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Stories by Lucas Mearian

  • Switch maker introduces a 'Data Center Fabric' architecture

    Brocade Communication Systems announced that it is developing what it calls a Data Center Fabric architecture, a product strategy built around optimized server and storage virtualization, application services and policy-based automation that will materialize over the next six months with new products in five categories.

  • Universal data retention specification demonstrated

    Vendors such as EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems and Vignette will demonstrate this week their software interfaces for a new specification that offers a universal way for users to store and access unchanging or fixed data regardless of the application that created it.

  • Users want more disk backup -- right now

    Fed up with slow tape backup systems and under pressure by regulators and auditors to keep data online and readily available, large and midsize businesses are making disk-to-disk backup technology a top priority in their data centers this year.

  • Clustered NEC arrays scale from gigabytes to a petabyte

    Taking a cue from its supercomputing legacy, NEC Corporation of America Wednesday introduced a series of storage arrays that achieve new benchmarks in scalability, performance and availability for the storage vendor by scaling from a terabyte to a petabyte nondisruptively and offering different hard drive classes in the same enclosure.

  • Intel stomps into flash memory

    Intel has entered the solid-state drive market with its first NAND flash memory product. The Intel Z-U130 Value Solid-State Drive represents a challenge to Samsung, which is the world's largest producer of NAND flash memory for hardware and gadgets such as USB flash drives.

  • 64 DVDs on a disc: holographic storage to ship

    InPhase Technologies announced Monday it will start bulk shipments of the industry's first holographic disc drive this July in a format able to store 300GB of uncompressed data on a single platter. That capacity will expand to 1.6TB per disc within three years, the company said.

  • Multivendor SAN management standard gains ISO approval

    A specification designed to help multivendor storage systems interoperate, freeing up the movement of data and giving IT managers a single view of their environment, has been designated a standard by the international standards community.

  • Symantec's CIO on piracy, new licensing portal

    Symantec launched a new online software licensing program on Nov. 6, about the same time it unveiled Veritas Backup Exec 11d. Users are complaining that they have to wait for Backup Exec upgrade notices because of a backlog of people trying to register on the new licensing site. Symantec's CIO, David Thompson, and public relations manager, Cris Paden, told Computerworld that the new licensing system is necessary to help thwart a "humongous" piracy ring that has been costing Symantec more than US$10 million every year. Excerpts from the interview follow:

  • The 300GB DVD debuts

    Hitachi Maxell this week plans to demonstrate a 300GB version of a holographic optical disc that will be available to select customers in the entertainment industry beginning next month.

  • SNW - Users see commodity storage as blessing, curse

    Small to midsize companies can expect to see a significant drop in storage hardware costs over the next year as big name vendors such as Dell and Intel produce standardized equipment in an effort to further commoditize the industry.