Storage Digest: News from SAN Spending, EMC, Imperva, Double-Take, Yosemite Technologies

Imperva Introduces New DB Monitoring Gateway ... EMC Hires Microsoft Veteran for Global Marketing ... Double-Take Shows New Windows Data Security Features ... Yosemite Technologies Introduces Upgraded Feature Set

An IT analyst reported a significant drop in the number of Fortune 1000 companies that plan to spend more budget dollars on SANs in 2006, TheInfoPro reported June 15 in its twice-yearly Storage Networking and Management study.

Storage consolidation and productivity—and not increased spending—are emerging as trends for the survey participants, said Robert Stevenson, managing director of New York-based TIPs Storage Practice.

"Overall SAN spending has contracted ... following the large storage purchasing binge in late 2004 and almost all of 2005," Stevenson said.

TheInfoPros fall 2005 report found that 42 percent of the Fortune 1000 sampling of 155 companies was planning to spend more on SANs in 2006, and that number has dropped this past period (January to June 2006) to 29 percent who plan to spend more in 2006. Twenty-six percent of respondents said they would spend less in 2006, and 45 percent intend to spend the same, Stevenson said.

"Overall storage budgets are not increasing at the torrid rate TIP saw last year, with staffing as opposed to hardware or software, the only area where an increase in spending is planned," Stevenson said.

TheInfoPro is an independent research network and supplier of market intelligence for the IT industry created by alumni of Gartner, EMC, Giga and Bell Labs.

  • Imperva Introduces New DB Monitoring Gateway

Data center security vendor Imperva of Foster City, Calif., has released its new SecureSphere Database Monitoring Gateway, which logs query-level details of database activity, audits usage for exception-based behavior and associates every event with the responsible Web application user.

Traditional monitoring products only track database activity back to the Web application accessing the database but not to the actual Web user, Imperva marketing vice president Alan Norquist told eWEEK.

SecureSphere, designed specifically for auditors, "records who pulled the trigger, not just the gun used to hold up a database," Norquist said.

SecureSphere logs database activity based on the Web users login ID, regardless of the Web application used or the database platform accessed.

Traditional database monitoring products only know which application authenticated to the database, but not the end user who authenticated to the application, Norquist said.

The products patent-pending Universal User Tracking feature supports all major databases and any Web application, Norquist said, and requires no changes to the database and application.

  • EMC Hires Microsoft Veteran for Global Marketing

EMC announced that Sanjay Mirchandani, who spent the last 11 years with Microsoft, has joined the company in the newly created role of senior vice president, Emerging Markets and International Development.

At Microsoft, Mirchandani held a variety of senior management roles in Asia, serving most recently as the regional vice president, Enterprise Services for the Asia region.

Prior to that, he was the Regional Vice President, Microsoft Asia Pacific Region, overseeing its businesses in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, Korea and India.

Earlier in his career, Mirchandani served as Managing Director of Microsoft India, and successfully developed Microsofts presence and profile in the country. EMC is based in Hopkinton, Mass.

  • Double-Take Shows New Windows Data Security Features

Windows data protection vendor Double-Take Software introduced a series of new products and capabilities at the mid-June TechEd event in Boston, including:

  • A new Small Business Server Edition of Double-Take for Windows
  • Microsoft MOM (Microsoft Operations Manager) Pack for Double-Take, which simplifies setup of Double-Take management while embedding operational intelligence and best practices to aid administrators
  • Double-Take Application Manager for Microsoft SQL Server
  • Support for extended 64-bit (Intel and AMD) and Itanium processors
  • Tighter integration with Microsofts Volume Shadow Copy Service

Double-Take, based in Southborough, Mass., is deployed in more than 10,000 Microsoft environments worldwide, a spokesperson said.

  • Yosemite Technologies Introduces Upgraded Feature Set

Multiplatform software backup vendor Yosemite Technologies of San Jose, Calif., announced upgrades June 16 to its flagship Yosemite Backup product, including significant increases in baseline disk backup capacity, added virtual tape library options and support for Microsofts Data Protection Manager and Volume Shadow Copy Service.


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