Industry News and Analysis

Gear6 touts storage caching appliances
<B>September 1, 2007</B>—Start-up Gear6 claims to have the cure for I/O bottlenecks between servers and storage often found in high-performance computing (HPC) environments.
LBD: Bigger sectors for better disks
<B>August 29, 2007</B>—Seven years of committee work has resulted in the International Disk Drive, Equipment and Materials Association (IDEMA) approval of a new standard expanding the basic block size of a disk drive for the first time in more than 30 years.
agái Information Server
ESG Lab performed hands-on evaluation agámi Information Server (AIS) - an enterprise-class integrated storage system supporting NAS and iSCSI.
IBM unveils iSCSI array for SMBs
<B>August 28, 2007</B>—IBM added to its portfolio of low-end storage arrays with the recent debut of the System Storage DS3300, an IP SAN system for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) in search of an alternative to DAS.
Moonwalk improves restore window
<B>August 27, 2007</B>—Moonwalk, the Australian developer of data management and protection software, today unveiled the 6.0 version of its eponymous software,
Quantum adds 'global' management tool
<B>August 24, 2007</B>—Quantum this week introduced its StorageCare Vision monitoring and management software, which works with the company's iLayer tape automation management tools and StorageCare Guardian backup monitoring application.
SNIA survey spotlights archiving crisis
<B>August 23, 2007</B>—The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) claims that the industry is on the verge of a crisis. According to a recent SNIA survey of archive practitioners, long-term data-retention technologies and practices are not up to snuff, and digital information is in serious jeopardy of being lost over time.
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BlueArc, CommVault, Digi-Data, Digitiliti, Diligent Technologies, IBM, Interwoven, QLogic, Storage Elements, Tech Data, Vivisimo, and Wasabi Systems.
Aptare adds capacity planning
<B>August 22, 2007</B>—Software start-up Aptare is remaking its backup reporting and predictive analysis software into a platform for overall storage reporting.
Veritas SFW, part 2
Rapid storage growth has left many data centers grappling with multiple pools of "virtual" storage volumes from multiple vendors.
Veritas SFW, part 1
The latest version of Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows -- provides system administrators with a common set of tools that works across all storage devices
Clustered file storage is enterprise-ready
<B>August 17, 2007</B>—Clustered storage is an idea whose time has finally come. For the past decade, the concept of a "pay-as-you-grow" resource with unlimited scalability has been an elusive vision of end users and vendors alike.
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ATTO Technology, Autodesk, CaminoSoft, Emulex, GlassHouse Technologies, Index Engines, Intransa, RenewData, and Xyratex.
The benefits of data footprint reduction
<B>August 15, 2007</B>—Organizations of all sizes are generating and depending on larger amounts of data that must be readily available and easily accessible. This growth in data results in an ever-increasing data footprint: More data is being generated, copied, and stored for longer periods of time.
MonoSphere extends support for NetApp
<B>August 13, 2007</B>—Fresh on the heels of fleshing out its management software to include enhanced support for EMC environments, MonoSphere has done the same for Network Appliance users with the release of Storage Horizon 3.4,
Focus On: E-mail management and archiving
<B>August 10, 2007</B>—For several years, the growth of unstructured content has been substantially more rapid than structured information.
Sun adds Solaris-based VTL
<B>August 9, 2007</B>—Sun Microsystems has added to its virtual tape lineup with the launch of the Sun StorageTek Virtual Tape Library (VTL) Value System, a Solaris-based VTL for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
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Data Management Institute, DataCore Software, IBM, NovaStor, Onaro, Princeton Softech, Prosoft Engineering, QStar, SANZ, Solunet Storage, SPADAC, Toigo Partners International, and Zend Technologies.
Quantum StorNext
StorNext is a self-archiving, self protecting shared file system with a built-in policy engine for automated, cost-effective file archival.
agami targets SMBs
<B>August 8, 2007</B>—agami Systems is taking its unified NAS and IP SAN technology downstream with a new storage system designed for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs)
F5 to buy Acopia for file virtualization
<B>August 6, 2007</B>—The recent wave of market consolidation continued today when F5 Networks announced a deal to acquire file virtualization vendor Acopia Networks for $210 million.
Open-source backup coming of age
<B>August 3, 2007</B>—Enterprise data centers are usually joined at the hip to high-priced, feature-heavy backup software. For large data centers, this arrangement works quite well:
Asigra targets VMs with 64-bit software
<B>August 2, 2007</B>—With all the companies scrambling to virtualize their servers onto fewer physical machines, Asigra says it has the answer to the complications that result from backing up the virtual machines.
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Application Performance, Asempra, Brocade, CommVault, EncryptX, ERA, Esteem, Exanet, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Incentra Solutions, Incentra Solutions, Network Appliance, ONStor, Posetiv, ProStor Systems, Silver Peak Systems, and Symantec.
Symantec upgrades SRM software
<B>August 1, 2007</B>—Symantec today announced the next generation of its Veritas CommandCentral storage resource management (SRM) software
LeftHand enhances thin provisioning
<B>August 1, 2007</B>—Enhanced thin provisioning is among the 20 new features added to Version 7 of LeftHand Networks' SAN/IQ software.
NetApp offers any-to-any replication
Network Appliance is repackaging and customizing its data-replication technology for mixed-vendor storage environments in the hopes that the software&rsquo;s ability to move data to and from any vendor&rsquo;s storage system will spawn new sales of NetApp hardware for use as secondary storage.
Under the hood: Veritas SFW, part 1
The latest version of Veritas Storage Foundation for Windows-5.0-provides system administrators with a common set of tools that works across all storage devices, providing services such as automated storage provisioning, high availability, volume virtualization, and disaster recovery.
To blade, or not to blade?
The idea behind blade computing is a good one: Strip out and share key components such as power, cooling, and storage across multiple servers; reduce costs; and simplify the IT infrastructure.
The real state of SRM, part 3
Having examined the storage resource management (SRM) market in general, this article focuses on some of the leading products in the space and what differentiates them from their competitors.
Quantum to debut de-dupe options
Quantum has announced plans to extend its family of disk-based backup and replication appliances by adding an enterprise-class version of its DXi system with more capacity, performance, and multiple options for policy-based data de-duplication.
Priming the storage security pump
The storage security market is at an inflection point similar to the inflection point that disaster-recovery and business continuance technologies went through earlier this decade.
Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer?s guide for professionals.
iSCSI vs. FCoE?
iSCSI&rsquo;s long-standing battle with Fibre Channel for control of the heavyweight SAN belt is far from over, but iSCSI may meet another foe within the next year or two.
Making the case for FCoE
Quantum has announced plans to extend its family of disk-based backup and replication appliances by adding an enterprise-class version of its DXi system with more capacity, performance, and multiple options for policy-based data de-duplication.
HP revamps EVAs, adds LTO-4
Hewlett-Packard used its annual Americas StorageWorks Conference earlier this summer as a launching pad for new models of its Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) systems, a new family of tape drives based on the LTO-4 format, new DAT tape drives, and a first-of-its-kind tape blade developed specifically for HP&rsquo;s BladeSystem c-Class enclosures.
EMC overhauls hardware platforms
EMC announced a slew of performance, security, and capacity upgrades across its entire family of hardware platforms today, including new versions of its Symmetrix arrays, an enhanced operating system, a more energy-efficient version of the Centera platform, and entry-level versions of its Celerra NAS products and Rainfinity file virtualization appliances.
De-dupe market primed for takeoff
Industry analysts and storage vendors have been heralding data de-duplication as one of the hottest technologies to hit the storage industry for more than a year.
CommVault upgrades data-protection software
CommVault has unveiled a major new release of its flagship data-protection software suite with the launch of Simpana 7.
This section takes on late-breaking business and partnership news written for industry insiders.
BC planning software on the rise
Disaster-recovery (DR) planners and storage managers play a key role in getting an organization&rsquo;s technology assets up and running after an outage, but IT is often out of the loop when it comes to people, facilities, and other non-electronic resources.
VTL adoption and market trends
It was just about five years ago that the industry first started talking in earnest about open-systems virtual tape libraries (VTLs).