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  • October 13, 2010 13 Oct'10

    EMC Greenplum Data Computing Appliance (DCA) takes on Oracle Exadata

    EMC Greenplum Data Computing Appliance (DCA) brings vendor to data warehouse appliance market to challenge Oracle Exadata, Netezza TwinFin 12, Teradata 2580.

  • 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 ...

  • September 27, 2010 27 Sep'10

    Hitachi Data Systems releases Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) enterprise storage array

    Hitachi Data Systems upgrades its high-end storage array; Virtual Storage Platform (VSP) scales higher than its previous system and supports more granular tiering and provisioning.

  • September 24, 2010 24 Sep'10

    USA.NET eliminates LUN problem with scale-out NAS

    Email hosting company ran into problems with millions of small files required large LUNs, but streamlined performance and storage management with Isilon's scale-out NAS systems.

  • September 03, 2010 03 Sep'10

    Hewlett-Packard beats Dell, pays $2.35 billion for 3PAR

    Hewlett-Packard outbids Dell and will pay $2.35 billion for storage array vendor 3PAR; HP needs to determine where 3PAR's products fit in its storage strategy while Dell considers its next move.

  • August 26, 2010 26 Aug'10

    Gluster prepares clustered NAS virtual appliance for VMware

    Open source storage startup Gluster turns its clustered NAS offering into a virtual appliance. Takes the approach that NAS is better way to store virtual machine images.

  • July 19, 2010 19 Jul'10

    Does Nimble dedupe?

    Nimble Storage Thursday came out of stealth with a storage system that the startup’s executives said combines primary storage with deduplication for backup in the same device. It makes sense that ...

  • July 12, 2010 12 Jul'10

    Are value-added resellers (VARs) an SMB's best friend?

    If SMBs do the right research, a VAR, or channel partner, can often provide the IT assistance they need.

  • 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.

  • May 10, 2010 10 May'10

    EMC releases VPlex "active-active" storage

    This morning's big announcement at EMC World is called VPlex, which EMC says will allow for federation of data over geographic distance. VPlex was first publicly discussed at last year's VMWorld ...

  • April 07, 2010 07 Apr'10

    NetApp buys Bycast for object storage

    Two weeks after Dell revealed plans to develop an object storage system, NetApp today disclosed its object storage strategy by acquiring privately held Canadian vendor Bycast. Bycast’s StorageGrid ...

  • April 05, 2010 05 Apr'10

    Mastering NAS management: A network-attached storage case study

    Simply having a series of NAS devices is not an efficient way to manage your data. Find out how some companies are mastering NAS management.

  • March 16, 2010 16 Mar'10

    LSI delivers Flash-based PCIe card with 6 Gbps SAS interface

    LSI PCIe card – with Seagate solid state modules -- will compete with Fusion-io cards in a solid-state storage market moving past its latest hype cycle; LSI also launches 6 Gbps SAS switch for direct attached storage (DAS).

  • March 15, 2010 15 Mar'10

    Interlock Technology looks to ease EMC Centera data migration through XAM

    The startup has sprung up to offer data migration services to EMC Centera customers, using the XAM interface to extract archived data with metadata and compliance policies intact.

  • March 08, 2010 08 Mar'10

    The pros and cons of removable disk storage for small businesses

    Removable disk storage is making its way back into data storage environments. Find out what the pros and cons are for disk compared to tape.

  • February 16, 2010 16 Feb'10

    HP refreshes and renames MSA, LeftHand platfroms

    This should be a busy year for Hewlett-Packard storage, with upgrades expected to each of its major SAN array platforms. HP started that process today by launching two new systems at the low-end of ...

  • February 10, 2010 10 Feb'10

    Riverbed Steelhead 7050 uses solid-state drives to boost WAN performance

    Riverbed incorporates solid state drives into its new SteelHead 7050 WAN optimization appliance, as well as a new approach to data protection to speed performance for data replication and high-end disaster recovery.

  • January 22, 2010 22 Jan'10

    PCI compliance prompts credit firm to move Windows data archiving to KOM Networks KOMpliance

    After struggling with a Linux-based Hitachi Data Systems data archiving system, credit report firm finds KOM Networks' KOMpliance a better fit for its PCI compliance efforts.

  • January 13, 2010 13 Jan'10

    Vendors take different approaches to automated tiered storage software for solid-state drives

    Compellent says real-time automated tiered storage is stymied by disk drive transfer rates, but EMC and Avere say their software can overcome that limitation.

  • January 11, 2010 11 Jan'10

    Compellent Storage Center 5 adds portable volume option for replication

    Compellent's Storage Center SAN will update a portable hard drive for customers with limited replication bandwidth; also adds virtual ports, SAS, RAID 6, and consistency groups.

  • September 14, 2009 14 Sep'09

    Network-attached storage (NAS) performance issues with SMBs can be avoided with proper planning

    SMBs often run into NAS performance issues and unexpected problems, which can often be avoided with proper planning.

  • September 08, 2009 08 Sep'09

    Low-cost MLC NAND flash gains in enterprise solid-state storage

    New specialty NAND flash devices from Fusion-io and enterprise MLC from STEC are seen as solid-state storage alternatives to higher cost SLC, but wide performance gulf remains.

  • September 07, 2009 07 Sep'09

    Fibre Channel switch options for SMBs

    Recently, the Fibre Channel industry has become more attractive and affordable for SMBs. This article explores FC switch considerations and products for SMBs.

  • June 17, 2009 17 Jun'09

    Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) expands thin provisioning with Storage Reclamation Service and Hitachi Dy

    Hitachi Data Systems' thin provisioning now supports midrange disk arrays, an HDS Storage Reclamation Service feature and a new Hitachi Dynamic Provisioning assessment service.

  • June 11, 2009 11 Jun'09

    New data archiving products focus on software-only delivery, cloud integration

    Emerging data archiving products focus on software-only delivery and grid architecture, latch onto cloud integration and look for alternatives to SQL databases for indexing.

  • June 05, 2009 05 Jun'09

    IDC: Storage spending fell off a cliff in first quarter

    This had been apparent from the earnings reports of the major storage vendors, but it's still startling to see the numbers all lined up at once: analyst firm IDC released its worldwide quarterly ...

  • June 03, 2009 03 Jun'09

    SSD trends in enterprise storage

    Find out why solid-state drives (SSDs) are rapidly becoming a major factor in enterprise data storage arrays, and what you need to know about the multifaceted technology. Learn about SSD trends and future directions in this tutorial.

  • May 29, 2009 29 May'09

    Brocade slams Cisco in SAN switching, gains in Fibre Channel director market

    Fibre Channel switch revenues dropped like other storage product areas last quarter, but Cisco's sales fell much more than those of its rival Brocade.

  • May 01, 2009 01 May'09

    QLogic buys NetXen for 10 Gigabit Ethernet silicon

    QLogic acquires startup NetXen for $21 million to acquire 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GbE) iSCSI offload for its converged network adapter (CNA) strategy.

  • April 27, 2009 27 Apr'09

    Behind the scenes at Carbonite's online backup service

    Carbonite CEO David Friend in his Boston-area office "Do-it-yourself" infrastructure is a competitive differentiator among providers of storage services, I've learned in conversations with ...

  • April 08, 2009 08 Apr'09

    Explaining the Electronic Discovery Reference Model

    The Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) divides the e-discovery process into six areas and identifies the functions associated with each one.

  • April 07, 2009 07 Apr'09

    Brocade rolls out FCoE switch, adapters

    After taking a conservative approach to FCoE, Brocade gets into the game with its long-anticipated switch and adapters for converged networks.

  • March 18, 2009 18 Mar'09

    EMC strengthens Iomega NAS

    EMC adds remote-access capabilities, direct torrent downloading, folder quotas, and support for jumbo frames and Apple File Protocol to its Iomega StorCenter ix2 NAS device.

  • March 03, 2009 03 Mar'09

    Storage best practices for virtual server environments

    Measuring and tuning storage performance has grown more challenging with the proliferation of virtual servers. Learn how RiskMetrics Group has adapted to its changing environment, and best practices for managing storage in virtual server ...

  • January 26, 2009 26 Jan'09

    What are clustered storage architectures?

    Learn more about clustered storage architectures and the various vendor products on the market.

  • January 15, 2009 15 Jan'09

    SSDs: Your mileage almost certainly will vary

    Maybe this is what happens with any brand-new technology, but so far there's been such wide variability in the solid-state drives that have been announced for the enterprise since EMC added STEC ...

  • January 05, 2009 05 Jan'09

    EMC acquires open-source assets from SourceLabs

    EMC has confirmed it acquired assets, including people, from SourceLabs for its cloud computing group, but hasn't provided details about how the assets will be used.

  • December 09, 2008 09 Dec'08

    NetApp discontinues replication app

    NetApp today quietly pulled the plug on its SnapMirror for Open Systems (SMOS) heterogeneous data replication software, acquired from startup Topio for $160 million in 2006. In a press release ...

  • October 29, 2008 29 Oct'08

    IDC: Unstructured data will become the primary task for storage

    According to a new IDC Enterprise Disk Storage Consumption Model report released this week, transaction-intensive applications are giving way as the main segment of enterprise data to an expanded ...

  • 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.

  • August 15, 2008 15 Aug'08

    NetApp expert says pNFS not necessarily VMware solution

    After my article the other day about storage pros hoping for a VMware performance boost from pNFS, part of the new NFS 4.1 standard currently being ratified by IETF, I came across a response from ...

  • 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.

  • June 10, 2008 10 Jun'08

    SSDs vs. 20,000 rpm drives: Who wins? I do!

    It's been a while since I've been able to spend some quality time behind the keyboard, I've been suffering from a gigantic "honey-do" list and it was difficult for me to use some huge work ...

  • April 08, 2008 08 Apr'08

    EMC acquires Iomega, creates consumer storage division

    After chasing its consumer storage partner for two weeks, EMC finally acquired Iomega and its strong consumer channels for about $213 million.

  • April 03, 2008 03 Apr'08

    All you need to know about storage area network switches

    Today, many storage area network switches provide powerful features that can help administrators organize and manage the storage network, including storage virtualization, provisioning/zoning, ISL trunking, performance planning and security features...

  • March 31, 2008 31 Mar'08

    Storage area network connectivity overview

    Each switch and storage system on the storage area network (SAN) must be interconnected -- usually through optical fiber or copper cabling -- and the physical interconnections must support bandwidth levels that can adequately handle the peak data ...

  • March 20, 2008 20 Mar'08

    Mendocino Software, R.I.P.

    Not all storage startups either went public or got acquired for big bucks over the past two years. Mendocino Software sold little of its  continuous data protection (CDP) software and found no ...

  • March 20, 2008 20 Mar'08

    Storage managers explain their different paths to data archiving

    Storage managers who use disk-based, tape-based and hosted data archive products discuss the pros and cons of each approach.

  • February 22, 2008 22 Feb'08

    3PAR supports SATA disk drives

    3PAR claims it will support SATA without a reduction in performance; Pillar to ship application-aware thin provisioning; Incipient gets $15.6 million in new funding.

  • February 21, 2008 21 Feb'08

    EMC buys Pi and forms a cloud computing group

    EMC acquired Pi Corp., a company with Microsoft roots that was still in stealth, and has formed a new cloud computing business unit around it.

  • January 02, 2008 02 Jan'08

    Tutorial on network-attached storage

    The primary advantage of NAS devices is that network storage is no longer limited to the number of disks in a local server. With storage no longer limited by the number of disks that a server can hold, a NAS product can hold numerous disks (and can ...

  • December 31, 2007 31 Dec'07

    Top 10 technology IPOs of 2007

    The market for tech IPOs heated up in 2007, and while EMC spinoff VMware attracted investors beyond anyone's expectations, other stocks tailed off late in the year.

  • October 31, 2007 31 Oct'07

    Iron Mountain acquires Stratify for $158M

    Iron Mountain will add legal processing to its e-discovery services through the purchase of its legal review partner.

  • October 30, 2007 30 Oct'07

    EMC acquires ITIL startup Voyence

    EMC will integrate Voyence's network configuration and change management software with ECC and Smarts to create al data center management framework.

  • October 24, 2007 24 Oct'07

    Clustered storage vendor Isilon hot-swaps CEOs

    Beset by disappointing sales since it went public last December, Isilon turns to founder Sujal Patel as its CEO.

  • 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, ...

  • September 27, 2007 27 Sep'07

    Storage administrators tackle block virtualization

    At Storage Decisions, users struggled with the question of where storage virtualization should take place: in a switch, an appliance or the storage array itself.

  • August 16, 2007 16 Aug'07

    HDS, HP simplify high-end disk array pricing

    Users of the new USP-V disk array from HDS and the XP24000 disk array from HP will now pay less for attaching external storage, as well as capacity.

  • August 09, 2007 09 Aug'07

    EMC buys Tablus for data classification and security

    The acquisition, announced today, allows EMC's InfoScape file management product more widespread data classification and security capabilities, the company says.

  • July 31, 2007 31 Jul'07

    Users make iSCSI SANs with USB keys

    Users say that Open-E's iSCSI SAN software, which is delivered on a USB stick, is more affordable than prepackaged systems and has more support than free iSCSI target products.

  • July 11, 2007 11 Jul'07

    IBM washes hands of IceCube storage project

    IBM is spinning out its long overdue next-generation storage system, code-named IceCube, and is seeking $15 million in funding to commercialize the product.

  • June 26, 2007 26 Jun'07

    Iron Mountain buys Accutrac for records management

    Continuing its effort to reinvent itself as an online backup and records management company, Iron Mountain announces its second acquisition in this market in as many months.

  • June 08, 2007 08 Jun'07

    Introduction to SAN technology

    SANs overcome the problems of traditional network storage by moving storage resources off the common user network and reorganizing those storage components into an independent, high-performance network. SANs also support storage features such as ...

  • June 08, 2007 08 Jun'07

    Introduction to network attached storage (NAS)

    NAS offers accessibility and performance that falls between server storage and SAN storage. Multiple NAS boxes can be added to the LAN as needed for additional network storage but every NAS box will require some amount of routine management work. As...

  • June 01, 2007 01 Jun'07

    WAN storage guide -- Chapter 1: WAN basics

    It's easy to get WAN connectivity, but getting the right connectivity requires knowledge of WAN essentials such as bandwidth, cost, latency and reliability.

  • May 21, 2007 21 May'07

    IBM chief engineer talks green storage

    IBM engineer Clod Barrera discusses the growing energy crisis in storage, the need for better power efficiency metrics and the future for "green" products.

  • April 12, 2007 12 Apr'07

    ISCSI for beginners

    iSCSI is an Internet Protocol (IP)-based storage networking standard for linking data storage facilities. Learns the basics in this fast guide.

  • 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 05, 2007 05 Feb'07

    HDS to acquire Archivas for up to $120M

    HDS will acquire archiving software partner Archivas for close to $120 million, stepping up its effort to compete with EMC in this market.

  • January 30, 2007 30 Jan'07

    Hybrid drives hit NAS boxes

    DNF will be making hybrid drives available in all of its storage products, but it doesn't recommend them for IP SANs.

  • January 18, 2007 18 Jan'07

    Brocade migration tool does the trick for EMC user

    The University of New Mexico Hospital first tried EMC's SANCopy to migrate data off of an old Xiotech array, but ended up having to use Brocade's Data Migration Manager instead.

  • December 13, 2006 13 Dec'06

    Mixing SAS and SATA disk drives can cause problems

    Mixing SAS and SATA disk drives in the same enclosure can cause interoperability issues, but vendors are finding workarounds.

  • August 08, 2006 08 Aug'06

    Brocade acquires McData, stands up to Cisco

    Brocade has finally acquired McData for $713 million, a deal that's been in the cards since Cisco entered the market in 2001.

  • 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 16, 2006 16 Jun'06

    Best practices in data warehouse storage infrastructures

    Today's business isn't just about putting products on the market. It's about getting the right product to the right consumer at the right time. But such precision requires much more than a solid product and keen business sense -- it takes business ...

  • June 08, 2006 08 Jun'06

    RAID levels and RAID configuration tutorial

    Learn about RAID levels, RAID grouping and RAID arrays in this overview of RAID technology.

  • June 08, 2006 08 Jun'06

    Introduction to data storage management

    Storage is a resource, and it must be allocated and managed as a resource in order to truly benefit a corporation. Successful data storage management strategies leverage a suite of tools to configure, provision, archive and report storage activities...

  • May 12, 2006 12 May'06

    Thin provisioning, coined by 3Pardata, raises eyebrows

    Users experience mixed results using a feature pioneered by 3Pardata called thin provisioning, a quick way to add storage capacity to an application.

  • May 08, 2006 08 May'06

    Buyer's Guide: Data classification tools

    Automated tools play an important role in the data classification process. Many tools allow administrators to discover the data resources that are available, apply uniform classification rules to data across the entire enterprise, create and manage ...

  • March 31, 2006 31 Mar'06

    HP storage chief blasts EMC

    Bob Schultz, GM of HP's storage business, says EMC's partnership with Dell is uncertain at best, and the company's major acquisitions have not burned up the market.

  • March 10, 2006 10 Mar'06

    Storage performance testing - User perspectives

    Knowing how a system will run in the data center -- and predicting its limitations in your particular environment -- is absolutely essential for storage managers. Solid performance data can be an invaluable guide for making new acquisitions, ...

  • March 10, 2006 10 Mar'06

    Storage performance testing - Strengths and weakneses

    Knowing how a system will run in the data center -- and predicting its limitations in your particular environment -- is absolutely essential for storage managers. Solid performance data can be an invaluable guide for making new acquisitions, ...

  • March 10, 2006 10 Mar'06

    Storage performance testing - An overview

    Knowing how a system will run in the data center -- and predicting its limitations in your particular environment -- is absolutely essential for storage managers. Solid performance data can be an invaluable guide for making new acquisitions, ...

  • March 10, 2006 10 Mar'06

    Storage performance testing - Introduction

    Knowing how a system will run in the data center -- and predicting its limitations in your particular environment -- is absolutely essential for storage managers. Solid performance data can be an invaluable guide for making new acquisitions, ...

  • February 04, 2006 04 Feb'06

    SAN zoning resource guide

    Learn about SAN zoning, the various methods and how to troubleshoot in this fast guide loaded with relevant storage articles.

  • November 02, 2005 02 Nov'05

    Data classification: An overview

    Corporate information resources regularly stretch into the terabytes (thousands of gigabytes) with many thousands (even millions) of individual files to contend with -- but the problem is now far more complex than simply "finding files". Finding ...

  • November 02, 2005 02 Nov'05

    Data classification: The vendors

    Corporate information resources regularly stretch into the terabytes (thousands of gigabytes) with many thousands (even millions) of individual files to contend with -- but the problem is now far more complex than simply "finding files". Finding ...

  • November 02, 2005 02 Nov'05

    Data classification emerging as an essential business/IT practice

    Corporate information resources regularly stretch into the terabytes (thousands of gigabytes) with many thousands (even millions) of individual files to contend with -- but the problem is now far more complex than simply "finding files". Finding ...

  • October 19, 2005 19 Oct'05

    Customer value for features/characteristics

    This column originally appeared on TechTarget's Expert Answer Center as a post in Randy Kerns' blog. Randy served as the

  • October 19, 2005 19 Oct'05


    This column originally appeared on TechTarget's Expert Answer Center as a post in Randy Kerns' blog. Randy served as the

  • October 18, 2005 18 Oct'05

    An introduction to thin provisioning

    One of the more important but often misunderstood advancements within data storage is thin provisioning. This article defines and discusses thin provisioning, its economic impact and how it works.

  • September 13, 2005 13 Sep'05

    Netgear launches dirt-cheap IP SAN

    For as little as $150, small office users can buy an IP SAN from Netgear that doesn't require HBAs, RAID controllers or expensive disk drives.

  • August 17, 2005 17 Aug'05

    EMC acquires Rainfinity for file migration

    EMC has acquired network file migration startup Rainfinity to move files between heterogeneous NAS systems and to improve the scalability of its Celerra NAS box.

  • 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. ...

  • May 18, 2005 18 May'05

    Fast Guide: Storage basics

    Storage covers a lot of territory and it can be overwhelming for the beginner. In our Fast Guide: Storage basics, we break it down into categories -- and keep it simple. We start out with basic storage terms, then go on to management, networking and...

  • August 13, 2004 13 Aug'04

    HP storage sales tank

    HP blamed channel and pricing problems for its miserable storage earnings this week; analysts said its biggest problem is execution.

  • 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.

  • February 25, 2004 25 Feb'04

    Questions and answers from SAN School

    Storage area networks (SANs) have the ability to save a company money, hasten backups and help consolidate the data center. But, a SAN is not to be left alone. It's a complex, growing, breathing entity that constantly needs to be tweaked and ...

  • 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.

  • 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.