Industry News and Analysis

Brocade debuts file virtualization box
<B>March 31, 2008</B>—Brocade has announced a new twist on its file virtualization technology in the form of the Brocade File Management Engine (FME), a 2U in-band network appliance that automates the movement and management of file data in Windows environments.
Symantec updates Storage Foundation for Windows
<B>March 28, 2008</B>—In keeping with its plans to be first out of the gate with software support for Windows Server 2008, Symantec has announced the newest versions of its high-availability storage and server management software—Veritas Storage Foundation 5.1 High Availability for Windows, and Veritas Cluster Server 5.1 for Windows.
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Atlantic Data Team, ATTO Technology, BladeLogic, BMC Software, Brocade Communications Systems, CommVault, Gear6, Hifn, Incentra Solutions, Nirvanix, 3Tera
PMC-Sierra intros controller-based encryption
<B>March 26, 2008</B>—PMC-Sierra recently announced the availability of a new controller-based encryption product family that can be deployed in existing Fibre Channel, SAS, or SATA storage systems and encrypt data without affecting performance
Gear6 offers entry-level caching appliance
<B>March 25, 2008</B>—Gear6 recently introduced the CACHEfx G100, a trimmed-down version of its centralized caching appliance designed to extend the reach of its products into new environments by making the technology more affordable.
Sun expands open archiving products
<B>March 21, 2008</B>—Sun Microsystems has introduced a slew of new products designed to store, manage, and secure data for long-term archiving.
BlueArc doubles performance of high-end NAS systems
<B>March 20, 2008</B>—BlueArc has once again doubled the size and speed of its high-performance network-attached storage (NAS) systems with the launch of the Titan 3000 series—the newest addition to the company's line of unified storage systems for file services consolidation.
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Avnet Technology Solutions, Brocade, Enhance Technology, ExaGrid Systems, InMage Systems, IntelliMagic, Microsoft, Network Equipment Technologies, Nexsan, Oracle, PC Mall, QLogic, Virtual Iron Software, VMware
HDS beefs up search for NAS, archiving platforms
<B>March 19, 2008</B>—In an effort to navigate the tricky task of searching and retrieving unmanaged data in the data center, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has introduced a file and content services product
Pillar streamlines storage provisioning for virtual environments
<B>March 18, 2008</B>—In an effort to overcome performance and capacity utilization problems associated with deploying traditional storage systems in support of virtual server environments, Pillar Data Systems has introduced a set of pre-configured application profiles
Neterion virtualizes server-to-storage I/O with 10GbE adapters
<B>March 17, 2008</B>—Neterion, a maker of 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) adapters, has announced a new line of 10GbE adapters designed to bridge the gap between servers and storage in virtual environments.
PivotStor launches e-mail archiving appliances
<B>March 14, 2008</B>—Start-up PivotStor this week took the wraps off an e-mail archiving/management appliance that it hopes to differentiate from multiple vendors' point products with an "all-in-one" bundled configuration
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3PAR, Citrix, DataCore, Dynamic Network Factory, FalconStor Software, Freescale Semiconductor, Hifn, HP, Moose Logic, Nth Generation, Total Tec Systems, VMware, and Xiotech.
Hifn debuts triple-function de-dupe cards
<B>March 13, 2008</B>—Hifn this week announced the addition of two members in its Express DR family—the Express DR 250 and DR 255. Besides encryption and compression, the cards include hardware-accelerated data de-duplication.
Cleversafe commercializes open source storage
<B>March 12, 2008</B>—The Cleversafe project was launched on the campus of the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) as an open-source storage initiative with one goal: creating a "storage Internet."
The IBM DS8000: Enterprise Class Performance and Functionality
This ESG Lab Validation report examines the enhanced performance and virtualization capabilities of the IBM Systems Storage DS8000 Series.
Lab Review: 8Gbps FC SAN delivers blazing speed
<B>March 11, 2008</B>—At most small to medium-sized business (SMB) sites, Fibre Channel-based SANs have long been viewed as complex and costly solutions that could be avoided by using direct-attached storage (DAS).
HP ships 8Gbps FC SAN kit
<B>March 10, 2008</B>—Hewlett-Packard today announced a new StorageWorks Simple SAN Connection Kit based on 8Gbps Fibre Channel switches and host bus adapters (HBAs) from QLogic.
Exanet scales clustered NAS
<B>March 7, 2008</B>—Exanet this week announced upgrades to its product line—now dubbed ExaStore 2008 Clustered NAS System—that increase the scalability of the systems and software in terms of both capacity and performance.
Storage announcements from CeBIT
<B>March 7, 2008</B>—The sprawling CeBIT show is taking place this week in Hannover, Germany, and show organizers claim 5,845 exhibitors from 77 countries. Here's a sampling of storage-related news from the show:
Brocade acquisition adds virtualization services
<B>March 6, 2008</B>—Brocade this week announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Strategic Business Systems (SBS), a privately held provider of IT professional services.
8Gbps FC SAN delivers blazing speed
<p>At most small to medium-sized business (SMB) sites, Fibre Channel-based SANs have long been viewed as complex and costly solutions that could be avoided by using direct-attached storage (DAS). That perspective has been reinforced by the ease-of-use of Microsoft Windows Server, which has left many SMB sites operating with a minimal IT staff. Worse yet, those same SMBs are highly risk averse when it comes to anything that appears to be a disruptive upgrade.</p>
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3PAR, CD-adapco, CipherMax, Emulex, FalconStor, Front Porch Digital, HighPoint, Infineon,iStor, LSI,Microsoft, open-E, Panasas, QLogic, and VMware.
HP ships low-cost SAN array
<B>March 5, 2008</B>—Hewlett-Packard took a long look at its family of Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA) midrange SAN systems and decided that the low end of the EVA line was missing the mark when it came to the cost and ease-of-use requirements of medium-sized businesses.
EMC upgrades CDP, launches VTL for mainframes
<B>March 4, 2008</B>—EMC has announced two additions to its data-protection portfolio, including a new version of its RecoverPoint network-based replication and continuous data protection (CDP) software and its first virtual tape library (VTL) system built specifically for IBM zSeries mainframe environments.
Start-up to offer SSDs for enterprise arrays
<B>March 3, 2008</B>—The argument against deploying solid-state disk (SSD) devices on a large scale has always been one of cost, but there is a start-up with a plan to put a new class of high-performance SSD storage devices into enterprise storage arrays at a price that competes with that of traditional hard disk drives.
HP first to ship 8Gbps QLogic gear
<p>Hewlett-Packard recently began shipping a new StorageWorks Simple SAN Connection Kit based on 8Gbps Fibre Channel switches and host bus adapters (HBAs) from QLogic.</p>
Who needs 8Gbps Fibre Channel?
<p>Every time the storage industry reaches a new milestone in interface performance, I question whether engineering excellence has outstripped end users&rsquo; actual requirements.</p>
VTLs with de-dupe produce real ROI
<p>The rapid maturation of virtual tape library (VTL) technology&ndash;specifically, the integration of data de-duplication into many of the systems&ndash;is elevating VTLs from platforms for speeding backup-and-restore operations into a source of significant cost savings in the data center.</p>
The quest for unified storage management, part 1
<p>In April 2005, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) held a press conference to announce the results of a conformance testing program focused on its Storage Management Initiative&ndash;Specification (SMI-S).</p>
The benefits of clustered block storage
<p>Clustered storage offers advantages in both performance and scalability, but users need to evaluate three different architectures.</p>
Storage solutions for fast-paced studios
<p>Digital content creation studios have unique requirements when it comes to their storage infrastructures.</p>
<p>Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer&rsquo;s guide for professionals.</p>
Evaluating options for file system software
<p>Options include single-instance file systems and distributed file systems&ndash;both federated and clustered.</p>
HDS launches pre-configured VTLs
<p>Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) has quietly made a name for itself in the virtual tape library (VTL) market by selling custom VTL systems with data de-duplication capabilities to enterprise customers.</p>
FalconStor ships clustered VTL with de-dupe
<p>FalconStor Software has released the next generation of its virtual tape library (VTL) product, this time with an eye toward enterprise environments in need of scalable VTLs with global data de-duplication.</p>
Emulex delivers 8Gbps FC HBAs
<p>Emulex has begun shipments of 8Gbps Fibre Channel host bus adapters (HBAs)&ndash;effectively doubling the I/O performance of existing HBAs&ndash;to its OEMs.</p>
EMC unveils SaaS strategy
<p>EMC launched a new strategy for delivering software-as-a-service (SaaS) with the introduction of a new online backup-and-recovery service dubbed MozyEnterprise.</p>
Dell EqualLogic launches iSCSI array
<p>One week after finalizing its $1.4 billion acquisition of EqualLogic, Dell introduced the PS5000 series of iSCSI disk arrays and held a town meeting to assuage its channel partners regarding pricing and overlap between the channel and Dell&rsquo;s direct sales force.</p>
CommVault adds SaaS-based service
<p>CommVault is shipping a new Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering designed to help companies enhance system availability and better manage their storage environments.</p>
CA upgrades Recovery Management
<p>CA has released new versions of three products in it Recovery Management portfolio, including ARCserve Backup, XOsoft High Availability, and XOsoft Replication, offering customers and channel partners centralized management, security, and faster data recovery.</p>
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XAM standard addresses archiving issues
<p>Fixed content consists of data that doesn&rsquo;t change over time, such as digital images, e-mail messages, presentations, video content, medical images, and check images.</p>