Stories by Lucas Mearian

  • 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.

  • Microsoft introduces storage management software

    Microsoft has announced its own version of storage management software that will allow Windows 2000 servers and .Net servers to communicate with storage arrays across multiple devices supported by more than a dozen leading storage vendors.

  • Unisys moves into storage management software

    Following an industry-wide trend toward storage abstraction, Unisys on Tuesday announced a new storage appliance that pools disk storage from various vendor products on a storage-area network and serves it up to clients or backs it up as if from a single source.

  • Cisco mounts storage offensive

    Cisco Systems, the 800-pound gorilla of networking, said last week that it's jumping into the Fibre Channel storage area network arena with its own switches and directors. The move poses the first major challenge to Brocade Communications Systems and McData, which together claim about 86 per cent of the switch marketplace.

  • Sun unveils new standards-based storage software

    Sun Microsystems this week plans to introduce advances to its storage-area network (SAN) management software, including the first use of two standards that are the cornerstone of an industry-wide effort to bridge the interoperability gap in multi-vendor SANs.

  • PC disk drive technology heads to data centres

    For companies seeking to store mission-critical data, disk arrays configured with SCSI-attached drives have typically been the only game in town. Lower-cost drives based on the Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA) standard, while plentiful in PCs, lacked the performance and reliability needed at the data centre level.