Stories by Lucas Mearian

SNW - Symantec unveils range of updated software

Symantec Wednesday announced support for Microsoft Windows Vista in its next generation of Backup Exec, Ghost Solution Suite and AntiVirus software.

Brocade's CEO talks about McData integration

Earlier this month, Brocade Communications Systems ran a full-page advertisement in The Wall Street Journal promising its customers and users of McData's director switches that once the merger between the two companies is completed sometime in the first quarter, Brocade will continue to service both vendors' current products for up to five years. The ad also promised a minimum of six months' advance notice before taking any product off the market. Brocade CEO Mike Klayko and Tom Buiocchi, vice president of worldwide marketing at San Jose-based Brocade, recently spoke with Computerworld to clarify the companies' integration road map.

SNIA chairman denies friction with Aperi

Sun Microsystems last month pulled out of the IBM-led open-source storage group Aperi, and said it would back an older SMI-S storage management software standardization effort being championed by the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). After Sun's move, Aperi said it would place itself under the auspices of the vendor-neutral Eclipse Foundation. With that backdrop, Wayne Adams, chairman of SNIA's board of directors, recently spoke with Computerworld about friction between SNIA members who support the Aperi/Eclipse open source project -- and those who don't.

Could the future of storage be all wet?

Using a piece of wire 100,000 times thinner than a hair and water, researchers at several leading universities are developing a new data storage medium that also has data transfer rates that are as fast as RAM.

Porn industry may be decider in Blu-ray, HD-DVD battle

Just as in the 1980s, when the Betamax and VHS video formats were battling it out for supremacy, the pornography industry will likely play a big role in determining which of the two blue-laser DVD formats -- Blu-ray Disc and HD-DVD -- will be the winner in the battle to replace DVDs for high-definition content.

Dell storage chief on EMC's reseller affairs

EMC in April announced a multi-year agreement with Intel that allows the chipmaker to resell EMC's latest low-end storage arrays. The two companies also signed an expanded technology development agreement. At the same time, Dell is saying its four-year-old reseller partnership with EMC has garnered 15,000 joint customers. But as EMC continues to drive more of its products into the low-end space -- until now, Dell's bailiwick -- some analysts see a coming conflict. And at least one said the EMC and Intel partnership could send Dell packing. Praveen Asthana, director of Dell's Enterprise Storage Unit, spoke to Lucas Mearian about EMC, Intel and its own technology road map. The following are excerpts from the interview.

TD Ameritrade CIO talks up encryption, storage

Ameritrade completed its acquisition of TD Waterhouse in January to become TD Ameritrade Holding Just prior to the completion of that acquisition, Ameritrade finished rolling out technology that encrypts all data as it moves from servers to tape backup devices. The encryption effort was a reaction to the company's loss of a data tape with the names of 200,000 clients in April 2005. Jerry Bartlett, CIO at TD Ameritrade, spoke with Computerworld recently about data security and storage management.

SNW - SMB - IBM execs on price gouging, EMC tie-ups

EMC made two large partnership announcements this week: It signed an OEM agreement with Intel, which will distribute its low-end arrays, and a deal with NEC, which will help it manufacture new low-end storage systems. Analysts agree the deals bolster EMC's already growing presence in the small and mid-sized business (SMB) market. With that backdrop, Andy Monshaw, general manager of system storage at IBM, and Laura Sanders, IBM's vice president of systems storage products and solutions, both pointed to soon-to-be released IDC numbers that will show their overall storage sales outpacing EMC's. They spoke withComputerworld at Storage Networking World in San Diego about the pressure from IBM's chief storage rival.

SNW - CIOs say storage vendors are gouging

CIOs and other IT managers vented their disdain for inflated storage costs and bad storage management software pricing models during a panel discussion Tuesday at Storage Networking World in San Diego.

SNW - New storage standard to include metadata search

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) has announced that it is well on its way to developing an interface standard that would allow companies to perform internal searches for any data using Google-like tools, based on metadata associated with a file, image, audio file, database or even email.

EMC unveils NAS servers, smarts software

EMC last week introduced two new versions of its midrange and low-end network-attached storage (NAS) server. The company also brought out a new version of its Smarts software, with improved systems discovery and IP network analysis capabilities.

A battle brews between blue-laser optical disk and tape

Makers of new blue laser optical disk technology said this week that they have their sights firmly set on enterprise archiving applications currently handled by magnetic tape and even some nearline disk storage arrays.

Brocade buys file management vendor NuView for $60m

Brocade Communications Systems on Monday announced that it has acquired NuView, a provider of network-attached storage management software.

Microsoft bites into String Bean for iSCSI technology

Microsoft announced Friday that it has acquired iSCSI target technology from String Bean Software that will allow users to back up their Windows servers to storage devices over IP networks -- even though it had earlier said it would not make such a move.

Google Earth's photographer builds out infrastructure

The company responsible for those cool satellite images accessed by millions of Google Earth users said this week that it has almost completed an enormous upgrade to its internal IT infrastructure to increase production and support the launch of two more imagery satellites over the next two years.

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