Storage News Digest: 03-Jan-03

Storage Vendor Makes Inroads ... iSCSI, Serial ATA Look Good to Cash-Strapped Users ... Pick-Up Heads for DVD+RW and DVD-RW Drives in Shortage ... IT Spending Suffers Hangover.

Enterprise Storage

Storage Vendor Makes Inroads

Several federal agencies are using Advanced Digital Informations StorNext Management Suite to build storage management systems. The software helps administrators keep large amounts of data on-line with traditional storage hardware, all the while keeping it backed up and accessible to users any time they need it. The Air Force and Internal Revenue Service are among the federal customers.

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iSCSI, Serial ATA Look Good to Cash-Strapped Users

Emerging storage protocols such as InfiniBand that once captured the attention of both the IT press and the end-users have been crushed by current weak economy. Now, theres renewed focus on storage management, the need for content-aware storage systems and an interest in iSCSI. In the back end of storage behind the controller or NAS head, back-end switching and denser drives are enabling new capacity levels and lowering the cost per megabyte of storage. The recent buzz over Serial ATA (SATA) is a direct result of poor economic conditions. The one common element in all theses technologies: cost savings.

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Personal Storage

Pick-Up Heads for DVD+RW and DVD-RW Drives in Shortage

Supply of pick-up heads (PUHs) for DVD+RW and DVD-RW drives has tightened since November and is likely to continue to be tight until the second quarter, according to some Taiwanese optical drive makers. The supply crunch has been caused by a shortage laser diodes (LDs), a key component, as the major Japanese suppliers have not increased production as fast as demand as grown. Sharp Electronics is the main LD supplier to Hitachi, Sanyo Electric, Ricoh and Philips. No word on any price changes that may come out of the shortage.

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Storage Business

IT Spending Suffers Hangover

Goldman Sachs & Co.s most recent survey of IT managers shows a further deterioration in corporate Americas outlook for technology spending in 2003. In response to the question, "Heading into early 2003, which do you consider more likely?," about two-thirds of the respondents (67 percent) said they expect "incremental IT budget tightening by management." Still, storage networking remains a priority category for IT managers. Storage networking components -- host bus adapters and switches -- still rank among the highest priorities for IT managers in 2003. NAS also held steady as a "medium priority," while storage software fell from the highest tier of priorities to a mid-level one.

Read the full story on: Byte and Switch