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  • 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.

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  • 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

    Credibility

    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.

  • January 31, 2003 31 Jan'03

    Inside the new Symmetrix

    Inside the new Symmetrix

  • June 17, 2002 17 Jun'02

    Clear answers to ROI questions

    For years storage professionals have been scratching their heads wondering how to get the best return on their investments. It's a difficult question to answer, but not impossible. Consultants Bruce Scheer and John Berry are experts in helping ...

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