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Vol. 6 No. 2 April 2007

New laser tech yields bigger disks

The idea of using holography for high-capacity optical storage first emerged from Bell Labs, known for its futuristic tendencies. Now the real world is catching up. InPhase Technologies, with roots in Bell Labs, has spent six years working on holographic storage and has come up with the Tapestry 300R drive ($18,000 list) and a media design for a 300GB disk, as well as a roadmap for 800GB and 1.6TB versions to roll out every 18 to 24 months. InPhase says Hitachi Maxell (an InPhase investor) is the first media manufacturer signed up to make the disk cartridges. InPhase also announced an OEM deal with DSM, a German jukebox storage vendor that will incorporate the Tapestry drive into its products. "Everything's in the process of coming together," says Liz Murphy, VP of marketing at InPhase. Murphy says high-end tape backup is in their sights. Though the drives might be a bit pricey as a tape replacement, "our target pricing is in that $6,000 to $7,000 range," she says. --Rich Castagna

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Features in this issue

  • L.L.Bean overhauls its backup process

    With mainframe constraints slowing down its backup, L.L.Bean's IT group created a three-phase initiative to overhaul its entire approach to mainframe and open-systems backup and recovery.

  • Unsnarl port traffic

    Configuring the number of ports on storage arrays and switches shouldn't be a guessing game that results in an excess of ports and a big dent in your budget. To properly size a switch or storage array, you need to analyze the average and peak bandwidth requirements of each device. Monitoring current utilization rates will help you determine effective bandwidth requirements.

  • New tools trim primary data

  • New connections: SAS and iSCSI HBAs

    Serial-attached SCSI and iSCSI host bus adapters (HBAs) represent the latest in server-to-storage connectivity technologies. Tailored to specifically address the needs of two emerging storage protocols, these new HBAs can ensure that performance isn't sacrificed when one of these alternatives to Fibre Channel storage is deployed.

  • Snapshot: Users big on centralizing remote offices

    Users big on centralizing remote offices

  • Free up database space

    Database archiving is critical to the long-term management of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) application. Archiving can shorten backup windows, speed recoveries and improve the database's overall performance. But effective archiving means carefully selecting the data to be removed from the production application and moved to secondary storage, and ensuring that it remains available and adequately protected.

Columns in this issue

  • Storage Bin: Duplessie's theory of evolution

    Evolutionary changes in the storage world have opened the door to scores of smaller companies. Some of these startups have seized the opportunity, taking advantage of the current market dynamics. Good for them; but it's even better for you, with more choice and innovation than we've seen in a long time.

  • Hot Spots: Remote workers, stand up and be counted

    Remote-office workers need to share their experiences with corporate IT because there are many different issues associated with working remotely and a wide range of products to address those problems.

  • Best Practices: Balance workloads with RAID types

    Vendors will tell you how beautifully parity-based RAID works in their storage subsystems, making it almost unnecessary to use any type of striped/mirrored RAID protection. But if you don't match the workload profile of the application to how storage is provisioned in the array, you could wind up with a poorly balanced system.