SNIA: Blufin Storage Standard Still Swimming Upstream
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) this week said it began the second phase of testing for the Storage Management Initiative (SMI). SMI, or Bluefin as it was first known, facilitates interoperability across disparate storage systems, regardless of vendor. The SNIA Technical Work Groups, which finished their review of the Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-Specification) document, began testing at the SNIA Technology Center as part of the new Storage Management Forum-sponsored CIM-SAN-2 Developers Demonstration Program. Because storage industry experts expect SMI to drive the SAN market opportunity higher, it has support from systems makers such as IBM, HP and Cisco Systems.
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Poor Change Control Can Hit SAN Expansion Plans
Robust change control and security will be the two biggest headaches for SAN users as they try to integrate and expand their storage network infrastructures, according to Andy Norman, founder and CEO of UK storage specialist Sagitta. He offered the example of a company that took off-line half of an array used for data replication, causing traffic into the other half to climb. As a result, the whole thing failed. Norman added that bringing in external help for storage management brings risks of its own: "There are general security issues here—people could break in unless you think of all the blocks that need to be in place." In addition, Sagitta added an ongoing SAN support service to its existing plan, design and implement services.
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Notebook Storage Gets A Boost From New Fujitsu Drives
Fujitsu this week announced its new MHT line of 80GB notebook hard drives. The MHT series uses the companys GDT (Glass Direct Texture) Media process that boosts capacity. The new drives feature a density of as much as 69.3 gigabits per square inch, good for data capacities of up to 40GB per platter, the company said. Fujitsus new MHT family will be available in capacities of 20GB, 30GB, 40GB, 60GB and 80GB.
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IDC Counts HP and IBM Tied for First Place in Storage Systems Biz
IDC recently released new numbers showing a tie between Hewlett-Packard and IBM for market share in the disk storage systems market, with a 25 percent share each. The figures are based on revenue in the fourth quarter of 2002. HP, with $1.37 billion in worldwide revenue, edged out IBMs $1.34 billion, but statistically, they were tied in market share. EMC came in third place.
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