August 2007

  • SAN switch report: Cisco still creeping up on Brocade

    The latest quarterly report from Dell'Oro shows Cisco continuing to gain market share on Brocade in certain areas; EMC acquires consulting firm.

  • User performs data storage U-turn

    U-Store-It, a national self-storage company, decentralized its data centers, migrated data from SAN to DAS and de-clustered Exchange to simplify storage management.

  • Data archives overview

    When a file is lost due to user error, or data is corrupted because of system problems, the affected data can be restored from a backup. An archive is different from a backup because the data may n...

  • IBM back in iSCSI SAN fray

    IBM is looking to take on HP's MSA and EMC's AX150, as well as EqualLogic and LeftHand, with a new iSCSI SAN product OEMed from LSI.

  • Should I back up the operating system files?

    Here is another prime example of technology evolving to meet business requirements. I have always been a firm believer that, except for small IT environments, operating systems files should not be ...

  • What is considered best practices in terms of backup vaulting (offsite storage) frequency?

    As a consultant, this is something that I run into frequently. There seems to be a belief that if you're a smaller shop or smaller business: You don't have a lot of data, and you don't need to send...

  • Are tape backups a thing of the past when it comes to disaster recovery?

    It is very interesting how quickly things change in our industry -- My answer to this question a year ago was highlighted replication or mirroring for highly critical data, disk-to-disk backups for...

  • Top 10 SAN news stories and tips

    Back from vacation and need a recap of the most important SAN stories this year? Check out our Top 10 SAN news stories and tips for 2007.

  • Brocade says file virtualization business growing

    Brocade profits were down 56% in part because of legal fees, but said that it's adding between 50 and 100 file virtualization customers per quarter.

  • ISCSI maven says TOE cards are back

    Larry Boucher, founder of Alacritech, claims more large companies are going for iSCSI HBAs despite the availability of powerful servers.

  • Are there other considerations beyond just storage? Servers, for instance?

    Let me look at it from a server virtualization perspective. The idea behind server virtualization is...

  • Backup reporting expands to add capacity planning

    Aptare adds capacity planning for primary data storage to its product line, joining Symantec in recent attempts to broaden the appeal of reporting software.

  • 3PAR, EqualLogic file for IPOs

    The emerging storage companies file S-1 forms with the SEC, though some experts warn they could be headed for a volatile market.

  • HDS, HP simplify high-end disk array pricing

    Users of the new USP-V disk array from HDS and the XP24000 disk array from HP will now pay less for attaching external storage, as well as capacity.

  • Iron Mountain CTO dishes on digital archiving plans

    Fred Engel, Iron Mountain's new CTO of digital archiving, is tasked with integrating the company's acquisitions, including a sneaky one it just made in document management.

  • EMC cashes in with VMware IPO

    EMC officially spins off part of its server virtualization subsidiary to the tune of $1.1B. Analysts are hoping the windfall will lead to deeper storage partnerships.

  • Data backup copies overview

    All backups produce copies of valuable data that protect an organization against loss, theft, failure and other unforeseen calamities. But traditional "backups" are typically relegated to slow tape...

  • Ten reasons storage security is critical

    Storage expert Kevin Beaver outlines 10 reasons you need to step up your storage security game.

  • Demystifying Unix dump

    dump is a powerful tool to back up Unix files. In this excerpt from W. Curtis Preston's new book, Backup & Recovery: Inexpensive Backup Solutions for Open Systems, the dump utility...

  • How to write an archiving program RFP

    With so many archiving systems on the market, putting together a request for proposal (RFP) for an archiving program for structured, semistructured or unstructured data is a key step. It's equally ...