• Review

    Test Center: SANs tuned for virtualization pack nice surprises

    Posted October 5, 2009 - 1:38 pm

    Compellent, Dell, HP, Pillar Data, and roll-your-own Pillar/DataCore bring strong storage management features to XenServer, VMware, and Hyper-V environments
  • Review

    Compellent Storage Center 4.0: Fully-integrated, full-featured 4Gbps Fibre Channel system

    Posted October 5, 2009 - 1:37 pm

    Compellent's Storage Center 4.0 offers ease of use, a great feature set, and excellent performance at a good price for a 4Gbps Fibre Channel system. Support and phone-home maintenance is also excellent.
  • Dell/EqualLogic PS4000: iSCSI for the common manager

    Posted October 5, 2009 - 1:30 pm

    Dell acquired EqualLogic in 2007, adding a strong iSCSI player to their existing Fibre Channel storage options. EqualLogic offers some very usable iSCSI systems at good prices, from a base of around $10,000, to $17,000 as tested, to well over $100,000.
  • Review

    HP StorageWorks 2000sa: Compact, fast, affordable; lacks some features

    Posted October 5, 2009 - 1:28 pm

    The HP 2000sa G2 Modular Smart Array is the first storage system we've received that uses 2.5-inch drives, fitting 24 drives into a 2U chassis rather than the usual 16-drive 3U chassis that we see on most systems.
  • Review

    Promise vTrak/Datacore SANMelody: DIY option for Fibre Channel or iSCSI

    Posted October 5, 2009 - 1:26 pm

    This is a build-it-yourself look at what can be done on a tight budget. The Promise vTrak E610f is a 16-drive enclosure that includes two 4Gbps Fibre Channel RAID controllers that offers RAID levels 0, 1, 0+1 (or 10), 5, 6 (double parity drive), 50 (two mirrored RAID 5 volumes) or 60.
  • Atlanta Falcons storage solution hits the ground running

    Posted July 15, 2009 - 7:31 pm

    AMB Group, the parent company for the diversified business and investment assets of Arthur M. Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons, struggled to find a strategy to manage its annual storage growth of nearly 15 percent. AMB Group found itself playing a constant game of catch-up by spending large amounts of money for bigger servers with greater attached hard drive space. The company quickly realized it needed to go long, as in a long-term, cost-effective, IT solution to support its continuous business growth.
  • The data storage 'perfect storm'

    Posted July 15, 2009 - 7:22 pm

    While firms need to grow their storage capacity, they lack the budget, physical space and energy supplies to do this. It's the perfect storage storm.
  • Cisco says it’s not eating its SAN young

    Posted June 14, 2009 - 8:33 pm

    Cisco says the dropoff in its FibreChannel SAN revenue and market share in Q1 is attributable to three factors: an early stage migration to 8Gbps; a lower cost migration than rival Brocade; and exposure to financial buyers, which is hard hit by the recession.
  • Champion Tech delivers SAN-based disaster recovery to dodge hurricanes

    Posted June 2, 2009 - 4:27 pm

    When he became CTO of petrochemical firm Champion Technologies, Roland Etcheverry walked into a disaster-recovery greenfield. There was no real disaster-recovery system in place, as fail-over technology was just starting to come into its own in 2004 and limited to "extraordinarily costly" multilocation backup systems outside his company's economic reach. When Hurricane Rita came close to the company's Houston headquarters in late 2005, all he could do was make tape backups and ship them elsewhere -- and mount the case for planning a real disaster-recovery system.
  • EMC addresses SAN configuration problems

    Posted May 12, 2009 - 8:45 pm

    EMC Corp. on Tuesday announced Storage Configuration Advisor (SCA), a hardware-software combination designed to alert IT managers to configuration errors in storage-area networks (SANs).
  • Diskless wonder: Lenovo boots from the SAN

    Posted November 21, 2008 - 3:00 pm

    Lenovo Inc. announced this week its new Secure Managed Client (SMC), a storage-based, hard-drive free solution that will allow IT managers to lower costs and free up their time by storing data in a non-server remote location.
  • Fans and skeptics argue on Fibre Channel over Ethernet

    Posted October 30, 2008 - 1:43 pm

    The Storage Networking World Europe show focused on Fibre Channel over Ethernet, which some see as a Trojan horse that Cisco can use to attack Brocade.
  • SVMotion Usage and Trials

    Posted October 28, 2008 - 1:58 pm

    Storage VMotion is a great tool to use, so here is how to do it, and what to watch out about.
  • Hitachi Data Systems upgrades its midrange storage offering

    Posted October 13, 2008 - 11:15 am

    Hitachi Data Systems has added three new models to its Adaptable Modular Storage (AMS) range, introducing support for SAS (Serial Attached SCSI) disks and a new dynamic load-balancing system with two active controllers.
  • Brocade gets loan to fund Foundry buyout

    Posted October 7, 2008 - 9:39 pm

    Brocade Communications Systems on Tuesday secured a $1.1 billion loan to fund its acquisition of Foundry Networks despite a tightening of credit markets amid the Wall Street meltdown.
  • HP to buy LeftHand Networks for $360 million

    Posted October 1, 2008 - 3:04 pm

    HP will buy LeftHand Networks for $360 million to fill in its storage virtualization and iSCSI lines with products for medium-size companies and remote offices and branches.
  • Use Automated Tiered Storage to Improve Your SAN

    Posted September 22, 2008 - 12:22 pm

    When we think of consolidation in terms of Green IT, our first thought is of consolidating servers. This is, to be sure, the star of Green IT. However there’s a supporting actor who has it in him to steal virtualization’s scenes. We’re talking about storage area networks (SANs).
  • 3PAR puts more storage efficiency smarts into chip

    Posted September 3, 2008 - 12:09 pm

    Storage server vendor 3PAR has built a key function for storage efficiency into a specialized chip, offloading that job from the main processors in a pair of server models it is set to introduce on Tuesday.
  • Brocade deal to help drive data-center transition

    Posted July 23, 2008 - 9:54 am

    Brocade Communications Systems' planned US$3 billion acquisition of Foundry Networks is a major strategic move in a brewing war over the future of data-center connectivity, industry analysts said Tuesday.

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