Storage News Digest: Panasonic Intros New Consumer DVD Video Recorders and More

EqualLogic debuts PeerLogic SAN architecture ... Cisco woos storage ISVs with open-API program ... Matsushita/Panasonic DVD video recorders ... StorageTek partners for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act

Enterprise Storage

Have SAN Your Way at EqualLogic

EqualLogic, a new SAN (storage-area networks) developer debuted its PeerLogic architecture at the recent Server I/O Conference. The company has worked on this architecture for 18 months, says CEO Peter Hayden. It promises to deliver modular, self-managing, affordable, IP-based storage networks. "You can start small and then grow by adding additional arrays," Hayden said. "Whats really novel is that the arrays, both individually and collectively, are self-managing. They collaborate with each other and figure out how to load-balance," among other tasks. He added that all the automation, volume replication, hardware redundancy and other features that are typically expensive add-ons are all included in the base cost.

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Cisco Intros Open-API Program for Storage ISVs

Cisco Systems recently launched a technology development program for independent software vendors in the SAN management and storage resource management industries to integrate their applications to the Cisco MDS 9000 family of multilayer directors and fabric switches. The open-API (application platform interface) program includes a software developers kit (SDK) that gives companies full access to the 9000s set of standards-based SNMP management information base (MIBs), including SNMP v2 for discovery and monitoring, and SNMP v3 for secured configuration and access control. The MDS 9000 is " an intelligent device, and additional software hosted on it could add even more intelligence to the network," said Dan Tanner, Aberdeen Groups director of storage research. Platform vendors like IBM, HP and Sun Microsystems are also "adding intelligence to platforms," he said.

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Personal Storage

Matsushita Pushes Play on DVD Recorders

Matsushita Electric Industrial (aka Panasonic) Wednesday announced five new DVD video recorders and outlined its agressive marketing plans for the devices. The company said it expects the optical video recorders to overtake VHS recorder sales within two years. All of the new models can record to DVD-RAM or DVD-R discs, while the two entry-level models record to DVD only. The two high-end models can also record to a hard drive. The company is targeting yearly production about 1 million units a year, and it estimates this years total world market for DVD recorders will top 4 million units.

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Storage Business

StorageTek Partners for HIPAA Compliance

A slew of storage vendors announced partnerships related to compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) this week at a medical conference in San Diego. StorageTek announced two alliances: the first is with Stockwell, a healthcare consulting firm, to offer HIPAA Fast Path Gap Analysis, which lets organizations validate how they will meet compliance for the April 14 privacy deadline. The second partnership is with Rorke Data, a subsidiary of Bell Microproducts, to support its picture archival communications systems, hospital information systems and radiology information systems with StorageTek disk and tape systems.

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