Pronouncements of cooperation between the public and private sectors are often met with justifiable skepticism. So why should our reaction to news of cooperation between business and the Department of Homeland Security to make the nation safer be any different? It may be that the threat of a common enemy—terrorism—is enough to convince business and government that they are, for once, working toward the same goal. As Senior Editor Dennis Fisher reports, the DHS friendly overtures are only half of the equation. The other half is the possibility of the governments applying cyber-security regulations to business if the current discussions dont bear fruit.
A more certain outcome is that storage over IP will deliver huge amounts of storage over commodity hardware and industry-standard networks, and iSCSI should assume a key role in making that technology widespread. iSCSI carries block-level storage traffic over IP networks and provides a SAN alternative to Fibre Channel. As Senior Writer Anne Chen reports, PBS has found that an iSCSI implementation can be an inexpensive way to augment, rather than replace, a Fibre Channel SAN. A key product in the PBS implementation is StoneFlys Storage Concentrator i1500FS. Senior Analyst Henry Baltazar reviews the newest version of the Storage Concentrator, the i3000. He also reviews Intransas IP5000 storage device, which could be a bellwether in the migration to IP SANs without either iSCSI or Fibre Channel.
Speaking of trend-setting technologies, eWEEK is now accepting entries in the fourth annual eWEEK Excellence Awards program. Last year, 700 entries were winnowed down to winners in 15 categories by the judges: eWEEK Labs analysts and eWEEK Corporate Partners. Last years winners ranged from IBM, which won the E-Business Foundations category with WebSphere Application Server 5, to Ixia, which won the IT Quality Assurance Tools category with Real World Traffic 1.0.
Finally, just as many eWEEK readers last week received our Network Solutions supplement, this week many will receive our System Solutions supplement, which covers how enterprises are tapping solution providers and VARs to gain a technology edge. In the case of Home Depot, solution provider Stratix is helping the retail giant in the rollout of 39,500 wireless bar-code scanners.
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