Stories by Lucas Mearian

Securities firms seek integration tools

Hundreds of IT executives from Wall Street's largest financial firms converged on the US Securities Industry Association's (SIA) Technology Management Conference this week, looking for better ways to make the most out of what they already have.

Startup challenges EMC with e-mail archiving technology

Start-up Persist Technologies Inc. is releasing archiving and search software that it said uses digital certificates and commodity blade servers to address federal regulations governing the retention of e-mail messages by financial services firms.

Brocade bolsters security in Fabric Manager

Brocade Communications Systems Inc. Monday announced the release to resellers of its fourth-generation Fabric Manager software, which now provides policy-based management, a dashboard-type topology view of a storage-area network (SAN) and better security through encryption and authentication.

Nasdaq's CIO looks to streamline systems

In an effort to whittle down the number of IT platforms it needs to support, The Nasdaq Stock Market Inc. is looking to consolidate systems and networks through a series of moves that will include shifting some applications from Unix servers to Linux boxes.

NetApp to sell iSCSI array

Network Appliance Inc. this week announced plans to release a new iSCSI-enabled storage appliance in the next few weeks that will be the first of a new product line targeting remote offices and workgroups for backups.

IBM to release Shark upgrades

IBM Tuesday announced several upcoming enhancements to its flagship storage array, the Enterprise Storage Server Model 800, including long distance data mirroring or peer-to-peer remote copy (PPRC) without the use of snapshot, an additional 6.9TB of standby capacity and a new version of its FlashCopy software.

Veritas to port software to Cisco, Brocade switches

Veritas Software yesterday said it will put its virtualisation software and storage resource management (SRM) software onto network storage switches from Cisco Systems by the end of the year and on switches from Brocade Communications Systems sometime after that.

Senior execs looking for business-savvy IT managers

Business executives from a group of financial services firms last week shared a basic idea about how CIOs can deliver returns on IT projects: For starters, they said, IT managers have to be able to read an income statement.

StorageTek's EchoView focuses attention on restores

Storage Technology this week announced that it's set to ship an iSCSI appliance that will continually track all writes from attached servers to disk storage to ensure that they can be restored to disk in case of data corruption.

IBM's Zisman weighs in on Storage Tank

It's been four years since IBM announced its Storage Tank platform, a SAN-based file system designed to enable multiple application servers to access and share files in a single name space across multiple disk arrays. The company's forthcoming line of StorageTank products -- which is expected to include a global file system, storage resource management and hardware virtualization or disk array pooling -- will launch in 2003 and will include policy-based automation. In a recent interview with Computerworld, Mike Zisman, IBM's vice president of corporate strategy, said the first product will be a block virtualization appliance that launches soon, with file virtualization coming along in the latter half of the year.

Managers ready to start storage virtualization push

With major vendors starting to offer storage virtualization technology, many IT managers at last week's Storage Networking World conference in the US said they're ready to begin testing the waters in hopes of increasing their storage capacity utilization rates and automating more operations.

SNIA publishes storage interoperability standard

After years of foot-dragging by vendors reluctant to write their management software to standards, the storage industry has come together around an open management software interface that promises to help users view and more centrally control enterprisewide storage-area networks (SAN).

Virtualisation on the tech check list

With at least four major vendors selling or getting ready to release virtualisation products to pool storage for easier allocation and management, users at Storage Networking World in the US yesterday said now is the time to be testing the technology.