Here are a variety of storage-related stories from around the Web. The subjects include storage hardware and software as well as financial news and industry trends related to the storage market.
Iomega Ships Pair Of New NAS Servers
Iomega Corp. last week unveiled a pair of network attached storage (NAS) servers that take aim at enterprise workgroups, and small- and medium-sized businesses. The NAS 400m 1TB server sports a quartet of 250GB hard drives, for a total capacity of one terabyte, It also provides dual Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, 1GB of memory, an Intel Pentium 4 running at 2.6GHz in a rack-mountable 1U form factor. The more powerful, and expensive NAS 800m 2TB includes eight 250GB drives and 2GB of RAM in a 2U enclosure for a total capacity of two terabytes (1.67TB in a RAID 5 configuration).
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Testing Shows Not All FC Switches Are Created Equal
Spirent Communications Inc. last week announced the first storage routing tester for Fibre Channel networks, giving OEMs, large enterprises and service providers the ability to analyze the scalability and viability of FC switches and networks. But whats really creating a buzz around Spirents test are the results so far: few, if any, vendors can scale to the theoretical maximum of 239 switches.
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Storage Management: The New Hot Spot in the Market
Its no major revelation that storage hardware is becoming more and more a commodity. "Once you start to modularize [hardware], the game is over," says Ash Ashutosh, founder and executive vice president and CTO of AppIQ Inc., a storage software start-up. Now the game that has taken the place of hardware is software. Storage, as a whole, is in the throes of developing storage-management software for open systems. Its about products like virtualization, automation, storage-resource management and life-cycle data management, to name a few.
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Cashing In on SAN and NAS
In recent years, the volume of stored electronic data has expanded significantly, due largely to the growth of data-intensive technologies such as online transaction processing, data mining, data warehousing, multimedia, and Internet applications. As a result, the capacity and numbers of storage devices used by large companies have increased. "We at S&P believe the benefits of the SAN and NAS systems, which make up the broader network-storage category, have enabled them to supplant the traditional direct-attached storage systems," said Richard Stice, analyst at Standard & Poors.
Read the full story on:BusinessWeek Online