSI, tend to get more ink these days, Fibre Channel is holding its own in the disk drive market and still rules the SAN space.
Business Briefs
Microsoft has acquired Winternals Software LP, a privately held company based in Austin, TX, that provides Windows-based enterprises with systems recovery and data-protection solutions in addition to offering a freeware tools Website called Sysinternals.
It's a great time to be an SMB
A lot of InfoStor&rsquo;s readers qualify as small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and if you&rsquo;re in that camp you&rsquo;re lucky, because virtually every storage vendor has set its sights on this market.
EMC to buy security vendor RSA
EMC is in the process of acquiring data security software maker RSA Security for approximately $2.1 billion.
Cisco breathes life into InfiniBand
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.
CA acquires XOsoft
CA recently completed yet another acquisition-this time data-protection vendor XOsoft.
Aperi group loses Sun, moves ahead
There is dissension within the ranks of the Aperi group, an open source storage management initiative and community started last October by IBM and a handful of other major storage vendors.
Analyzing scalable NAS architectures
There are many ways to manage NAS capacity growth while meeting performance requirements.
Welcome to the file area network (FAN)
A FAN combines and integrates a wide variety of technologies, enabling IT organizations to get a grip on file-level management and control.