Stories by Lucas Mearian

EMC touts latest in line of midrange arrays

In its ongoing move to sink its teeth into the midrange array marketplace, EMC on Monday announced the latest in a line of 2G bit/sec. Fibre Channel arrays, a follow-on to its first new midrange array, announced in August.

IBM readies software to monitor storage

Taking advantage of its August acquisition of TrelliSoft Corp., IBM Corp. this week plans to introduce storage resource management software that lets IT managers track usage of disk and tape devices made by multiple vendors.

SIA hopes to keep momentum going for Wall Street STP

In the first meeting since changing the securities industry's focus in July from next-day settlement of trades to rolling out straight-through processing (STP) technology and rules, Wall Street executives yesterday told member firms that spending on technology to improve efficiency is needed now more than ever.

NetApp bridges the SAN/NAS gap with new filers

Network Appliance Inc. yesterday took its first plunge into the storage-area network (SAN) marketplace with a new server series and software edition that can perform file-level or block-level data transfers using the same disk pool, greatly reducing management headaches and wasted storage space.

IBM introduces Tivoli Storage Resource Manager

Taking advantage of its recent acquisition of TrelliSoft Corp., IBM Corp. next week plans to introduce its first storage resource management software to offer advanced features such as 300 preset reports, chargeback and load balancing -- all based on open standards.

StorageTek to unveil its fastest tape cartridge, drive

Storage Technology Corp. next week plans to announce a new high-end disk array and the industry's fastest, largest-capacity tape drive, capable of holding 200GB of data with transfer rates of 30M bytes/sec. -- double that of today's drives.

CA introduces multivendor storage management software

Computer Associates International Inc. announced this week a storage management application that discovers devices on a storage-area network (SAN), automates backups across multivendor platforms and works from a Web portal -- giving it the ability to consolidate the management of remote office storage environments.

Insurers look at wireless technology, but with caution

Some insurance industry IT managers who attended this week's LOMA Emerging Technology Conference here said they have set their sights on wireless devices that they hope could help reduce claims processing time and paperwork.

Midrange storage market booming

In the midst of continued corporate IT belt-tightening, storage vendors are fighting one another over sales in the burgeoning midrange market as users look for small but powerful disk arrays that can centralize their storage and scale across distributed networks.

First InfiniBand switch hits the market

The industry's first switch that supports InfiniBand technology, which is aimed at reducing the complexity of server clustering and increasing I/O throughput speeds, begins shipping next week.

Microsoft introduces storage management software

Microsoft on Thursday announced its own version of storage management software that will allow Windows 2000 servers and .Net servers to communicate with storage arrays across multiple devices supported by more than a dozen leading storage vendors.

iSCSI specification complete, clears way for products

The draft specification for transmitting SCSI commands over IP networks has passed the final hurdle on its journey toward ratification, opening the door for vendors to begin shipping products based on the technology blueprint.

NAS keeps it simple

Two years ago, with its oil exploration and production data doubling every 18 months, TotalFinaElf E&P USA Inc. considered building a storage-area network (SAN). It had more than 18TB of shared data directly attached to more than 50 servers at its Houston headquarters, and it wanted to make it centrally accessible and easy to manage.

Cisco hits Fibre Channel market

Cisco Systems, the 800-pound gorilla of networking, said today that it's jumping into the Fibre Channel storage-area network (SAN) box with its own switches and directors, posing the first major challenge to Brocade Systems and McData, which have held nearly 100 percent of the switch marketplace since Fibre Channel's inception.