Storage News Digest: Panasonic Intros New Consumer DVD Video Recorders and More
EqualLogic debuts PeerLogic SAN architecture ... Cisco woos storage ISVs with open-API program ... Matsushita/Panasonic DVD video recorders ... StorageTek partners for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act
Enterprise StorageHave SAN Your Way at EqualLogic
EqualLogic, a new SAN (storage-area networks) developer debuted its PeerLogic architecture at the recent Server I/O Conference. The company has worked on this architecture for 18 months, says CEO Peter Hayden. It promises to deliver modular, self-managing, affordable, IP-based storage networks. "You can start small and then grow by adding additional arrays," Hayden said. "Whats really novel is that the arrays, both individually and collectively, are self-managing. They collaborate with each other and figure out how to load-balance," among other tasks. He added that all the automation, volume replication, hardware redundancy and other features that are typically expensive add-ons are all included in the base cost.
Personal StorageMatsushita Pushes Play on DVD Recorders Matsushita Electric Industrial (aka Panasonic) Wednesday announced five new DVD video recorders and outlined its agressive marketing plans for the devices. The company said it expects the optical video recorders to overtake VHS recorder sales within two years. All of the new models can record to DVD-RAM or DVD-R discs, while the two entry-level models record to DVD only. The two high-end models can also record to a hard drive. The company is targeting yearly production about 1 million units a year, and it estimates this years total world market for DVD recorders will top 4 million units. Read the full story on:PCWorld.com
Storage BusinessStorageTek Partners for HIPAA Compliance A slew of storage vendors announced partnerships related to compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) this week at a medical conference in San Diego. StorageTek announced two alliances: the first is with Stockwell, a healthcare consulting firm, to offer HIPAA Fast Path Gap Analysis, which lets organizations validate how they will meet compliance for the April 14 privacy deadline. The second partnership is with Rorke Data, a subsidiary of Bell Microproducts, to support its picture archival communications systems, hospital information systems and radiology information systems with StorageTek disk and tape systems. Read the full story on:Network World Fusion