Storage News Digest: 15-Jan-03

Sun to Put Pirus Switches Inside Arrays ... The Next Big Thing: SAN Policy-Based Service Level Management ... Agere Unmasks New Hard Drive Storage Chip ... Dell, Sun Ink Deals With Retailers.

Enterprise Storage

Sun to Put Pirus Switches Inside Arrays

Sun Microsystems is planning to integrate the data services platform it gained with the purchase of smart storage switching start-up Pirus Networks with what it described as large scale disk arrays. The data services platform developed by Pirus is a device which can host a variety of storage applications, such as virtualization, or replication software. Rich Napolitano, vice president of Suns data platforms group, did not say what the advantage of this integration would be to customers, but it presumably would be the reduction in the number of boxes that IT staff would have to manage, according to ComputerWire.

Read the full story on: The Register

The Next Big Thing: SAN Policy-Based Service Level Management

As applications share and compete for resources across the SAN, IT managers will increasingly turn to policy-based service level management to ensure that high-priority applications get the performance and availability to which their SLAs entitle them, according to John Webster, senior analyst and founder of Data Mobility Group. Just down the road, vendors promise, SAN installations can take advantage of true, mainframe-style "lights-out management," in which automated software not only identifies problems but determines and initiates the best course of action, with no human intervention.

Read the full story on: Storage Networking World Online

Personal Storage

Agere Unmasks New Hard Drive Storage Chip

Agere Systems Tuesday unveiled a new chip geared to make desktop and mobile hard disk drives capable of storing more data than ever. The chip, the first in Ageres family of TrueStore components for storage applications, offers increased functionality and signal integrity. The TrueStore RC6500 read-channel is being fitted by major drive makers to extend capacity beyond current 80-Gigabyte-per-platter desktop drives and 40-Gigabyte-per-platter mobile drives. Ageres read-channel ICs ensure the accuracy of all of the data read from or written to a disk drive.

Read the full story on: InternetNews

Storage Business

Dell, Sun Ink Deals With Retailers

Dell Computer and Sun Microsystems have signed separate deals with major retailers, boosting the companies push into new market segments. Dell said Tuesday that supermarket chain Winn-Dixie Stores Inc. bought a PowerEdge server and a PowerVault NAS system for nearly each of its stores. Also Tuesday, Sun said clothing retailer Gap Inc. purchased high-end Fire servers to run Oracle financial applications and Sun Enterprise Servers for its merchandise planning and supply-chain software. The terms of the deals were not disclosed.

Read the full story on: CommWeb