The top 10 news stories of 2003 staff

We could easily tell storage users what we thought were the biggest news stories of the past year, but in looking back at 2003 decided to list the top 10 news stories based on user interest. From hardware problems to regulatory compliance issues and software companies abandoning ship, here are the stories that made the biggest impact with our readers in the past 12 months.


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User reports headaches with StorageTek's BladeStore

The scoop:A major StorageTek customer said that serious problems with its BladeStore storage system have caused spontaneous disconnects and data loss. But the company said the problem was a "bad fit" rather than a bad product, and StorageTek responded aggressively to rectify the problem.

#2.Businesses fail to meet SEC rules on e-mail archiving, risk fines, imprisonment

The scoop: A lack of knowledge and cavalier attitudes have been keeping businesses from complying with government regulations around archiving electronic documents. But crackdowns in 2003 by the Securities and Exchange Commission -- which included steep fines for the parties involved -- have made some organizations nervous. Now they're scrambling to get things in order.

#3.EMC buys Legato Systems in mammoth deal

The scoop: EMC sped its push into the storage software market by acquiring backup and archiving specialist Legato Systems in a deal valued at approximately $1.3 billion.

#4.EMC says goodbye to WideSky

The scoop: EMC Corp. dropped its WideSky software initiative as its storage management platform in favor of the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S), an open storage management standard.

#5.New Symmetrix hits the streets

The scoop: At the beginning of 2003, EMC launched the latest version of its high-end storage array, the sixth generation Symmetrix DMX. Experts said the new technology gave EMC an edge against its competitors.

#6.E-mail archiving market to burst open as vendors pile on

The scoop: A survey predicted the market for e-mail and instant messaging archiving tools will soon skyrocket as a growing number of businesses outside the financial sector said they plan to get their electronic documents under control.

#7.IBM unveils SAN File System

The scoop: IBM finally launched its long-awaited TotalStorage SAN File System (SAN FS) with big hopes that it will provide common file services in a storage network, with the help of a metadata appliance.

#8.EMC holds shipment of 15K drives with CX600

The scoop: A quality issue arose within EMC that kept its Clariion CX600 customers from buying the latest 15,000 RPM 36 GB hard drives from Seagate. EMC offered little detail, but admitted a few customer orders were taken before the drives passed quality assurance testing.

#9.Is Brocade for sale?

The scoop: Rumors swirled about the future of switch maker Brocade Communications Systems Inc., the latest of which points to the company possibly putting itself up for sale. According to sources, after the failure of private attempts by CEO Greg Reyes, New York-based investment firm Morgan Stanley may be trying to broker a deal to sell Brocade.

#10.Brocade's long-term viability questioned

The scoop: Brocade came under fire during the Storage Decisions show last September for its questionable product strategy and aggressive behavior toward competitors such as McData.

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