Storage networks boosted by Compaq, BMC, Hitachi

Compaq Computer, BMC Software and Hitachi Data Systems all stepped up efforts in the growing field of SANS (storage area networks) in separate announcements this week.

In a gesture of support for the recent trend toward the ease of deployment of SANs in rapidly growing data networks, Compaq announced a strategic relationship with StorageNetworks, a provider of Internet and online storage, to develop SANs that use technology from both companies.

The terms of the agreement call for StorageNetworks to implement Compaq storage technology in its global data storage network. In return, Compaq will make an equity investment in the company, begin promoting StorageNetworks' Professional Services, and leverage the company's key technologies, which include the ability to rapidly scale existing storage architectures without having to add the physical hardware.

"Together, we will be able to offer customers in today's Internet-driven economy the ability to acquire, implement, and manage a data-storage infrastructure as easily and cost-effectively as subscribing to an everyday utility service such as electricity or phone service," said Peter Bell, chairman and CEO of StorageNetworks, in a statement.

In related storage news, BMC Software said it will add SAN instrumentation technology to its Patrol product line, a suite of software designed to monitor, manage, control, optimize, and predict all the resources that make up a business critical network.

BMC also announced Monday its FastTrack for SAN package, which helps companies assess existing storage configurations in preparation for a SAN implementation. Also announced by BMC was SQL-BackTrack for Oracle, which moves data-backup processing off the LAN.

Additionally, Hitachi Data Systems issued a joint announcement with Troika Networks at the Storage Networking World conference in Palm Desert, California stating that the two companies have demonstrated a SAN that optimizes Troika switching technology to provide a 25 percent reduction in the processing resources servers require for data throughput, according to a spokesperson for Hitachi.

Dan Neel is an InfoWorld reporter.

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