Stories by Lucas Mearian

  • New Cisco appliance consolidates backup

    Cisco Systems last week unveiled a file-based data-sharing appliance that can consolidate management of distributed file and print services within branch offices and move the local backup function to a central data center.

  • IBM builds Java system for NYSE

    New York Stock Exchange announced last week that it's rolling out a Java-based trading system that includes customized wireless handheld devices for traders. The new technology could mean the beginning of the end to the shouts of "Buy" and "Sell" that have long been the trademark of the nation's oldest and largest stock exchange.

  • HDS slides into midrange storage market

    Hitachi Data Systems announced last week that it has released its first all-Serial Advanced Technology Attachment array and has bundled it with switches and network interface cards to create a preconfigured low-to-midrange storage-area network (SAN).

  • HP revamps midrange storage line

    Hewlett-Packard on Wednesday announced several upgrades to its midrange storage products, including disk-to-disk or disk-to-tape backup functionality with its StorageWorks Data Protector software and its first array that can use both SCSI and Serial ATA disk.

  • NetApp updates Data ONTAP software

    Network Appliance this week brought out the latest version of its Data ONTAP software, which it said creates a grid storage architecture on its appliances by creating an abstraction layer between application servers, storage controllers and disk arrays.

  • Sun adds mix-and-match disk storage, multivendor software

    Sun Microsystems this week announced four storage products, including upgraded software with multivendor management capabilities and a pair of midrange storage devices that can mix and match Fibre Channel and Serial ATA disk drives within the same box.

  • Dell CEO: EMC pact could expand

    Dell has been a reseller and manufacturer of EMC low-end and midrange arrays since 2002. As the partnership grows and Dell's annual storage revenue passes the US$1.5 billion mark, Dell CEO Kevin Rollins must clearly define his company's role as a partner and potential competitor to EMC.

  • EMC unveils 'Storage Router'

    EMC this week unveiled its long-anticipated storage virtualization technology, which the company said will allow users to manage its own arrays -- and high-end boxes from major competitors -- through a single interface.

  • Dell CEO on EMC ties, storage standards

    Since 2002, Dell Inc. has had a solid partnership with EMC Corp. as a reseller and manufacturer of its low-end and midrange arrays. As that partnership continues to grow, and Dell's annual storage revenue exceeds the US$1.5 billion mark, Dell CEO Kevin Rollins is faced with clearly defining his company's role as an independent storage vendor that's not at odds with EMC.

  • ILM - a work in progress

    IT managers at a conference last week said they face daunting tasks in trying to implement information life-cycle management approaches, including classifying data based on its business value so it can be stored on different types of devices.

  • Users not ready to jump on the virtualization bandwagon

    When IBM announced its latest high-end and midrange disk storage systems last week, it also hyped its SAN Volume Controller (SVC) appliance for users to pool other vendors' storage behind their boxes as a way to create a single view of all storage and consolidate assets in a heterogeneous environment.

  • EMC buys backup software vendor

    EMC announced Tuesday that it has purchased Dantz Development in a multimillion-dollar deal that the storage vendor hopes will better position it to sell data backup technology in the small-to-medium-size-business market.

  • Storage Managers Seek Better Backup Methods

    Faced with shrinking backup windows and continued data growth, IT managers said at a conference last week that they're trying to cope by consolidating storage-area networks (SAN), getting a better view of their storage infrastructures and increasing the amount of online disk storage at their disposal.

  • Microsoft sets sights on disk-to-disk backup

    Microsoft has detailed plans to sell a disk-to-disk backup application designed to consolidate Windows server backups and cut the time needed to recover data when a server goes down. The move positions it against industry stalwarts such as Veritas Software and EMC's Legato division.