Stories by Lucas Mearian

  • Brocade bolsters security in Fabric Manager

    Brocade Communications Systems has announced the release to resellers of its fourth-generation Fabric Manager software, that now provides policy-based management, a dashboard-type topology view of a storage-area network (SAN) and better security through encryption and authentication.

  • Serial ATA takes on SCSI

    Low-cost Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA) disk arrays are already gaining ground in near-line storage and disk-to-disk back-up applications, but a faster class of drive arrays that uses the new Serial ATA interface standard is likely to challenge SCSI for high-performance applications, as well.

  • Disk arrays gain in use for secondary storage

    Relatively inexpensive secondary disk storage is gaining a significant foothold in corporate data centres, according to a survey of more than 1000 IT managers that's due to be released next month. But the survey also shows that a large majority of data is still backed up and archived the traditional way: on tape.

  • EMC to launch new Windows-based NAS line

    EMC has announced licensing agreements with Microsoft that will lead to the introduction of a new family of Windows-powered network-attached storage (NAS) products as well as a single management interface for both EMC and Microsoft NAS servers.

  • IDC: Storage market grew 12 per cent in Q4

    Hewlett-Packard and IBM lead the marketplace in overall storage sales in a marketplace that grew 12 per cent sequentially in the fourth quarter, despite an overall slump for the year, IDC reported.

  • Veritas looks to diversify

    The second-largest vendor of storage management software, Veritas Software, is planning to expand into other IT management technologies so it can better compete against more diversified rivals such as EMC, Computer Associates International and IBM.

  • Western Digital unveils ATA disk with SCSI speed

    Leveraging an economy of scale built on the manufacturing of 40 million disk drives per year, Western Digital has developed an ATA drive that rivals the speed and performance of SCSI drives at a 30 per cent cost savings.

  • HP to resell Cisco's switches

    Hewlett-Packard has become the second major vendor to officially announce that it will resell Cisco Systems' new line of Fibre Channel switches. Although the announcement is no surprise to industry watchers, it's nevertheless a major milestone in Cisco's planned entry into the storage-area network (SAN) marketplace.

  • EMC heralds uptick in earnings

    EMC has announced better-than-expected preliminary earnings for its fourth quarter -- good news it credited to an uptick in customer spending, particularly in the area of midrange storage arrays.

  • IBM inks reseller agreement for new Cisco switches

    Cisco Systems has announced that IBM will be its first reseller of a new line of switches that marks its foray into the Fibre Channel marketplace. The move sounds a loud bell in the mounting fight for billions of dollars in market share with industry leaders Brocade Communications Systems, McData and Inrange Technologies.

  • Veritas buys two software companies for $600M

    Seeking to buy into the emerging US$11 billion storage resource management marketplace, storage vendor Veritas Software announced Thursday that it will purchase Precise Software Solutions and Jareva Technologies to gain application performance management and server-provisioning capabilities on its own software suites.

  • Quantum outlines road map to profitability

    Quantum has laid out a four-year road map that it believes will take it back to profitability by next quarter and produce a tape drive by 2006 with more than six times the capacity and throughput of its current super digital linear tape (SDLT) product.

  • NetApp bridges the SAN/NAS gap with new filers

    Network Appliance has taken 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.