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  • ROI prediction gloomy for PLM technologies

    Posted July 21, 2003 - 11:54 am

    Nuclear Research's ROI Almanac for 2003 advises a "wait and see" attitude for PLM, but gives business intelligence and EAI the thumbs up.
  • GE Industrial licenses product lifecycle management

    Posted July 21, 2003 - 11:50 am

    GEIS has chosen MatrixOne's PLM, and expects "significant" savings as a result.
  • Establishing proof of life(cycle)

    Posted July 21, 2003 - 11:44 am

    Confused about all those PLM (product lifecycle management) products? Wonder which to choose? Or, maybe you're wondering what the heck PLM means? This overview will help; includes a chart of major PLM products and functions.
  • Coping with chaotic storage growth

    Posted July 21, 2003 - 11:37 am

    In spite of better management tools available for your general IT environment, the area of storage management has been slow to keep up with technological and management tools to help ease the pain. Here's what some vendors are doing to address the problem, and how some users feel about what is available.
  • Too much of a good thing: Managing information overload in storage management

    Posted July 21, 2003 - 11:30 am

    Your storage management systems are putting out tons of performance and network-related data
  • The hidden costs of unmanaged storage

    Posted July 21, 2003 - 11:23 am

    In spite of some lingering belief that 'unmanaged' storage is the easiest and cheapest to implement, most storage professionals are recognizing that managed storage makes a lot more sense, and that it results in real TCO and ROI. Here's a look at Gartner's TCO Manager for Enterprise Storage Management.
  • Politics getting in the way of storage management?

    Posted July 21, 2003 - 10:54 am

    Should you set up a "storage management" department in your IT organization? And, who should you hire to man the department, to ensure the best planning and life cycle management you can do? This Gartner analyst gives his views: look to the mainframers, and consider the future.
  • Business, IT execs differ on disaster recovery needs

    Posted July 21, 2003 - 10:43 am

    The two groups
  • SGI, Legato crush tape backup records

    Posted July 21, 2003 - 10:29 am

    The companies, in concert with StorageTek, LSI Logic, and Brocade, have reached a new benchmark: 10.1 terabytes per hour for disk-to-tape backup. The results are 2.79 times faster than the previous benchmark.
  • Topspin uses InfiniBand to drive on-demand computing

    Posted July 18, 2003 - 11:38 am

    Topspin Communications (Mountain View, CA) recently added a hardware abstraction layer and programmable APIs to its switch platform. Read the full article to learn how Topspin is enabling on-demand computing.
  • EDS extends on-demand storage to PDAs and desktops

    Posted July 18, 2003 - 10:31 am

    With the announcement of Mobile Information Protection, EDS is bringing its on-demand storage service to PDAs and desktops. The service offers continuous backup and on-demand recovery for critical business information that resides outside the data center. Read this article to learn more.
  • Killer serial: Is ATA ready for the enterprise?

    Posted July 17, 2003 - 4:32 pm

    While IT managers are not "breathlessly" awaiting serial ATA drives, it's clear that they will have a significant presence in the storage markets in the near future. John Monroe, a vice president at Gartner Inc., predicts the technology will hold 30% of the enterprise market by 2005. Read on for more information about serial's selling points.
  • EBSI - Is it right for you?

    Posted July 17, 2003 - 4:23 pm

    The Enhanced Backup Solutions Initiative (EBSI) is a hybrid disk and tape backup approach that promises faster backup at lower costs than conventional disk-to-disk backup approaches. Part of its approach focuses on inexpensive Serial ATA drives to build storage arrays. EBSI products are beginning to appear and the initiative's backers say many more are to come in the next few months.
  • First generation serial ATA drive comparison

    Posted July 17, 2003 - 4:11 pm

    Seagate's Barracuda V, Maxtor's DiamondMax Plus 9 and Western Digital's Caviar SE are benchmarked. Results showed that overall, performance of the serial ATA drives is higher than most current ATA based hard drives and that Maxtor is the clear winner for overall performance. Next generation versions are available.
  • ATA hard drives compared: Parallel vs. serial ATA

    Posted July 17, 2003 - 4:05 pm

    This report rounds up high-end parallel ATA and serial ATA hard drives from Maxtor and Seagate, and a parallel ATA drive from Western Digital and runs them through a myriad of performance tests to determine which parallel and serial ATA drives rise above the rest.
  • Serial ATA drives will soon replace their parallel brethren

    Posted July 17, 2003 - 3:58 pm

    A short brief on when to migrate to serial ATA drives. Bottom line: Data center managers should start to use serial ATA drives wherever parallel ATA drives are used today mainly in applications requiring optimal cost/capacity.
  • Disk and tape coexist harmoniously in the backup market

    Posted July 17, 2003 - 3:50 pm

    Whether you're pro tape or pro disk, one thing's for sure - there's no agreement on where they fit together in an overall data backup and recovery strategy. Customers, analysts and vendors say demand for tape will increase, not diminish. Read opinion from both camps, and what they have planned for their storage needs.
  • CA pings Sonar for asset management

    Posted July 17, 2003 - 3:17 pm

    Sonar, an 'intelligent' asset management tool, is designed for on-demand computing. The software integrates process automation management, dynamic reconfiguration and other security and management functions.
  • AMD reports loss smaller than forecast

    Posted July 17, 2003 - 3:16 pm

    It wasn't the best of news for AMD stakeholders, but it wasn't that bad, either. The company's net loss of $140 million was better than last year's quarter results, and better than the company forecast. And, the company says that Q3 looks pretty rosy, too.
  • EMC reports 'solid' earnings

    Posted July 17, 2003 - 3:14 pm

    Better-than-expected earnings and growth across the EMC product lines give the company reason to celebrate its second-quarter results.
  • Legato shareholders sue to block EMC acquisition

    Posted July 17, 2003 - 3:11 pm

    Last week's big deal has come to a sudden stop due to two lawsuits filed against Legato and its board.
  • How to connect SAN islands

    Posted July 16, 2003 - 4:14 pm

    SAN expert offers tips and issues to consider when working on SAN interconnection, and some technical options available for implementation.
  • Procom bullish on wireless NAS

    Posted July 16, 2003 - 4:09 pm

    Procom Technology Inc.'s Taurus project will be dedicated to developing wireless networked storage appliances.
  • HP sees SMI-S as 'key enabler' of SAN market

    Posted July 16, 2003 - 4:02 pm

    The company has joined BMC, Veritas and others in support of the Storage Management Initiative Specification.
  • McData, NetApp team to converge SANs, NAS

    Posted July 16, 2003 - 3:57 pm

    The two vendors will be partnering to deliver storage interoperability between the companies' products, enabling centralized backup of tape and disk, SAN and NAS data.

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