Stories by Lucas Mearian

  • NetApp to buy data encryption startup for US$272M

    Network Appliance said this week it intends to buy start-up Decru for US$272 million, giving legitimacy to a small but fast-growing market of storage security products. The move comes on the heels of many high-profile data thefts and losses in the financial services industry and other businesses that have spurred IT shops to begin deploying technology to encrypt archived data, analysts said.

  • Sun executive on the StorageTek acquisition

    Mark Canepa, executive vice president of Network Storage Products Group for Sun Microsystems, will be oversee the US$4.3 billion buyout of Storage Technology, and will likely lead the company once it becomes a part of Sun. Canepa spoke with Computerworld about how Sun plans to address StorageTek user concerns around service and support and product synergies.

  • NetApp announces high-performance midrange NAS

    Network Appliance announced two midrange network-attached storage (NAS) boxes with 50 percent better performance than its highest-end NAS boxes and four times the capacity of previous-generation midrange arrays. The boxes can also be configured with Serial Advanced Technology Attached (SATA) drives that NetApp said can be used for primary storage.

  • EMC midrange systems eat into Symmetrix sales

    EMC executives acknowledged this week that sales of the company's midrange storage systems are skyrocketing -- at the expense of revenue from EMC's high-end Symmetrix arrays, once the company's bread and butter.

  • EMC readies virtualization technology

    EMC at its annual users conference this week formally announced its storage virtualization technology, which will reside on products from the three leading switch vendors and will be generally available next quarter.

  • Large hospital chain deploys 'MAID' storage

    To say that Baptist Memorial Health Care's data storage needs are growing would be an understatement. In 2001, the hospital had 1.5TB of capacity on its storage-area network. By the end of its fiscal year this coming September, the Memphis-based health care organization expects to have 138TB on that same SAN. And it is projecting that its capacity needs will grow by five times over the next four years.

  • EMC bucks earnings trend with Q1 growth

    EMC Tuesday reported double-digit, year-over-year revenue growth for the seventh consecutive quarter, bucking a string of lower-than-expected first-quarter earnings announcements by other storage industry leaders such as IBM and Sun Microsystems.

  • New chips, standards expected at SNW event

    New intelligent network management chips, 4Gbit/sec. Fibre Channel technology and a multitude of iSCSI switches, controllers and network cards are anticipated at this week's Storage Networking World (SNW) show in Phoenix. Attendees can also expect an update on the status of several storage standards during the event.

  • Cisco announces new storage virtualisation module

    Cisco Systems is upgrading its line of multiprotocol storage switches to allow partner vendors to port their storage management software to a line card that enables across storage-area networks (SAN) functions such as long-distance data replication, volume management and point-in-time copies.

  • EMC targets SMB market with new packages

    EMC announced a new line of bundled networked storage packages targeting the midsize enterprise and small-to-medium-size business (SMB) marketplace that include lower pricing, a greater emphasis on channel sales and a Web portal tool that expedites the process of configuring and ordering products based on industry best practices.