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Vol. 2 No. 2 April 2003

Intelligence Sprouts in the Storage Network

It's still too early to tell how the fight for the so-called "intelligent switch" market will pan out, but players are slowly starting to reveal what team they're on. Brocade--which acquired intelligent switch vendor Rhapsody last fall--divulged details last month of a 16-port SilkWorm-friendly Brocade Fabric Application Switch (which under no circumstances is to be referred to as the "FAP," a Brocade spokesperson says). At the same time, Brocade reenumerated the long list of partners that have publicly vowed to support the platform, among them Alacritus, CommVault, FalconStor, Incipient, InterSAN, StoreAge, and Topio. Hewlett-Packard has also embraced the Brocade platform as the switch upon which it will run its VersaStor virtualization code. Notably absent from Brocade's list of supporters was Veritas, which according to Dave Stevens, a Rhapsody transplant, ported its Volume Manager to the original Rhapsody product as a proof of concept for its Veritas-powered program, which aims to port Veritas software onto intelligent ...

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Features in this issue

  • Virtual SANs bring order to chaos

    by  Marc Farley

    What will Cisco's embedded virtual SAN technology in its new MDS switch line mean to storage managers? For starters, a new way to manage SANs as they spread across the company.

  • Midrange or high end: what's right for you

    by  Jim Booth

    While the line is blurring, it's not gone. We look at what really differentiates high-end from midrange storage. And we look at the virtues of combining them.

  • USC Spurns Usual Tape Suspects

    In his role as director of emerging technologies at the University of Southern California (USC), Mike Lin is responsible for storing and backing up between 50TB to 100TB of data, for faculty and students alike.

  • Is storage management software worth it?

    High prices, deep discounts, expensive deployments, uncertain vendor commitment--what's a storage manager to think? We help decode the confusion that abounds in this market.

  • SATA drive challenges SCSI functionality

    When it comes to disk drives, suitability for enterprise or desktop applications has little to do with the interface, but with the drive's underlying mechanical platform.

  • Storage managers grapple with Windows

    by  David Braue

    The spread of Windows into ever-more serious applications and the growth of data on Windows servers means that more storage managers are attaching Windows hosts to their SANs. Along with that comes the need to decide whether Windows-based storage management software is the way to go.

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