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Storage Networking With Fibre Channel and IP Networks - by Emulex

The tremendous growth in information and information storage in recent years—driven by a new class of data-intensive applications, web-enabled enterprise applications, and the Internet—has created unparalleled growth in the need for storage. The traditional approach to enterprise storage involved directly linking servers to a local storage subsystem. Direct-attached storage creates "islands" of storage that limit scalability, increase management complexity and create performance bottlenecks in the server and the local area network (LAN).


The Evolution of iSCSI - by Emulex

Internet SCSI (iSCSI) is an emerging standard that defines the encapsulation of SCSI packets in TCP and routed using IP. iSCSI enables block level data to be accessed over a standard Ethernet/IP network whether it resides on a direct attached SCSI-based device or a Fibre Channel SAN.


SAN/NAS Vendor Landscape Update: Infrastructure Strategies - by EMC

The storage industry continues to evolve, with hardware systems maturing and software systems reaching adolescence. Following the storage-area network/network-attached storage (SAN/NAS) METAspectrumSM in February 2003, this report takes a “midterm” look at the various vendors in the context of new technologies and current strategies (see SAN/NAS METAspectrums titled “Enterprise SAN-Attached Storage: Market Overview” and “Enterprise NAS-Attached Storage: Market Overview”).


Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) - by Adaptec

To meet their growing needs for retaining critical data - while efficiently utilizing costly storage capacity - companies are turning to Information Lifecycle Management (ILM) strategies. Adaptec helps you meet your Information Lifecycle Management needs - both today and into the future - with a comprehensive range of flexible, cost-effective storage solutions for the entire data lifecycle.


Making the Case for Information Lifecycle Management - by EMC

Pressured to better manage information assets, companies need an overarching plan to prioritize business information based on its strategic value; many companies are turning to a new concept called information lifecycle management as a solution.


Storage Drives Continuous Availability - by Hewlettt Packard

HP combines remarkably reliable and cost-effective software and hardware systems with industry-leading global services and partnerships to deliver end-to-end continuity solutions designed to meet your corporation's business objectives. To support your specific storage needs, HP offers a highly comprehensive portfolio of products - from hardware and software to virtualization and replication solutions for heterogeneous environments. When it comes to availability, HP can offer your business unprecedented economies of scale.


NAS Gateways: The Evolution of New Datacenter Solutions - by The Sageza Group

Originally, NAS was envisioned as a tactically deployed solution incorporating singlepurpose storage appliances that leveraged the existing IP-based network within enterprises. This style of network-based storage was designed to address the storage needs of enterprise workgroups and departments, remote locations such as field offices, and SMB. NAS solutions were typified by their low cost and relatively low impact on IT...


Building High-Performance iSCSI SAN Configurations - by Alacritech

IP storage using Internet SCSI (iSCSI) provides opportunity for many organizations looking to extend existing Fibre Channel SANs to stranded servers, or looking to deploy Ethernet-based SANs. It can reduce costs by allowing IT managers to take advantage of existing, familiar Ethernet networks. Often the biggest complaint with new technology like iSCSI is its ability to provide more than simple functionality and connectivity. That argument is addressed by leveraging fast, wire-speed TCP/IP products common to networking today with fast storage systems. This combination can offer maximum performance and efficiency comparable to many Fibre Channel-based solutions.


Common Approaches To Disk-Based Backup - by Overland Storage

Disk-based backup and recovery solutions, once the elusive domain of deep-pocketed financial institutions and well-known Wall Street names, are making increasing inroads with businesses of all sizes. Thanks to recent technology breakthroughs, more and more businesses are able to take advantage of easy-to-install, disk-based appliances that are preconfigured and provide data transfer rates of up to 300 GB per hour. As a result, corresponding backup and recovery performance is several times faster than many other disk-based alternatives.


Designing an IP Storage Network - Sanz, Inc.

Traditionally, storage has been physically attached to a specific server. Since the introduction of Storage Area Networks (SANs) the concept of networked storage has caught the attention of many IT professionals. Storage Networking is a more global term that covers not only Fibre Channel-based SANs (FC SAN) but any type of shared storage device.


Next-Generation Backup Technologies for Linux - Linux World

Linux-based servers are fast becoming the low-cost alternative to higherpriced proprietary Unix/Windows environments. Finding a cost-effective storage management solution to support different environments can be a challenge. As enterprise IT environments grow and change, cost-conscious administrators are constantly on the lookout for more efficient ways to scale out storage configurations. So what’s available to quickly and flexibly meet these pressing business needs?


Removable Disk to Disk Backup - Idealstor

It is predicted that world data is going to double in the next two years. The need to protect this ever growing data is not only taxing most corporate IT departments, it has also become a major cost center that affects the company’s bottom line. According to Gartner Group, backup remains the single most costly storage administration task.