Industry News and Analysis

Recent announcements from:
AMCC, Chelsio Communications, Emulex, FalconStor, Hewlett-Packard, Hifn, HiNet, KOM Networks, Overland Storage, QLogic, SCSI Trade Association, Total Tec, Verari Systems, VMware
NetApp de-dupes competitors' primary storage
NetApp this week fired a shot across the respective bows of its competitors with the announcement that its V-Series family of storage virtualization controllers...
IBM debuts TSM suite with CDP
IBM today launched the Tivoli Storage Manager (TSM) FastBack software suite, the first set of new products resulting from the company's acquisition of FilesX in April. ...
Emulex Converged Network Adapter - Intelligently Connecting Storage, Servers, and Networks
Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) is an emerging standard that maps Fibre Channel storage traffic over an Enhanced 10 Gigabit Ethernet network. This report documents ESG Lab hands-on testing and customer feedback of Emulex LightPulse LP21000 Converged Network Adapters (CNAs) connecting servers within an FCoE-enabled data-center environment that leverages familiar tools and processes.
Advanced Vault supports D2D for 64-bit operating systems
Advanced Vault's disk-to-disk (D2D) backup appliances are designed to replace complicated manual tasks with automated data protection and recovery. ...
SAS plays supporting role in media/entertainment
With media and entertainment content increasing in resolution, content data files have swelled, and data throughput has increased proportionally. At the same time, content producers are under more pressure than ever before to control prices. SAS-based storage systems play an important role in making these seemingly contrary goals possible.
Multi-tier storage saves energy, space
Power, cooling, and space limitations are key issues faced by IT managers. Demand-side contributors include decreased hardware acquisition costs, sharp increases in server density, and an exponential rise in the volume of data being stored and managed.
Recent announcements from:
ASI Computer Technologies, FalconStor, Hewlett-Packard, Hifn, NetEx, Promark Technology, Rebit, SNIA
BakBone adds Windows recovery to NetVault
In an effort to build out its data protection and recovery capabilities for Windows environments, BakBone Software this week announced NetVault: Real-Time Data Protector, a software tool that offers recovery of Microsoft Exchange, SQL Server, and Windows file system data in as fast as 30 seconds, according to company officials.
Clustered File Storage: What to Look For
Clustered File Storage: What to Look For Originally Broadcast: Jul 24, 2008 Overview: Unstructured data is growing exponentially and the reasons for that are well known. However, how an enterprise should manage this data and harness its value is far from well known. NAS has been around for almost two decades, but traditional architectures are straining under the sheer weight of this data. This webcast will look at what clustered file storage is and how it is different from traditional file storage. We will discuss how it can contain the data tsunami. Then we will look at various factors that make one type of clustered file storage stand out and another one just be an incremental improvement over traditional storage.
Brocade buys Foundry for $3 billion
<strong>July 23, 2008 -- </strong>In a shot across Cisco Systems' bow, Brocade this week announced that it has inked a definitive agreement to acquire switching and routing vendor Foundry Networks for $3 billion, adding a solid Ethernet networking portfolio to Brocade's storage networking product line and giving the company a boost in its quest for unified data networks.
Texas Memory ships SSD drives
Solid state disk (SSD) vendor Texas Memory Systems today announced the availability of a new RAM-based storage system with non-volatile SSD capable of sustaining up to 600,000 I/Os per second (IOPS) and delivering up to 512GB of capacity in a 4U rack-mount chassis.
Virtual Iron - Virtualization for Server Consolidation and Advanced Management
<p>ESG has witnessed the rapid growth of server virtualization in companies of all sizes, industries and regions of the world.&nbsp; Clearly, the value of server virtualization is apparent as it drives down the physical costs of servers, drastically improves server management and reduces system footprint-regaining precious data-center floor space while decreasing power and cooling consumption. ESG Lab validated that server virtualization software from Virtual Iron delivers on the value of IT consolidation and&nbsp; server management for mission-critical, business-critical, and test/development environments.</p>
Nexsan ships AutoMAID disk array
Nexsan Technologies today introduced the DATABeast, a storage system capable of scaling to 4PB of capacity and designed to save power with AutoMAID (Automatic Massive Array of Idle Disks) technology.
Asempra upgrades Windows recovery tool
Data-recovery specialist Asempra Technologies is set to announce a new version of its Asempra Business Continuity Server (BCS) on Monday, with expanded application support and performance and scalability upgrades for recovering applications in Microsoft environments.
Recent announcements from:
Caringo, Dot Hill Systems, Emulex, General Dynamics C4 Systems, IBM, InMage Systems, Plasmon, Mimosa Systems, 3PAR, SYSDBA, Sun
Sun, IBM to ship 1TB tape drives
There is some big news in the world of tape this week -- big, that is, in terms of capacity.
ONStor takes aim at NetApp
With NetApp in its sights -- specifically, the FAS3070A, FAS6040A, and FAS6080A -- ONStor today announced the Cougar 6000 series of NAS gateways, which are higher-performance versions of the company's Bobcat NAS gateways.
Storage software market to surpass $17 billion by 2012
According to a recent report from International Data Corp. (IDC), &quot;Worldwide Storage Software 2008-2012 Forecast,&quot; the global market for storage software will exceed $17 billion by 2012, representing a 9.6% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2007 through 2012.
Why you need SRM and SAN management
Managing information assets has become more critical as organizations seek ways to reduce costs associated with storing information, better understand what information assets exist and where, and ensure operational uptime of the infrastructure. To achieve these goals, managers need to make timely decisions about their infrastructure that will impact where information assets reside and how they are managed.
SAS: The cutting edge of blade server storage
Blade servers are now very familiar to IT organizations, but they still have a lot of growth potential. And one of the gating factors for unlocking that potential is improving the relationship of blade servers and storage. Blade servers need a close relationship with storage -- just not too close. To get the most out of blade servers, no storage should be on the blade server itself. The storage should be either on a local &quot;network&quot; within a chassis (i.e., direct-attached storage) or externally on a SAN. Why?
SAS: The cutting edge of blade server storage
<p>Blade servers are now very familiar to IT organizations, but they still have a lot of growth potential. And one of the gating factors for unlocking that potential is improving the relationship of blade servers and storage. Blade servers need a close relationship with storage -- just not too close. To get the most out of blade servers, no storage should be on the blade server itself. The storage should be either on a local &quot;network&quot; within a chassis (i.e., direct-attached storage) or externally on a SAN. Why?</p>
Recent announcements from:
BakBone Software, Data93, LeftHand Networks, Parallels, Peer Software, Storage Networking Industry Association, Sun Microsystems
Evaluating options for tape encryption
Given that the pressures to encrypt data at-rest are continuing to mount, and the IEEE Secure Storage Working Group is nearly finished establishing standards for disk/tape encryption and key management, it is time to revisit some operational considerations associated with planning and policy development for tape encryption.
Optimizing Data Efficiency with Windows File Server Consolidation
Optimizing Data Efficiency with Windows File Server Consolidation Originally Broadcast: Jul 10, 2008 Overview: A popular and effective approach to managing the increasing demand for storage has been to host networked storage on Windows file servers. The result is Windows file server sprawl. This rampant proliferation of file servers makes inexpensive systems expensive because of wasted capacity, low utilization rates and sub-optimal availability. Consolidating Windows file servers and storage devices establishes a highly available and independently scalable environment while substantially reducing management and infrastructure costs. Watch this webcast to learn about the benefits of consolidating Windows file services using next-generation Scalable NAS, including: Flexibility to reaollocate resources to meet changing business needs Integrated high availability with no additional cost Planning for painless future storage growth Independently scalable file serving performance and capacity
Sun ships open-source arrays
Sun Microsystems today continued to push its open-source storage initiative with the debut of a new family of low-cost disk arrays and the availability of the Sun Fire X4540, a new addition to the company&rsquo;s Sun Fire X4500 &quot;Thumper&quot; family. The X4540 has faster processors, PCI Express (PCIe) connectivity, and more memory than previous systems.
VAR outlook: Q2 'subdued,' Q3 to improve
<p>Robert W. Baird &amp; Co. recently completed its quarterly survey of the VAR market and concluded that Q2 results were &quot;subdued&quot; and that VARs were expecting a &quot;slight improvement&quot; in the third quarter.</p>
NEC scores OEM deal for D-Series arrays
NEC Corporation of America announced today it has struck a deal with RAID Inc. that will bring NEC's D-Series modular storage arrays to more customers in the high-performance computing (HPC), government, research and corporate storage markets.
Recent announcements from:
Adaptec, Atempo, InMage Systems, Marathon Systems, Nirvanix, Overland Storage, Reldata, VMware
Compellent Storage Center v4.0 - Sophisticated Storage Simplicity
Organizations of all sizes are struggling with the growth, cost and complexity of online storage. &nbsp;New software unning on a recently upgraded industry standard server platform extends the sophisticated storage simplicity of the Compellent Storage Area Network (SAN) storage solution. This ESG Lab validation highlights the ease of use and cost-effectiveness of Compellent Storage Center version 4.0 with a focus on valuable capabilities including Fast Track, Data Progression, Dynamic Capacity, Data Instant&nbsp;Replay and Thin Remote Replication.
Tek-Tools tightens link with virtual servers
Tek-Tools Software has introduced an enhanced version of its Profiler Suite resource management software product with improved end-to-end data path mapping between virtual and physical resources, a new module for virtual tape library (VTL) support, and more detailed reporting capabilities for backup processes and media.
Dell adds storage services
<strong>July 2, 2008 </strong>-- In an effort to streamline its storage consulting services, Dell is bringing together technologies and storage expertise from recent acquisitions and partnerships to improve its storage management, data-protection, and disaster-recovery service offerings.
Pillar launches faster storage systems
<strong>July 1, 2008 </strong>-- Pillar Data Systems continued to push its arrays from the midrange into the enterprise today with the launch of the Axiom 600 and 600MC (Mission Critical), which have more horsepower and application provisioning profiles than previous versions.
Benefits of a storage services architecture
One of the objectives of an IT organization is to streamline operations in order to reduce costs, and well-defined and clearly communicated service offerings are essential to achieving this goal.
This section takes on late-breaking business and partnership news written for industry insiders.
Data de-dupe duplicity
InfoStor has sponsored a number of Webcasts (presented by ESG and the Taneja Group, and archived at www.infostor.com) that delve into data de-duplication. In every case, the most frequent question from attendees is: &ldquo;Realistically, what kind of de-duplication ratios can I expect?&rdquo;
iSCSI options proliferate
InfoStor has published dozens of case studies over the last couple of years that have focused on why and how end users are using iSCSI-based IP SANs. In general, it all boils down to the old mantra: &ldquo;iSCSI is less expensive and easier to manage than Fibre Channel SANs.&rdquo;
<p>Each month, InfoStor rounds up timely new product announcements, providing a buyer&rsquo;s guide for professionals.</p>
SSDs jockey for position in the enterprise
EMC has been shipping solid-state disk (SSD) drives in its Symmetrix DMX-4 systems for months. Sun Microsystems is prepping new hybrid arrays that mix SSDs and traditional hard disk drives (HDDs) to accelerate storage I/O.
The new case for open source data protection
The cost advantages are clear, and most of the drawbacks to open source backup software have recently been eliminated.
WAN optimization/acceleration
<p>For several years we have been talking about the basic benefits of WAN optimization and acceleration technologies, including speeding data transfers, saving IT dollars on bandwidth, and giving remote users LAN-like access to data and applications. But as the technology evolves, WAN acceleration products have become a true enabler of many data-center projects and, in many situations, a technology that solves problems that would otherwise be insurmountable.</p>
Why you need SRM and SAN management
The storage management software market can be divided into three segments: heterogeneous SRM, homogeneous SRM, and SAN management software.