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Open-E Data Storage Software Lite

The Open-E Data Storage Software V6 Lite (DSS V6 Lite) is a free version of Open-E DSS V6 delivering unified file and block storage...

March 19, 2012 By Open-E

Is it time for ATA-over-Ethernet?

When it comes to pushing storage packets around the datacentre, there's one protocol that's king: Fibre Channel (FC -- and they even spell it properly). But everyone is predicting that FC will eventually wither away, for a number of reasons.

August 18, 2011 by

Silos – The Unspoken Challenge to the Cloud

On a recent excursion to a tech event I had the pleasure of meeting a well-known ‘VM Guru’, (who shall remain nameless). Having read some of this individual’s material I was excited and intrigued to know his thoughts on how he was tackling the Storage challenges related to VMware especially with Fibre Channel SANs.

June 5, 2011 by

Dataram storage appliance squeezes more out of storage infrastructure

At more than 40 years old, Dataram certainly isn't a technology start-up, but the memory company has come up with a new approach to storage optimization that could help midsize companies squeeze out more performance from their existing devices.The technology, called XcelaSAN, is an appliance that works within Fibre Channel SANs to better allocate the most active data to high-performance solid state storage.

September 28, 2009 by

An introduction to enterprise storage

I just finished this article to help demystify enterprise storage and how it all ties in together.  From ATA to SAS and Fibre Channel to ATA over Ethernet, storage technology has come a long way.

April 17, 2007 by

Adaptec iSA1500 Storage Array

This is not as easy as to deploy as Adaptec would have you believe, but it's worth persevering with as an affordable alternative to more expensive Fibre Channel SAN solutions.

February 15, 2005 by

Asian Fibre Channel market grew 43.3% in 2003

In 2003, the Fibre Channel switch market in Asia/Pacific excluding Japan registered healthy growth in terms of total revenue and port shipments, fueled by recoveries in shipments of servers and storage devices that connect to Fibre Channel SANs. Overall port shipments grew 91.

July 15, 2004 by

Intel unveils products for faster storage

Intel on Monday introduced two optical transceivers designed to double the performance of certain networked storage systems. Intel said the new transceivers support the Fibre Channel specification with a data-transfer rate of 4 gigabits per second.

February 9, 2004 by

The facts on Fibre Channel

There are still many IT pros who don't understand Fibre Channel. TechRepublic's Brien Posey discusses the pros and cons of using this high-speed storage solution.

January 15, 2003 by

Is your storage encrypted?

One day, all data--in transit and at rest--will be encrypted. Neoscale says its storage encryption appliance can secure any or all data bound for Fibre Channel-based storage--with no impact on performance.

July 7, 2002 by

Dell announces PowerVault expansion card

Dell Computer announced an expansion card Monday that improves some of its PowerVault 750N and 755N storage systems, giving those that attach to servers by ordinary Ethernet networks the ability to connect with high-speed Fibre Channel networks. The latter technology makes a storage system appear to a server to be connected just like an internal hard drive. The new product--the result of Dell's partnership with storage giant EMC--is designed to smooth over differences between Ethernet-based network-attached storage (NAS) and Fibre Channel-based storage area networks (SANs). The card costs just under $2,500, said Matthew Brisse, product manager for the Dell-EMC product lines. --Stephen Shankland

June 10, 2002 by

Switching to new markets

A number of vendors at N+I are talking about, but, in some cases, not showing a new class of 64-port, 2 gigabit per second Fibre Channel switches designed to consolidate the switching needs of the massive storage installations used by large enterprises.

May 6, 2002 by

HP unveils new storage devices

Hewlett-Packard has released two new products for making storage devices available over networks. The eight-port Surestore Entry Switch FC switch--an HP-branded version of Brocade Communications' new Silkworm 3200 switch--lets customers build storage networks using the Fibre Channel networking technology. It has a starting cost of $5,599, HP said Tuesday. A higher-end version, with more sophisticated connections to other switches, costs $16,780 and up. In addition, HP began selling the Surestore NAS 8000, a device that bridges between regular Ethernet networks and Fibre Channel storage area networks. The system, with a starting price of $36,500, effectively lets HP's VA and XP line of storage devices share files like a regular file server attached to an Ethernet network. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News

March 5, 2002 by

BlueArc turns on Vixel switches

Storage start-up BlueArc will use storage networking switches from Vixel within its Si7500 storage system, according to a deal the companies plan to announce Monday. The Vixel switches communicate using the high-speed Fibre Channel networking technology. Each of BlueArc's six-foot tall Si7500 cabinets can accommodate as much as 8.8 terabytes of storage and connect to the outside world using the ordinary TCP/IP (transmission control protocol/Internet protocol) networking standard. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News

January 13, 2002 by

Gadzoox cuts jobs

Gadzoox, a troubled maker of networking hardware used to join servers and storage systems, has laid off an undisclosed number of employees, shut down some facilities and eliminated some contractor jobs in an effort to become profitable, the San Jose, Calif., company said Thursday. The company plans to release further details during a conference call after reporting fiscal third-quarter earnings Jan. 23. An increasing amount of the company's revenue comes from the new Slingshot switch, which communicates using the new 2 gigabit-per-second version of the Fibre Channel network standard. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News

January 11, 2002 by

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