Industry News and Analysis

Server virtualization drives cross-domain management
<B>September 28, 2007</B>—Server virtualization has proven itself to be a great change agent for wringing out costs and consolidating physical server infrastructure for greater operating efficiencies.
ONStor upgrades clustered NAS
<B>September 27, 2007</B>—ONStor this week announced that it is riding the wave of growth in file data into new markets. The company has added an enterprise-class system to its line of clustered NAS solutions
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Asigra, ExaGrid, Hifn, MSP Alliance, NeoScale, Woven Systems, and XiloCore.
ExaGrid doubles de-dupe performance
<B>September 26, 2007</B>—ExaGrid Systems has upgraded its disk-based backup appliance by packing twice the performance, more network connections, and more storage capacity into a system that takes up half the space of previous models.
EVault unveils recovery platform
<B>September 26, 2007</B>—EVault, a Seagate company, this week introduced the Unified Recovery platform, which is powered by the company's InfoStage 6.0. The platform is joined by two other new features—backup-and-recovery Software as a Service (SaaS) and a set of new delivery options.
Opsware debuts storage automation software
<B>September 25, 2007</B>—Last week was a big one for Opsware. Just days after announcing the availability of its first full-fledged automated storage management product, Hewlett-Packard followed with the news that its $1.6 billion acquisition of Opsware was complete.
Application-aware data protection: Databases
<B>September 24, 2007</B>—Although disaster recovery (DR) and data protection require cross-IT coordination and planning, the accountability and responsibility for implementing DR and data protection frequently fall to the storage team.
EMC adds automated management software
<B>September 21, 2007</B>—EMC continued to expand its portfolio of management software this week when the company announced four new products for automating network management, storage provisioning, application compliance, and performance reporting in the data center.
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Arrow ECS, BlueArc, Copan Systems, Emulex, Fibre Channel Industry Association, Hewlett-Packard, Hitachi Data Systems, Hitachi Ltd., iStor Networks, Microsoft, NTP Software, QLogic, Riverbed Technology, Sun Microsystems, and Voltaire.
HP ships 'Shorty' blade server
<B>September 20, 2007</B>—Hewlett-Packard is out to bring blades to the masses with an all-in-one system complete with server, storage, networking, and data protection in an enclosure about the same size as a desk-side PC.
Adaptec launches iSCSI arrays
<B>September 19, 2007</B>—Adaptec recently introduced the Snap Server 700i series of iSCSI storage appliances, hoping to differentiate the arrays from competitors largely on the basis of price/performance.
Data Domain DDX: Scalable Protected Storage
ESG Lab performed hands-on evaluation of Data Domain's DDX deduplicating protection storage array.
NEC ships system for backup, archive
<B>September 18, 2007</B>—End users in search of a way to consolidate backup and archive data onto a single system may be in luck.
TMS to ship 'cached flash' drives
<B>September 17, 2007</B>—Texas Memory Systems today announced a device that combines high-speed double data rate (DDR) solid-state disk (SSD) technology with lower-cost flash memory
ESG Insight: IT's new 'dirty little secret'
<B>September 14, 2007</B>—About five years ago, I wrote an article in the print version of <I>InfoStor</I> exposing one of IT's now-infamous dirty little secrets. Backup and recovery, as it was done then, was grossly inefficient, and IT was fully aware of it.
Dell adds iSCSI disk array
<B>September 14, 2007</B>—Adding to its Dell/EMC AX150i line of iSCSI disk arrays (and causing a bit of confusion over the relative positioning of its IP SAN arrays), Dell this week introduced the iSCSI-based MD3000i.
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Avnet, Bell Micro, Brocade, DataCore, Enhance Technology, InMage Systems, iStor Networks, Matrox Video Products Group, Moonwalk, Ness Technologies, Overland Storage, SiliconSystems, The Lauffin Group, VMware
NetApp midrange arrays support SAS
<B>September 13, 2007</B>—Network Appliance redoubled its efforts in the midrange market this week with the announcement of a pair of new "unified storage" appliances, an expansion of its partnership with IBM, and new services.
Product highlights from VMworld
<B>September 12, 2007</B>—Over the past several days we've been reporting on some of the storage-related product announcements at, and immediately prior to, the VMworld show in San Francisco this week.
LeftHand demos virtual iSCSI SAN
<B>September 11, 2007</B>—Continuing the stream of storage-related announcements at the VMworld show in San Francisco this week (which we'll recap on Wednesday), LeftHand Networks demonstrated its Virtual SAN Appliance (VSA) for VMware ESX Server,
VMware beefs up DR management
<B>September 10, 2007</B>—VMware will kick off its annual VMworld user conference this week with some new additions to its server virtualization platform, including an automated disaster-recovery tool, a virtual desktop infrastructure manager, and a next-generation hypervisor
EMC extends de-dupe to VMware
<B>September 7, 2007</B>—EMC this week announced a pair of new products designed to simplify the management of backups in virtual environments.
Start-up takes on Amazon S3
<B>September 7, 2007</B>—When start-up Nirvanix decided to develop a business-to-business storage delivery service (SDS), it considered the Amazon S3 storage service as its major competitor.
FalconStor unveils virtual CDP for VMware
<B>September 6, 2007</B>—FalconStor Software has come up with a new way to protect both physical and virtual machines in VMware environments with the introduction of the Continuous Data Protection (CDP) Virtual Appliance for VMware.
NetApp files suit to stop Sun's use of ZFS
<B>September 5, 2007</B>—Network Appliance fired a shot across Sun Microsystems' bow today when the company announced it has filed suit in an attempt to prevent Sun from distributing and commercializing its Zettabyte File System (ZFS) technology.
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3PAR, AccessFlow, Adaptec, BlueArc, Brocade, Emulex, IBM, Index Engines, Infortrend, Mimosa Systems, Oracle, PAC Data, Sans Digital, Storewiz, STORServer, Storwize, The Newman Group, VMware, and Xyratex.
Onaro tackles capacity/provisioning management
<B>September 4, 2007</B>—Onaro today added three new products to its SANscreen management software suite: SANscreen Capacity Manager 1.0, SANscreen Provisioning Manager 1.0, and a tool called Application Dashboard.
Open-source backup coming of age
Enterprise data centers are usually joined at the hip to high-priced, feature-heavy backup software.
Trends in RAID drives, interfaces, controllers
This year marks the 20<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the publication of the paper that launched the RAID revolution in the storage industry.
Thin provisioning, clusters, e-mail, and open-source backup
By now, the benefits of thin provisioning are clear- reducing physical storage requirements, cost savings, better capacity utilization, and even improved application performance.
Thin provisioning goes mainstream
By now, the benefits of thin provisioning are clear- reducing physical storage requirements, cost savings, better capacity utilization, and even improved application performance.
Symantec ships next-gen SRM software
Symantec recently released the next generation of its Veritas CommandCentral storage resource management (SRM) software, with added support for both physical and virtual environments, advanced process automation and reporting features, and increased scalability.
Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer?s guide for professionals.
De-dupe tops users&rsquo; to-do list
The latest study from TheInfoPro (TIP) research firm has revealed that data de-duplication is the top storage technology in the adoption plans of Fortune 1000 organizations, while the same enterprises say data archiving and archive management issues are keeping their storage professionals up at night.
HP buys Opsware for $1.6 billion
Hewlett-Packard is expected to complete its acquisition of data-center automation software vendor Opsware next month in a deal that was valued at approximately $1.
Focus On: E-mail management and archiving
The center of gravity for e-mail archiving is shifting from the IT server room to the boardroom via the courtroom, and the technologies and business processes associated with e-mail archiving are shifting as well.
Clustered file storage is enterprise-ready
clustered storage is an idea whose time has finally come. For the past decade, the concept of a &ldquo;pay-as-you-grow&rdquo; resource with unlimited scalability has been an elusive vision of end users and vendors alike.
Cisco unites virtual resources
Cisco recently introduced a slew of new products for managing virtualized server and storage resources, including new fabric switches, encryption features, a data migration tool, and VFrame Data Center-an appliance that automatically configures and provisions shared pools of virtualized server, storage, and network resources.
Caringo upgrades CAS software
Start-up Caringo recently rolled out the second version of its CAStor content-addressed storage (CAS) software with new local and wide area replication features and better performance and expectations that its software can change end-user perceptions of not only CAS technology, but also the entire concept of information lifecycle management (ILM).
This section takes on late-breaking business and partnership news written for industry insiders.
agami targets SMBs with iSCSI-NAS combo
agami Systems is taking its unified NAS and IP SAN technology downstream with a new storage system designed for small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), claiming enterprise-class features and performance at an entry-level price.
WAFS influences data-center design
The surface benefits of deploying integrated wide area file services (WAFS) and WAN acceleration/optimization products are apparent.