Stories by Lucas Mearian

  • New storage products to double backup speed

    Several storage vendors are testing new devices that could double the throughput of Fibre Channel storage-area networks (SAN) and network-attached storage boxes from the current 2Gbit/sec. rate.

  • IBM targets EMC, competitors for storage changeouts

    IBM Wednesday announced a services program designed to lure EMC customers onto IBM storage systems with the promise that migrating data from older to newer storage servers will be nondisruptive and offer a total cost of ownership savings.

  • EMC taps database archiving tool

    In a bid to shore up a key piece of its information life-cycle management (ILM) strategy, EMC Monday will announce a software partnership aimed at letting IT managers reduce the size of databases by moving old data to other storage devices.

  • Veritas releases major software upgrades

    Veritas Software has announced major upgrades to its flagship storage backup products that are designed to set the stage for utility computing, tackle the management of data in an automated, policy-based manner and address regulatory compliance needs.

  • ILM tools appealing but remain distant

    IT managers are intrigued by new technology designed to automatically manage data from creation to deletion. But many users at last week's Storage Networking World Fall 2003 conference in Orlando cautioned that so-called information life-cycle management approaches will require years of development.

  • Mapping the storage road

    Bob Schultz took over as HP’s vice-president and general manager of network storage solutions in May, and since then several high-profile executives have defected to key competitor, EMC. Among those who left are head of worldwide marketing and solutions at network storage solutions, Mark Lewis, and HP’s senior vice-president of business management and operations for its enterprise systems group, Howard Elias. Schultz recently spoke with Lucas Mearian about the effect those departures have had on talent and morale at HP as well as the company’s storage road map.

  • Interoperability push expected at storage conference

    At this week's Storage Networking World Fall 2003 conference, vendors such as Hewlett-Packard and Brocade Communications Systems plan to unveil technology that's designed to support increased interoperability between storage devices.

  • Bob Schultz, HP network storage solutions GM

    Bob Schultz took over as Hewlett-Packard's vice president and general manager of network storage solutions in May, and since then several high-profile executives have defected to key competitor EMC. Among those who left are Mark Lewis, head of worldwide marketing and solutions at network storage solutions, and Howard Elias, who was HP's senior vice president of business management and operations for its enterprise systems group.

  • Hitachi Data revamps high-end arrays

    Hitachi Data Systems Corp. (HDS) Wednesday announced major upgrades to its two highest-end storage arrays, including software that allows the systems to mimic optical disks' WORM (write once, read many) capability. The changes are both an attempt to meet new regulatory requirements and compete with similar functionality offered by rival EMC Corp.

  • Tape technology stretches out

    Like many IT executives, Eric Eriksen, chief technology officer at New York-based Deloitte Consulting, would like tape to just go away. The added cost of managing tape backup systems, slow and unreliable restoration, cartridge inventorying and off-site storage headaches have him hoping that cheap disk drives may someday replace 50-year-old tape technology in the data center.

  • Plugging storage security holes

    Storage systems weren’t designed with security in mind. They started out as direct-attached, so if the host was secure, the storage was too. That’s all changed.

  • IBM to resell Cisco storage switch

    IBM has became the first major vendor to announce it will begin reselling Cisco Systems' MDS 9000 IP storage modules, which allow users to plug remote storage devices into storage-area networks (SAN) via the iSCSI protocol and tunnel between SANs using the FCIP protocol.

  • EMC buys out BMC storage software

    EMC has announced that it will acquire the rights to BMC Software's Patrol Storage Manager, taking over support for users of the defunct product as well as offering a transition for BMC customers to EMC's own Control Center storage resource management software.

  • Microsoft releases iSCSI initiator

    Microsoft has released its iSCSI initiator, giving the IP storage standard a much-needed shot in the arm and vendors the green light to begin full-fledged rollouts of storage devices that can back up Windows servers across LANs and WANs.

  • Veritas completes Precise acquisition for $US609m

    Veritas Software has announced that it has completed a $US609 million buyout of Precise Software Solutions, a maker of performance management software, ending a recent round of acquisitions that it hopes will move it closer to being able to offer its customers automated, utility-style storage.