Industry News and Analysis

CipherMax focuses on encryption
<B>February 28, 2007</B>—CipherMax (formerly Maxxan Systems) this week introduced the CM100 family of encryption products for tape media and disk-based storage networks.
An HP-Cisco blueprint for multi-site replication.
ESG Lab validates the effectiveness of a complete business continuity solution spanning local and regional distances.
Packeteer speeds storage apps over WANs
<B>February 27, 2007</B>—Packeteer has announced a software upgrade for its SkyX Accelerator 750 WAN appliance that is intended to make better use of WAN links in support of high-capacity backup-and-disaster recovery operations.
Double-Take adds replication for virtual machines
<B>February 26, 2007</B>—Double-Take Software recently introduced new software designed to protect virtual machines in VMware ESX environments.
Managed services: Security #1, storage #2
<B>February 23, 2007</B>—According to a recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), security ranked number one in terms of users' expenditure plans on IT managed services, followed closely by storage-specific managed services.
LSI brings SAS to the channel
LSI has announced a new pricing and product strategy to help the company penetrate the Serial ATA (SATA)-oriented channel market with its Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) products.
LSI brings SAS to the channel
LSI has announced a new pricing and product strategy to help the company penetrate the Serial ATA (SATA)-oriented channel market with its Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) products.
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3PAR, Abrevity, Acopia Networks, BakBone, Front Porch Digital, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, iStor, MessageGate, NeoScale, Riverbed, StorageRep, and Symantec.
Mendocino trims down CDP
<B>February 22, 2007</B>—Recognizing that "true" continuous data protection (CDP) can sometimes be overkill, Mendocino Software has added a "near-CDP" option to its InfiniView software.
LSI brings SAS to the channel
<B>February 21, 2007</b>—LSI Logic this week announced a new pricing and product strategy to help the company penetrate the Serial ATA (SATA)-oriented channel market with its Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) products.
EMC launches entry-level Clariion
<B>February 20, 2007</B>—EMC introduced the least-expensive member of its Clariion CX line of midrange disk arrays this week with the Clariion CX3-10 UltraScale networked storage system.
Illuminator monitors data protection
<B>February 20, 2007</B>—Illuminator Inc. has unveiled its first product in the enterprise recovery management market with the launch of the Virtual Recovery Engine
Sepaton ships VTL de-dupe appliances
<B>February 16, 2007</B>—Disk-based backup vendor Sepaton has upgraded the speed and capacities of its line of virtual tape library (VTL) and data de-duplication appliances
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Abrevity, Acronis, EMC, Exanet, FalconStor, FarStone, Forsythe Solutions Group, JNetDirect, NeoScale, Network Appliance, Nexsan, Onaro, Oracle, QLogic, QStar, RSA, SCSI Trade Association, SenSage, Sonasoft, SteelCloud, Symantec, VMware, and Wasabi Systems.
Yosemite acquires CDP vendor
<B>February 13, 2007</B>—Yosemite announced today that it has acquired FileKeeper, a company that provides "near" continuous data protection (CDP) for Windows environments. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
HP enhances virtualization, security
<B>February 12, 2007</B>—Hewlett-Packard recently announced enhancements to a range of its hardware and software products in the areas of virtualization, file services, switching, and security
FC switches expected to grow at 25% CAGR
<B>February 9, 2007</B>—Although end-user adoption of iSCSI-based IP SANs is picking up steam, iSCSI doesn't seem to be negatively impacting growth in the Fibre Channel market.
Symantec debuts backup reporting tool
<B>February 8, 2007</B>—Symantec has launched a new backup reporting tool to give end users a better view and more control of day-to-day backup-and-recovery operations.
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CaminoSoft, Decru, EMC, EVault, Hi-Stor, HitachiSoft, HP, IBM, Imation, InTechnology, LeftHand, NetApp, Pointsec Mobile Technologies, QLogic, RAID Inc., RSA, and VMware.
EMC beefs up Symmetrix security
<B>February 7, 2007</B>—EMC has officially begun integrating security technology from its RSA Security division into its enterprise storage hardware with the news that stronger authentication, authorization, and audit capabilities are now native to the Symmetrix DMX-3 disk arrays.
HDS to acquire Archivas
<B>February 6, 2007</B>—Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) increased its presence in the content archiving and management market today when the company announced that it has signed a deal to acquire privately held digital archiving specialist Archivas. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
IBM upgrades Tivoli Storage Manager
February 5, 2007—IBM recently unveiled the latest version of its Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) software with an eye toward better data security,
Data classification begins to mature
<B>February 2, 2007</B>—When we profiled data-classification practices last year we found many storage professionals using data-classification products to discover what was taking up so much space on their G: drives.
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3PAR, AMCC, CAAS, Catalyst, CommVault, FalconStor, Horizon UK, IBM, Intel, Kazeon, NEC, Promark, QLogic, QStar, SNIA, Texas Memory Systems, and Wasabi Systems.
Brocade sheds light on integrated product road map
<B>February 1, 2007</B>—Now that the deal is done and Brocade has officially acquired storage networking rival McData for close to $1 billion, the company is beginning to pull back the curtain on its highly anticipated product plans and answer questions about which products will—and will not—survive the merger.
VTLs: Assess before you commit
A virtual tape library (VTL) is one way that disk can be integrated into a backup system.
VTLs and Symantec&rsquo;s OpenStorage API
The dust has settled over</b> Symantec&rsquo;s decision to provide third-party vendor access to NetBackup&rsquo;s application programming interface (API), and the virtual tape library (VTL) market appears no worse for wear despite forebodings in the press of its impending demise (this publication excluded).
User survey: ILM and data classification
In the screening survey portion of Peripheral Concepts&rsquo; recent end-user survey on information lifecycle management (ILM), which had more than 4,000 respondents, about one-third of the IT managers weren&rsquo;t sure what the term meant, and 18% knew what ILM was but didn&rsquo;t know if their company had implemented it.
Tips for e-mail management and archiving, part 2
Brian Babineau, an analyst with the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) research and consulting firm, sees two reasons why companies archive their e-mail.
The case for Service Oriented Storage (SOS)
To date, storage virtualization has been a &ldquo;promised land.&rdquo; A number of vendors offer storage virtualization engines packaged in different wrappers.
Symantec ships Storage Foundation for Windows
Symantec has taken another step on the path toward integrating all of its software management suites under one umbrella-this time in the Windows world-with the launch of the latest version of its Storage Foundation management product.
Start-up manages apps, servers, storage
Software start-up Akorri officially came on the scene last month with the launch of both the company and a new infrastructure management and monitoring tool aimed at tying applications, server, and storage management together for better control of IT environments.
Seagate acquires EVault
In an effort to expand its storage services offerings, Seagate Technology is acquiring privately held online backup-and-recovery services provider EVault for approximately $185 million in cash.
New Products
Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer?s guide for professionals.
NGDP forecast: CDT, WDS, VTL, COS
A wave of new technologies has emerged over the past few years that collectively-despite being over-hyped in some instances-appear to be poised to change how users architect their data-protection strategies.
Grassroots group addresses data protection
A new storage industry group is asking that smaller companies resolve to educate themselves about the risks of data loss and their options for data protection.
Focus on: SATA product roundup
The Serial ATA (SATA) disk drive/array interface continues to take the industry by storm due to low cost and high capacity (up to 750GB per drive).
Disk-based data protection: Trends and forecasts
According to interviews with enterprise end users, data growth, coupled with shrinking backup windows, is the main driver behind adoption of disk-based data protection.
Business Briefs
This section takes on late-breaking business and partnership news written for industry insiders.
Brocade scoops up Silverback
Continuing its slow but steady move into the iSCSI market, Fibre Channel stalwart Brocade last month acquired privately held Silverback Systems for an undisclosed amount of cash.
Backup is getting exciting, really
For years-decades, actually-backup has been one of the most boring topics in the storage industry.
Array combines virtualization, SATA II, iSCSI
In terms of storage market buzz, virtualization remains at center stage. Managing logical devices, which have no physical constraints, is much simpler and thereby incurs dramatically lower overhead costs.
2006: A year of acquisitions
Looking back, last year was marked by a relatively large number of mergers and acquisitions.
Why SMBs are embracing iSCSI SANs, part 2
When it comes to networked storage, total cost sits atop the list of buying criteria for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), followed closely by simplicity, product support, and, in some cases, the physical size of the solution, as shown in the following case studies.