Stories by Lucas Mearian

Hitachi upgrades high-end array, streamlines software

Hitachi Data Systems Monday announced a number of upgrades to its enterprise-class Universal Storage Platform V (USP V) array and its Storage Command Suite management software.

Flash drive's quickness matches marketing hype

Corsair claims its new 16GB high-performance "GT" Flash Voyager is the fastest USB flash drive made. Although this is a bold claim, my tests showed it's not marketing hype. But there are caveats, so read on.

Kingston, IronKey announce new FIPS-certified USB drives

Both Kingston Technologies and IronKey this week announced new models of their USB flash drives, as well as a security certification that clears them for use by US and Canadian government agencies in accordance with the Federal Information Processing Standard 140-2 Level 2.

Feds want you to buy IT like your refrigerator

The US federal government wants IT managers to buy data center equipment in the same way that a consumer might consider choosing a refrigerator or water heater for their home: based on the product's Energy Star efficiency rating.

SNIA moves proposed data archive standards ahead

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) announced that it has completed version 1.0 of the Extensible Access Method (XAM), a specification for the way organizations store metadata that describes fixed content, such as e-mails, medical records and financial data.

Emulex, QLogic, HP announce 8Gbit/sec Fibre Channel hardware

QLogic last week announced the availability of its 8Gbit/sec Fibre Channel switch and its companion 8Gbit/sec host bus adapter (HBA). QLogic's announcement followed one by Emulex last week, which released its LightPulse LPe12000 family of 8Gbit/sec HBAs.

Digital universe and its impact bigger than thought

A white paper released Tuesday from International Data (IDC) revised earlier estimates by the research firm to show that by 2011, the amount of electronic data created and stored will grow 10 times the 180 exabytes that existed in 2006, reflecting a compound annual growth rate of almost 60 per cent.

Top four reasons Blu-ray Disc will tank

And then there was one: Blu-ray.

Blu-ray beats HD DVD -- now what?

So the high-definition DVD war's over, and to the victor go the spoils.

Michael Dell talks up EqualLogic and the new PS5000 array

Days after closing its acquisition of iSCSI storage vendor EqualLogic, Dell announced a new series of iSCSI-based storage-area network (SAN) arrays. The Dell EqualLogic PS5000 Series offers both virtualization and thin-provisioning capabilities, allowing storage administrators to grow capacity on the fly.

Plexiglas-like DVD to hold 1TB of data

At the upcoming CES conference in Las Vegas, one company plans to demonstrate the ability to store half a terabyte of data on a DVD disc that is made of a polymer similar to Plexiglas.

Switch maker introduces a 'Data Center Fabric' architecture

Brocade Communication Systems announced that it is developing what it calls a Data Center Fabric architecture, a product strategy built around optimized server and storage virtualization, application services and policy-based automation that will materialize over the next six months with new products in five categories.

Universal data retention specification demonstrated

Vendors such as EMC, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems and Vignette will demonstrate this week their software interfaces for a new specification that offers a universal way for users to store and access unchanging or fixed data regardless of the application that created it.

Users want more disk backup -- right now

Fed up with slow tape backup systems and under pressure by regulators and auditors to keep data online and readily available, large and midsize businesses are making disk-to-disk backup technology a top priority in their data centers this year.

Clustered NEC arrays scale from gigabytes to a petabyte

Taking a cue from its supercomputing legacy, NEC Corporation of America Wednesday introduced a series of storage arrays that achieve new benchmarks in scalability, performance and availability for the storage vendor by scaling from a terabyte to a petabyte nondisruptively and offering different hard drive classes in the same enclosure.