Primary storage devices

  • September 27, 2010 27 Sep'10

    HP sticks with Hitachi for high-end storage array

    Hewlett-Packard is launching is version of Hitachi Data System’s new VSP system today, which should end speculation that HP will sever its OEM deal with Hitachi’s parent company for its enterprise ...

  • August 31, 2010 31 Aug'10

    VMworld 2010: Isilon ships clustered NAS with iSCSI

    Isilon adds iSCSI for block storage to go with legacy file-based clustered NAS architecture; will it need Fibre Channel to be a mainstream storage array player?

  • June 21, 2010 21 Jun'10

    6 Gbps SAS drives signal end of line for Fibre Channel disk drives

    Shift to 6 Gbps SAS drives signals the end of Fibre Channel disk drives, as manufacturers plan no upgrades or improvements beyond current 4 Gbps FC iteration.

  • April 21, 2010 21 Apr'10

    EMC officials admit Clariion and Celerra consolidation afoot

    EMC consolidates reporting on Clariion and Celerra revenues into a midtier products revenue number; admits to Wall Street analysts consolidation between two platforms is happening.

  • January 19, 2010 19 Jan'10

    Pillar rolls out speedier Axiom 600 disk array

    Pillar adds a new controller to its Axiom 600 disk array as traditional lines between high-end and midrange disk arrays blur; will it be enough to survive after Pillar financial backer Larry Ellison's Oracle acquires Sun Microsystems?

  • January 13, 2010 13 Jan'10

    RAID disk arrays in small business data storage environments today

    RAID disk arrays are still popular in enterprise data storage shops, even 20 years after they were first invented. Learn about what's new in RAID for your SMB.

  • January 11, 2010 11 Jan'10

    Hot data storage technologies for SMBs: Storage trends for 2010

    Read about the top SMB data storage technologies and storage trends that are predicted to have the biggest impact on SMBs this year.

  • September 17, 2009 17 Sep'09

    3PAR, Exanet combine for block and file storage

    3PAR qualifies Exanet clustered NAS; Hitachi Data Systems upgrades IT Operations Analyzer; Tandberg Data to sell low-end DAT tape drives; Emulex adds 8 Gbps quad-channel HBA.

  • September 16, 2009 16 Sep'09

    Oracle aims Sun-based Exadata 2 for OLTP at IBM, Hitachi Data Systems

    The new Exadata 2 system officially supports up to 1 million random read/write IOPS for online transaction processing, squarely in the wheelhouse of high-end storage vendors.

  • June 08, 2009 08 Jun'09

    Fujitsu adds DX60 and DX80 midrange disk arrays to Eternus line

    Fujitsu's DX60 and DX80 replace the Eternus 2000 series with a new single-controller entry model starting at under $6,000, and a new approach to battery-backed cache.

  • January 29, 2009 29 Jan'09

    PMC-Sierra RoCs Hewlett-Packard servers

    Hewlett-Packard picks PMC-Sierra, and Fujitsu chooses LSI Engenio for SAS devices; Sanrad supports Microsoft's Hyper-V.

  • January 29, 2009 29 Jan'09

    Using direct-attached storage in the SMB space

    SMBs are under pressure to throw over their direct-attached storage (DAS) architecture in favor of consolidated storage area networks (SANs). This piece takes a look at why some applications just work better with DAS in the SMB space.

  • January 23, 2009 23 Jan'09

    Nexsan offers SAS, SATA, spin-down in one box

    The new SASBeast disk array from Nexsan combines multiple tiers of storage with drive spin-down; analysts say we'll see more efficiency-focused products like it this year.

  • January 21, 2009 21 Jan'09

    Post-RAID products

    Some industry observers believe the scale of storage has outpaced RAID's usefulness as a data protection mechanism.

  • November 11, 2008 11 Nov'08

    Seagate pushes encryption for small form factor SAS drives

    Seagate envisions a future of small form factor SAS drives with self-encryption. But that vision is not shared by all storage array vendors.

  • September 09, 2008 09 Sep'08

    IBM: Overlap in revamped storage lineup is a plus

    IBM announces more than 30 storage products and updates its DS8000 array. There may be overlap, but as an IBM Storage exec says, ""When there's no overlap, you don't have enough products."

  • September 05, 2008 05 Sep'08

    EMC bloggers: IBM XIV no enterprise-class storage system

    Since IBM posted information about its new XIV Storage System on its website, debate is raging over where the product fits in the data center.

  • September 04, 2008 04 Sep'08

    Optical storage still evolving

    Prognosticators weigh the merits of "future" technologies and the tried and true solutions of today.

  • September 03, 2008 03 Sep'08

    Adaptec adds power management to RAID controllers

    Adaptec's Series 2 and Series 5 SAS/SATA RAID controllers can now spin down disk drives from several drive manufacturers -- Hitachi, Fujitsu, Seagate, Western Digital and Samsung. Adaptec director ...

  • September 03, 2008 03 Sep'08

    RAID array incorporates 450 GB SAS drives

    Dot Hill builds array using 450 GB drives; Caringo partners with Messaging Architects for end-to-end email archiving; Yosemite adds support for Vista, Windows Server 2008

  • August 07, 2008 07 Aug'08

    RAID technology quiz

    Take a few minutes and test yourself on RAID technology. Do you know which RAID type is the fastest or which one is seen in SATA environments? Challenge your co-workers to a RAID pop quiz showdown, and find out who's the mighty RAIDer in your shop.

  • July 31, 2008 31 Jul'08

    EMC brings thin provisioning, MAID and SSD to Clariion CX4

    Along with support for solid-state disk, EMC's next-gen Clariion includes thin provisioning and MAID, and a new architecture for mixing Fibre Channel and iSCSI.

  • July 21, 2008 21 Jul'08

    Nexsan DataBeast storage array consolidates SATA, SAS disk storage

    With its DataBeast array, Nexsan puts SATA and SAS in one system that can scale up to 336 TB in one 42U rack or to 5 PB with expansion racks.

  • May 06, 2008 06 May'08

    DAS evolves to survive in a networked storage world

    Why has DAS persisted in the face of the compelling cost-effectiveness of networked storage? This article explores how DAS has evolved as networked storage grew in popularity and how it is being used today.

  • April 10, 2008 10 Apr'08

    Xiotech, Atrato forge market for self-healing storage

    New disk array designs use sealed componentry, resulting in storage systems that may not need servicing for five years or more.

  • April 08, 2008 08 Apr'08

    Xiotech flashes self-healing storage systems at SNW

    Xiotech's Emprise storage systems use a proprietary technology to reduce heat and vibration. Xiotech claims that an Emprise system will incur zero service events over five years.

  • March 25, 2008 25 Mar'08

    No-maintenance disk array aims to eliminate hard drive swapping

    Startup Atrato Inc. is basing its new disk array on a concept called SAID (Sealed Array of Identical Disks) to bridge the gap between performance and high capacity. The idea is to offer an array that can run for the duration of a three- to five-year...

  • February 26, 2008 26 Feb'08

    IBM: Thin provisioning on the way for DS8000

    IBM's DS8000 disk arrays get another incremental brushup to go with the new z10 mainframe, and officials promise more new features before the end of the year.

  • February 12, 2008 12 Feb'08

    IBM updates storage portfolio, but roadmap questions remain

    IBM updates its storage portfolio with incremental changes while pledging support for high-end DS disk arrays.

  • February 04, 2008 04 Feb'08

    HP, Ibrix storage products add kick to film animation

    DreamWorks draws on Ibrix clustered file system and HP storage to improve 'aesthetic' quality of Kung Fu Panda movie.

  • January 29, 2008 29 Jan'08

    EMC ships Hulk, says multiprotocol storage to dominate

    In an earnings call, EMC CEO Joe Tucci said the hardware component of its new Hulk clustered storage system is in beta, predicted that multiprotocol systems will dominate in 2008, and reiterated pledges that EMC will have data deduplication and ...

  • October 24, 2007 24 Oct'07

    Understanding disk storage components

    The never-ending evolution of storage components such as disk drives, RAID technology, disk arrays and even network fabric hardware is enabling vast increases in storage capacities. This guide focuses on the latest developments in disks, RAID, ...

  • June 08, 2007 08 Jun'07

    From disk drives to arrays: A primer on enterprise data storage

    Learn about the data storage components that go into an enterprise storage environment, from the basic hard disk drive to RAID, JBOD, disk arrays, clustering and SAN and NAS networked storage.

  • June 04, 2007 04 Jun'07

    Cross correlation engines reaching into primary storage

    You have seen my writings on (and may even have heard me speak about) Cross Correlation (CC) analytics engine as a necessary part of a Data Protection Management (DPM) product. DPM products make ...

  • March 08, 2007 08 Mar'07

    Is RAID outdated?

    I would suggest that perhaps it is time for us to retire RAID in its current form.

  • February 26, 2007 26 Feb'07

    HP announces iSCSI VTL for SMBs

    HP's new iSCSI VTL devices include automated backup capabilities for users with fewer than four servers.

  • December 29, 2006 29 Dec'06

    Hitachi TagmaStore to scale even higher

    According to reports on the Web over the holiday week, Hitachi is set to unveil a new high-end disk array. But whatever happened to the software products it touted in 2006?

  • October 17, 2006 17 Oct'06

    Gear6 helps storage caching makes a comeback

    A storage caching appliance from Gear6 serves files up to 50 times faster than from disk, but the new device rekindles old arguments over the risks of an in-band device.

  • September 06, 2006 06 Sep'06

    HDS repeats as enterprise arrays champ

    Hitachi Data Systems repeats as winner in the second edition of the Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Awards for enterprise arrays.

  • August 01, 2006 01 Aug'06

    Storage analysts: RAID 6 is bringing changes

    Larger disk drives and storage growth are magnifying concerns over dual-parity rebuild times. Fortunately, analysts say, help is on the way.

  • June 08, 2006 08 Jun'06

    A quick overview of the disk drive market

    Hard disks provide huge storage capacities that can reach to 300GB and higher (though enterprise disks offer somewhat less -- up to 150 GB per disk). Enterprise hard disks offer fast data transfers, and drives like the Seagate Cheetah family can ...

  • May 01, 2006 01 May'06

    HDS wins enterprise NAS

    After sweeping Storage magazine's Quality Awards for SAN products, Hitachi Data Systems also places first for enterprise NAS, while NetApp continues to rule the midrange.

  • December 21, 2005 21 Dec'05

    Seagate-Maxtor merger could stabilize disk pricing

    Fewer competitors in the market could mean that disk prices drop less dramatically in 2006, analysts say.

  • December 08, 2005 08 Dec'05

    What are the best midrange arrays?

    All in all, midrange array users are a satisfied bunch, but the winner of the Storage magazine Diogenes Labs Quality Award in this category might surprise some people.

  • November 21, 2005 21 Nov'05

    Pillar's midrange array gets by on charm

    Pillar Data users say the startup is aggressive in its pricing and customer service, but the technical merits of its Axiom box still leave a bit to be desired.

  • September 06, 2005 06 Sep'05

    HDS sweeps Quality Awards on arrays

    Hitachi Data Systems has won the first Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Awards in the arrays category based on responses from hundreds of hands-on users.

  • July 18, 2005 18 Jul'05

    RAID fast guide

    You need info about RAID. It's that simple. In the world of storage, RAID (redundant array of independent disks) is a major topic. Whether you are a RAID rookie or you're trying to optimize performance of a huge array, you'll learn something here. ...

  • July 15, 2005 15 Jul'05

    IBM storage chiefs speak out about midrange products, NetApp

    Two of IBM's storage directors discuss the role of tape, why the midrange is hot, SVC versus Invista virtualization and the NetApp reseller deal.

  • July 15, 2005 15 Jul'05

    EMC to refresh Symmetrix DMX

    EMC is preparing to launch bigger and badder versions of its flagship Symmetrix array.

  • July 11, 2005 11 Jul'05

    HDS slashes pricing for high-end features

    HDS unveils cheaper version of high-end TagmaStore, bringing its proprietary virtualization to the midrange. Meanwhile, IBM has a virtualization standards effort up its sleeve.

  • May 27, 2005 27 May'05

    IBM, HDS renew vows

    IBM and HDS extend their technology licensing agreement to one another's mainframe systems, storage and software, bringing new levels of interoperability to users.

  • May 25, 2005 25 May'05

    Hitachi ships SAS and 4 Gbps FC drives

    Hard disk drive maker Hitachi ships SAS and 4 Gbps FC drives, paving the way for systems that combine SATA and SAS drives.

  • May 19, 2005 19 May'05

    EMC users make Symm 7 wish list

    Bigger disks, more ports, cross-platform replication, and more flexibility and reliability in the Enginuity OS are just some of the things EMC users would like in Symm 7.

  • April 05, 2005 05 Apr'05

    Special Report: Midrange arrays

    Modular storage systems are the antidote to expensive monolithic arrays. In this report, you'll see why midrange is hot, where it's heading and what systems are leading the charge.

  • March 18, 2005 18 Mar'05

    Hitachi drops 2.5-inch SAS drives

    Global disk drive maker, Hitachi, has pulled the plug on its first round of 2.5-inch SAS drives, citing the need to invest in higher growth areas.

  • March 08, 2005 08 Mar'05

    StorageTek eyes mainframe users

    StorageTek is in discussions with Luminex Software to build a gateway between its FlexLine disk arrays and mainframe servers.

  • January 06, 2005 06 Jan'05

    Storage Clips: Hitachi's new hard drives to take on ATA

    New Hitachi hard drive holds half a terabyte; LG Electronics speeds up optical drives; Quantum completes Certance acquisition; Arkeia appoints new biz dev director.

  • December 02, 2004 02 Dec'04

    NetApp users face a bumpy road to grid upgrade

    Network Appliance has announced a roadmap for merging its Data ONTAP operating system with its Spinnaker OS, but the path is long and the details are unclear.

  • September 07, 2004 07 Sep'04

    HDS unveils Lightning 3 - TagmaStore

    HDS has extended replication and snapshot features across its product family, ramped up its speeds and feeds and has finally come clean on its virtualization strategy.

  • August 17, 2004 17 Aug'04

    Big Mac attack for storage

    Got storage-hungry Mac desktops to feed? Apple Computer Inc.'s Xserve RAID, its 3.5TB RAID array and the Xserve platform running Mac OS X have performed a minor miracle: Together, they seem to have made Mac a legitimate server and storage platform.

  • July 19, 2004 19 Jul'04

    Enterprise-class RAID functions, part 2: N-way mirroring, splitting and more

    With the convergence of RAID and lower-priced storage technologies, advanced RAID functions can be enjoyed by any small-to-medium sized organization with critical data.

  • June 30, 2004 30 Jun'04

    Dance of the disk drives, Page Four

    Dance of the disk drives, Page Four

  • June 30, 2004 30 Jun'04

    Dance of the disk drives: Know your SATA from your FATA?

    Disk drive technology is changing faster than a McDonald's menu right now, and navigating this field can be complicated. Here's the lowdown…

  • May 18, 2004 18 May'04

    SNIA updates storage exams

    Will SNIA's new set of storage certifications pad your resume or waste your time?

  • May 06, 2004 06 May'04

    User dumps Fibre Channel for ATA

    Expedient swaps out an EMC Symmetrix for a Nexsan ATA array and claims it has seen no performance degradation. It has seen a massive drop in its cost.

  • April 06, 2004 06 Apr'04

    Microsoft chases NAS tail

    Still playing catch-up in the NAS market, Microsoft has fixed Exchange to work on its NAS devices

  • April 02, 2004 02 Apr'04

    HP snubs SATA for low-cost Fibre drive

    HP has opted for Seagate's new FATA drive over the more popular serial ATA drives. What's the deal?

  • February 25, 2004 25 Feb'04

    Hitachi announces biggest ever SCSI drive

    When someone says "300 GB drive," you immediately think ATA, right? That may not be the case for long. Hitachi has something else in mind.

  • February 16, 2004 16 Feb'04

    Seagate touts SAS drives as faster alternative to SATA

    Seagate is set to demonstrate a 2.5-inch hard drive based on the serial-attached SCSI interface. The company says the product will fill the need for a smaller, faster and more reliable alternative to serial ATA disks.

  • January 20, 2004 20 Jan'04

    The essential RAID primer, part 2

    Part two of Evan Marcus' essential RAID primier covers more on RAID-0, RAID-6, RAID-7, RAID-S and special combinations of RAID you may want to learn about.

  • December 04, 2003 04 Dec'03

    The essential RAID primer, part 1

    Part 1 of Evan Marcus' RAID primer covers RAID-0 to RAID-5. Each level's description is concise and to the point.

  • November 12, 2003 12 Nov'03

    Quantum hopes new technology will heal fiscal wounds

    After a year of hemorrhaging revenues, the CEO of Quantum has a plan to hoist the tape maker back to the top of the tape market by relying on new technologies to improve the company's bottom line.

  • October 02, 2003 02 Oct'03

    Usage guide to SATA and other low-cost disk drives

    Do you want to know where to implement low-cost disk drives in your storage infrastructure? This guide can help you learn where Serial ATA and other low-cost disk technologies fit in a disk-to-disk or backup architecture. Included are a series of ...

  • August 27, 2003 27 Aug'03

    StorageTek BladeStore failures causing end-user headaches

    A major StorageTek customer said that serious problems with its BladeStorage storage system have caused spontaneous disconnects and data loss.

  • June 20, 2003 20 Jun'03

    IBM Shark gets new replication, remote copy features

    IBM's Enterprise Storage Server Model 800 is now available to customers. The new Shark features Peer-to-Peer Remote Copy (PPRC) Version 2 with enhancements to long-distance data mirroring, using a new Asynchronous Cascading feature that extends the ...

  • March 19, 2003 19 Mar'03

    Adaptec to add Serial ATA, iSCSI support

    Adaptec has announced a series of new interconnect products based on Serial ATA technology. The company says Serial SCSI and iSCSI support is soon to follow.

  • February 05, 2003 05 Feb'03

    EMC puts lower price tag on new Symmetrix

    EMC raised the curtain on the new Symmetrix DMX product line Monday but lowered the price of high-end storage. The experts say EMC is on its way to a more competitive pricing strategy to combat the likes of IBM and HDS.

  • January 24, 2003 24 Jan'03

    Vixel puts 20 switch ports on a chip

    Storage networking vendor Vixel has a new switch-on-a-chip that features 20 ports, eight more than its previous switch technology. The company said the switch was designed for the emergence of new hard drive technologies.

  • January 23, 2003 23 Jan'03

    Killer serial: is ATA ready for the enterprise?

    As serial ATA rolls out this year, the price will be compelling, but don't expect SCSI to disappear.

  • December 12, 2002 12 Dec'02

    Startup takes a new tack for cached storage

    A storage appliance startup has a few tricks up its sleeve. For starters, it says it can make your WAN disappear.

  • July 17, 2002 17 Jul'02

    SD2002: Toigo talks disk vs. tape

    Where does the world of backup stand and which technology is going to get you to backup nirvana? Independent author and veteran disaster recovery planner Jon William Toigo answers questions about what he sees the decision makers doing when it comes ...

  • June 07, 2002 07 Jun'02

    Storage Smarts Answer #17

    Storage Smarts Answer #17

  • April 28, 2002 28 Apr'02

    EMC targets fixed content market with new platform

    Storage giant EMC is after the fixed content market. The company debuted a new hardware and software platform aimed at protecting and storing massive amounts of unchanged data throughout its life cycle.

  • March 27, 2002 27 Mar'02

    HDS brings FICON connectivity to its mainframe storage systems

    Hitachi Data Systems has followed IBM's lead and is now offering native FICON connectivity for the Hitachi Freedom Storage Lightning 9900.

  • October 17, 2001 17 Oct'01

    EMC says it's still major storage provider to Wal-Mart

    EMC is saying that reports claiming IBM has displaced them at Wal-Mart is greatly exaggerated.

  • September 18, 2000 18 Sep'00

    Quick Takes: Integrations relations

  • July 25, 2000 25 Jul'00

    EMC's Data General beefs up AViiON 'in-a-box' packages

  • April 24, 2000 24 Apr'00

    CNT announces SAN over IP