February 2006

  • Directors take on more tasks

    The competition among director-class products has never been more intense. If you're considering directors for the first time, or re-examining your fabric strategy, here's what you need to know.

  • Not just a big switch

    Fibre Channel directors don't just provide lots of ports, they also offer ways to connect disparate SANs, isolate data and devices within a fabric, and configure throughput for specific application...

  • The rapid evolution of NAS -- it's no longer simple storage

    Marc Staimer writes about the rapid evolution of NAS from departmental and SMB storage into Enterprise-class storage that equals or exceeds SAN storage.

  • NetApp SpinServer user walks away

    Dogged with support problems, the Salk Institute biosciences school is abandoning NetApp just as the company launches its high-end NAS box targeting high-performance users.

  • Storage Clips: NetApp unveils rebranded Kazeon

    NetApp will sell and support Kazeon's Information Server classification software with its snapshot products, and Kazeon says deeper integration between the products is planned.

  • Guidelines for controlling clustering

    This tip outlines different approaches, implementations and the factors to consider to effectively manage clustered resources.

  • HDS, Archivas team on fixed-content archiving

    HDS announces an OEM deal with Archivas to develop a product that will compete with EMC and NetApp in the fixed-content archiving market.

  • Storage Clips: NEC, iQstor jump on 4 Gbps array bandwagon

    NEC announced two new 4 Gbps FC-SATA arrays; iQstor will demonstrate its 4 Gbps array at an upcoming government industry show.

  • Credit union goes for 3Par over EMC

    The Georgia Telco Credit Union installed 3Par's Inserve storage system after evaluating it against EMC's Clariion CX500.

  • Storage Clips: IBM pares down TSM for SMBs

    IBM announced Tivoli Storage Manager Express edition, a backup-only, simplified and lower priced version of its enterprise software.

  • Tech Report: Director switches

    There are many advantages to using a director switch (a.k.a. Fibre Channel director), including number of ports and high availability. But this is only part of the big picture. Get deep into the ni...

  • Doctors' group picks NSI to back up medical records

    Jefferson City Medical Group found an electronic medical records database necessary for HIPAA compliance. But backing it up in case of disaster took some figuring out.

  • Storage Clips: Brocade ships 10,000th director

    Brocade said it expects the 4 Gbps FC market to grow more than $1B in 2006; Bocada claims 200 new accounts in 2005.

  • Google Earth powered by ADIC SAN file system

    DigitalGlobe, which processes satellite images for Google Earth, sends performance into the stratosphere with a SAN file system from ADIC.

  • Storage Clips: IBM brushes up SRM tool

    IBM announced it has streamlined its monitoring tool for SANs and added SMI-S support.

  • Google Earth powered by ADIC SAN file system

    DigitalGlobe, which processes satellite images for Google Earth, sends performance into the stratosphere with a SAN file system from ADIC.

  • Cisco sheds light on WAFS plans

    George Kurian, VP and GM of Cisco's Application Delivery Business Unit, talks with SearchStorage.com about the company's WAFS and WAN optimization product strategy.

  • Storage Clips: Adaptec aims higher with 500 Series

    Adaptec released a new set of its branch office NAS devices aimed at larger, higher level departments with boosted capacity and throughput.

  • HDS seeds channel with Ingram Micro

    HDS joins the race to win smaller businesses through the channel, signing a global distribution deal with Ingram Micro.

  • Data migration quiz

    Here's the data migration challenge -- should you choose to accept. Grab a pen and some paper, jot down what you would do in each scenario.