Industry News and Analysis

Storage highlights from Interop 2010
April 29, 2010 -- A number of vendors used this week's Interop show in Las Vegas as a stage to debut storage networking products, including Emulex, Mellanox, Voltaire, Ixia, Vizioncore and virtual I/O startup Aprius.
FCoE I/O convergence and virtualization
Implementing FCoE with virtualization is one way to extract value from the virtualization framework, and can improve data center cost efficiency through I/O convergence.
Brocade CNAs qualified by EMC, HDS, IBM, NetApp
Brocade announced today that its 10Gbps converged network adapters have been qualified, and are available from, EMC, HDS, IBM and NetApp, putting Brocade roughly on par with CNA competitors Emulex and QLogic in terms of OEM design wins.
Video surveillance is a real sweet spot for iSCSI IP SANs
Video surveillance is a real sweet spot for iSCSI IP SANs
Recent announcements from:
3PAR, Active Archive Alliance, Aprius, Cloud Security Alliance, Emulex and Hitachi Data Systems.
HP CN1000E CNA: Seamlessly Enabling Universal Network Convergence
ESG Lab conducted hands-on testing of HP-branded Emulex Universal Converged Network Adapters (UCNAs) and explored how a converged infrastructure can enable users to realign traditional technology silos into adaptive pools that can be shared, optimized, and managed as a service.
Lustre 2.0 support limited to Oracle hardware customers
Oracle reportedly plans to offer paid support for version 2.0 of the open source Lustre clustered file system, but only to Oracle hardware customers.
Data reduction for primary storage: Benefits and options
Ideally, both data compression and deduplication should be used together to provide maximum reclamation of primary storage capacity.
Compellent adds ZFS-based NAS
Compellent augmented its support for NAS file services today with the introduction of zNAS, which provides NAS functionality via the open-source ZFS file system.
Pillar beefs up disaster recovery, QoS
Pillar Data Systems today released additions to its AxiomONE operating software that bring a variety of replication, performance and data protection features to the Pillar Axiom unified storage platform.
Nimbus ships all-flash iSCSI/NAS arrays
Nimbus Data Systems today introduced its S-class RAID array, which supports iSCSI and NAS (CIFS and NFS) and an architecture based solely on flash-based solid-state disk (SSD) blades.
EMC, IBM, NetApp – Storage growth across the board
EMC, IBM, NetApp – Storage growth across the board
Virtual I/O, I/O, it’s off to work we go
Virtual I/O, I/O, it’s off to work we go
EMC breaks first quarter sales records
EMC is riding high after reporting first quarter earnings and sales results that amount to "the best first quarter in company history," according to CEO Joe Tucci.
SolarWinds integrates Tek-Tools SRM
SolarWinds took its first step towards integrating Tek-Tools' Profiler storage resource management (SRM) software into its management stack with downloadable versions of the software and a new pricing model that lowers the cost of the Profiler suite.
Recent announcements from:
i365, IBM, the InfiniBand Trade Association, Iron Mountain, Netgear, Promise Technology and TwinStrata.
Sepaton taps HDS for enterprise VTLs
Sepaton announced today that it has chosen Hitachi Data Systems' Adaptable Modular Storage (AMS) 2100 as the foundation disk array for its enterprise-class, rack-based S2100-ES2 series of virtual tape libraries (VTLs).
Panasas plans archive for scale-out NAS
Panasas today announced the PAS HC, a high-capacity archive designed to store unstructured data and complement the company's high-performance scale-out NAS systems.
A radical approach to better storage in virtual environments
By virtualizing a sealed DataPac of homogenous drives as a super disk, Xiotech delivers scale-out storage on a building block that automates low-level device management, slashes operating costs, and delivers data at 1GBps.
My Buddies Went to SNW and All I Got Was This Lousy Golf Shirt
My Buddies Went to SNW and All I Got Was This Lousy Golf Shirt
HDS teams with Microsoft for unified compute platform
Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) unveiled its take on unified computing today with the announcement of a platform that will combine computing, networking, storage and systems management in conjunction with a new OEM deal with Microsoft.
Delivering the next generation active video archive
Digital video is growing in importance behind many types of different use cases today, yet nowhere is it more important than when it is captured, edited, and produced into a revenue-generating product for a video business.
New product highlights from NAB
A variety of vendors used this week's NAB show in Las Vegas to introduce new storage products. Here's a quick roundup.
Symantec... Managing in Information
Symantec... Managing in Information
Product wrap-up from SNW
Few vendors used this week's Storage Networking World (SNW) show in Orlando to launch new products, but here's quick rundown of some product introductions and partner demos.
CTERA offers cloud storage platform for MSPs
CTERA Networks has turned its Web portal into a cloud storage services delivery platform that lets ISPs and MSPs offer hybrid NAS and cloud storage services to SMBs and branch offices.
How to combat storage entropy
Users should consider technologies such as capacity reclamation, data deduplication, thin provisioning and virtualization.
Recent announcements from:
3PAR, B&L Associates, Consonus, EMC, FalconStor Software, Front Porch Digital, Index Engines and Oracle.
Symantec partners pledge support for Thin Reclamation
Compellent, EMC, Fujitsu, HP and NetApp have announced support for Symantec's Veritas Thin Reclamation API, which allows Veritas Storage Foundation to automatically reclaim storage capacity on disk arrays.
Xiotech partners with Symantec on scale-out NAS
Xiotech made product announcements at both the Symantec Vision conference and the Storage Networking World (SNW) show this week.
SGI storage server scales to 72TB
SGI today unveiled the InfiniteStorage Server 3500, a relatively low-cost, all-in-one storage server that scales to 72TB with a price tag of less than $0.90/GB in some configurations.
Stacking EqualLogic
Stacking EqualLogic
Visions, SNW, and NAB
Visions, SNW, and NAB
EMC debuts Data Domain Global Deduplication Array
EMC took a step towards global data deduplication with today's debut of the Global Deduplication Array, a high-end inline deduplication storage system based on an extension of the Data Domain architecture.
SNIA completes cloud storage standard
As it kicked off its Storage Networking World (SNW) conference this week, the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announced completion of its Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) standard.
SNIA enhances SMI-S CTP for users
The Conformance Testing Program (CTP) for the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) version 1.4 was recently enhanced by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA).
Cisco MDS 9148 Multilayer Fabric Switch
This ESG Lab review documents hands-on testing of the Cisco MDS 9148 8 Gbps Multilayer Fabric Switch with a focus on scalability, flexibility and cost-efficiency.
Consider compression for primary storage optimization
Capacity optimization has long been a tale of secondary storage, where large amounts of duplicate data -- often the product of disk-to-disk backup -- and less demanding I/O patterns rule the roost.
iSCSI Watch: EMC Selects Emulex for 10Gb
iSCSI Watch: EMC Selects Emulex for 10Gb
Infostor.com is heading to Internet.com
Infostor.com is heading to Internet.com
Quantum ships high-end LTO-5 tape library
April 7, 2010 -- Earlier this month, Quantum introduced tape drives, autoloaders and media based on the latest generation of LTO tape technology – LTO-5 Ultrium. This week, the company announced a high-end LTO-5 library that scales up to 16PB of capacity.
NetApp to acquire Bycast for cloud storage software
NetApp to acquire Bycast for cloud storage software
Data Robotics adds file sharing to Drobo arrays
Data Robotics this week added file-sharing NAS functionality to its line of low-cost, "self-managing" Drobo disk arrays with the introduction of the Drobo FS, which supports CIFS and the Apple File Protocol (AFP), as well as Windows, Mac and Unix/Linux clients.
Recent announcements from:
3PAR, Abtech Systems, Avere Systems, BDT AG, Enhance Technology, IBM, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Panasas, ProStor and Unitrends.
NEC integrates HYDRAstor with Symantec's OpenStorage API
NEC has integrated its HYDRAstor storage platform with Symantec's NetBackup OST API to bring dynamic load balancing and WAN-optimized replication to NetBackup environments.
Cisco lowers entry point for 8Gbps FC MDS switches
Cisco today rolled out the MDS 9148 Multilayer Fabric Switch, a 48-port, 8Gbps Fibre Channel switch aimed at providing cost-effective SAN connectivity for small and medium enterprises.
NAS gains in virtual server environments
NAS gains in virtual server environments
CDP transforms data recovery
April 2, 2010 -- Continuous data protection (CDP) is changing the way that storage administrators think about data protection and recovery. Here's why, and how.
Microsoft extols the storage virtues of Exchange 2010
Microsoft extols the storage virtues of Exchange 2010