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Vol. 7 No. 4 June 2008

Xiotech, Atrato spin out self-healing disk systems

Storage systems launched two weeks apart this spring have people in the industry wondering if they represent the future or are merely fads. Systems from Atrato and Xiotech aren't identical, but they're far more similar to each other than to traditional storage systems. They use sealed components holding disk drives, promise to run for years without needing service and can be clustered for I/O-intensive applications. And they each refer to their disk arrays as "self-healing." Startup Atrato came out of stealth mode with its Velocity1000 on March 25. Xiotech, which shipped its first system 10 years ago, looked to jumpstart its fortunes by making a splash at Storage Networking World with the announcement of its Emprise platform on April 8. Disk drive maker Seagate's DNA is in both companies and their new products. Seagate owned Xiotech from 1999 to 2002, and the Emprise platform comes from Seagate's Advanced Storage Architecture (ASA) that Xiotech acquired last November. And Atrato will add Seagate's DriveTrust full disk encryption...

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  • Gaps seen in file archiving tools

  • 10 key considerations for email archiving

    If you haven't standardized on an email archiving product, it can be time-consuming to find one that fits your company's needs. We list the 10 questions that will help you narrow down the list of available products and find the one that best suits your requirements.

  • QUALITY AWARDS III: NetApp sweeps NAS awards

    After a clean sweep of both the enterprise and midrange categories, NetApp is the undisputed NAS king. BlueArc Corp., last year's enterprise winner, didn't have a chance to challenge NetApp with too few responses to make the final cut.

  • Ask the Expert: Connecting two data centers

    I'm connecting two data centers, 70km apart, and I want to use EMC Symmetrix for synchronous replication. Will that distance work?

  • Migrate data without mistakes

    by  Deni Connor

    Data migrations are a fact of life. In many cases, the migration ends up being a tedious process. Automated tools can help ease migration woes. Host-based migration software takes the load off the storage array and can easily bridge the gap when migrating data between heterogeneous storage systems. But array-based migration may be preferred for technology refreshes.

  • The big crunch: Capacity grows, budgets shrink

    The brief respite storage managers enjoyed from the ever-escalating need for more disk capacity appears to be over. Respondents to our 2008 Purchasing Intentions survey say they'll add an average of 47TB of new disk capacity this year. But they'll have to do it with smaller storage budgets. And while virtualization could help respondents use their storage more efficiently, it's still receiving a cool reception.

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