The top 5 storage technologies of 2009 (and 2010?)
Choosing a Top Anything requires a bit of dart throwing and calculated guesswork, but here are our editors' picks for the storage technologies that generated the most end-user interest - and vendor hype - in 2009.
The state of the iSCSI market
The IT world is driven by change in the various technologies that affect the overall environment: networking, servers, storage systems, operating systems and applications. These can be seen as accelerators, which in turn are moderated by the conservatism of the IT profession: "Don't break something that's working." Clearly, the past decade has been one of tumultuous change.
Unitrends lowers DP costs with 'No Limits' licensing
In a departure from capacity- and client-based licensing, Unitrends this week introduced a series of data protection appliances with a No Limits licensing model that is independent of the amount of capacity or systems being protected.
Startup Gridstore addresses 'NAS sprawl'
Tackling the problems associated with NAS silos, which lead to storage sprawl, startup Gridstore is prepping software and storage node building blocks that can pool NAS devices in a grid configuration.
Gluster upgrades open-source clustered storage
Storage startup Gluster has become the latest vendor to develop an open-source storage platform that scales to hundreds of petabytes in a single volume across commodity storage nodes.
Dell ships 10GbE EqualLogic arrays, networking gear
Dell continues to beat the drum for 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) as the underlying fabric for next generation data centers with today's debut of 10GbE networking products, a pair of new EqualLogic disk arrays, and infrastructure management software.
Recent announcements from:
3PAR, Atempo, Axxana, EMC, Emulex, Enhance Technology, Hitachi Data Systems, LaCie, Microsoft, NetApp, QLogic, Symantec and Verari.
Seagate enters the enterprise SSD market
The world's largest hard disk drive (HDD) manufacturer has finally entered the solid-state disk (SSD) drive market with its first line of enterprise SSDs aimed at blade servers and general-purpose servers.
EMC delivers automated storage tiering with FAST
EMC is making good on its promise to automate storage tiering across Fibre Channel, SATA and solid-state disk (SSD) storage with today's debut of the company's fully automated storage tiering (FAST) technology for use across all of EMC's primary storage platforms.
Symantec upgrades Storage Foundation, supports SSDs
Symantec announced a slew of product enhancements today with its sights set on boosting the performance and management of solid-state disk (SSD) drives, improving failover processes, and rounding out its thin provisioning strategy.
Recent announcements from:
Aptare, Avnet Technology Solutions, Fujitsu Storage Systems, Hitachi Data Systems, Index Engines, the Planet, STEC and StoredIQ.
EMC virtualizes, aggregates Centera archives
EMC today took the wraps off the Centera Virtual Archive, a new technology that ties multiple Centera content addressed storage (CAS) systems together as a single virtual archive.
Scale Computing upgrades scale-out architecture
Storage startup Scale Computing today unveiled version 2.0 of its Intelligent Clustered Storage (ICS) architecture with a new set of "StarterSAN" product configurations for building scale-out storage clusters.