Expert Analysis
Content posted in October 2003
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Pentagon Deploys Hitachi
News  |  10/31/2003  | 
Army contractor picks HP-branded Hitachi box, saying it scales better than EMC's Symmetrix
UPS Shifts From Trucks to Tech
News  |  10/31/2003  | 
Switches to SAN to boost reliability, manage costs, and reduce data-center floor space
ESG's Friends & Family Deals
News  |  10/30/2003  | 
Analyst firm says it's taken shares from 12 startups in lieu of cash. Is it on the up-and-up? UPDATED 5PM
StorageTek's Incredible Bulk
News  |  10/30/2003  | 
Debuts StreamLine, a high-end tape library that can handle up to 200,000 cartridge slots
IBM Chases Compliance Dollars
News  |  10/30/2003  | 
Packages products and services for regulatory compliance. But how much help do users need?
Forget the Butler -- The Computer Did It!
Commentary  |  10/29/2003  | 
Here's a new scam that seems to be working well for alleged hackers. When you're trial comes up, plead innocent, claiming it was the computer, not you, that did the hacking. Seems several folks accused of hacking and downloading child...
New Issue online
Commentary  |  10/29/2003  | 
Thanks to the @$%&#@)(%# downtime on the blog the past day or so, we weren't able to let you know until now that the new issue for October 30th is online. Hopefully you stumbled upon it yourself. This issue features...
Storage Vendors Keep Pumping Out Gear
News  |  10/29/2003  | 
At Storage Networking World Fall 2003, a twice-a-year expo targeting storage and data center administrators that opened Monday in Orlando and runs through Thursday, several firms beat the drum.
EMC, Nortel Tie Optical Knot
News  |  10/29/2003  | 
Twosome form official alliance to help enterprises mirror data over MANs and WANs
IBM-HP Rivalry Heats Up
News  |  10/29/2003  | 
IBM made a bigger incursion than usual at this year's HP World--a trade show for thousands of Hewlett-Packard Co. customers, equipment resellers and companies whose technologies work on HP computer
server upgrade
Commentary  |  10/28/2003  | 
Hi folks, We're very sorry for the downtime on the blog today and last night. Unfortunately, we experienced a forced server upgrade. Translation: our hard drive turned into fried jello (if you can imagine such a thing). We've at last...
Info Overload! Billions of Bytes Born
News  |  10/28/2003  | 
UC Berkeley researchers say we created 5 exabytes of new digital information last year
Brocade Late to SAN Extension Ball
News  |  10/28/2003  | 
Intros IP and FC routing options on Rhapsody switch and plans to resell CNT storage routers
CommVault Opens Door to iSCSI
News  |  10/28/2003  | 
Certifies its backup software suite on IP SAN hardware, hoping to catch early adopters
CNT Charges Back to the Edge
News  |  10/28/2003  | 
Boosts UltraNet Edge router's features and performance. Will it help CNT stay ahead?
QLogic Gets Stacked
News  |  10/27/2003  | 
Debuts stackable FC switch with 10-Gig interconnects - priced less than $500 per port
HP Flips on Interop Switch
News  |  10/27/2003  | 
Will support Brocade and McData gear in the same FC SAN. EMC, for one, is unimpressed UPDATED 9:30AM
Our Favorite Sig Files
News  |  10/27/2003  | 
Thanks to all those who submitted your favorite geeky sig files. It was a tough job, but we have posted a complete catalog as well as some select examples with
ESG Oohs & Aahs Over Isilon
News  |  10/25/2003  | 
ESG Lab testing shows 'SAN-level performance' of Isilon's NAS server. For real?
Beaver Bait
News  |  10/25/2003  | 
Beaver Bait Latest buzz from the storage rodent: Is EMC having trouble with Cisco SAN gear?
McData Signs On for 4-Gig SANs
News  |  10/24/2003  | 
Plans to deliver 4-Gbit/s Fibre Channel in 2005, with 10-Gig support set for mid-2004
Tim Leisman, President & CEO, Storability
News  |  10/24/2003  | 
"Most people thought this place was going to shut down, you know."
Here comes the Sun
Commentary  |  10/24/2003  | 
Around 3pm EST today/Friday, we're due for the effects of a pretty significant solar flare to reach earth. Ignoring a few of the "The End is Near" voices, the flare does expect to impact us technologically. It's also bound to...
Can iReady Hit Its Targets?
News  |  10/24/2003  | 
Standalone iSCSI software helps iReady land deals with three OEMs. Will more follow?
OPINION: Novell Buys Unix, Again
News  |  10/24/2003  | 
Novell seemingly has a second chance, with the recent announcement that they are buying SuSE Linux for some $210 million.
Speaking SAML
News  |  10/24/2003  | 
Security Assertion Markup Language provides a standard way to exchange authentication and authorization information between different vendors' other applications.
Letters: Sun Licenses; NAS; Lab Environment
News  |  10/24/2003  | 
"Through our documented lab practices, we were able to push our service provider to follow our guidelines." --J. Buton
Career Coach: Dress Code; Getting out of IT
News  |  10/24/2003  | 
This edition: Dress code enforcement and Goodbye programmer, hello middle school math teacher.
Voice Over WLAN: Going Places
News  |  10/24/2003  | 
VoWLAN technology is getting a face-lift, thanks to several developments.
Navigating Wireless AP Options
News  |  10/24/2003  | 
Let functionality and reliability--not price--dictate.
IM Improves IBM Messaging Systems
News  |  10/24/2003  | 
Notes-Domino pack has everything for messaging, collaboration.
Rainbow Connection
News  |  10/24/2003  | 
Rainbow Technologies' NetSwift iGate offers SSL VPN functionality.
We Asked, You Told: Our Second Annual Reader Survey
News  |  10/24/2003  | 
Our second-annual reader survey reveals mounting frustration among IT professionals. Yet you remain optimistic. Read why.
Quick Takes: Load-Balancing; Network Simulation
News  |  10/24/2003  | 
This Edition: Coyote Point Systems Equalizer 7.0 and Gambit Communications Mimic Virtual Lab Enterprise.
Mister Management: Too Sexy for Our Shirts
Commentary  |  10/24/2003  | 
We must make it clear to management vendors that we're willing to put our money where our mouths are.
Log Standard for Event Messages?
News  |  10/24/2003  | 
IBM and Cisco Systems are working together to create a log-format standard.
Network Monitoring for Small Budgets
News  |  10/24/2003  | 
Netasyst analyzer software resembles Sniffer.
Poised for Takeoff
News  |  10/24/2003  | 
Early VoWLAN product offerings are expensive and not fully developed, but Cisco's 7920 stands out.
Microsoft Makes Another Security Pledge
News  |  10/24/2003  | 
The company will now send out monthly, rather than weekly, patches.
Last Mile: MS Software Patches; SIG Files
News  |  10/24/2003  | 
This edition: Top 11 rejected methods for distributing Microsoft software patches; Frodo loves you; and Our favorite SIG files.
A Bridge Too Far?
Commentary  |  10/24/2003  | 
You can't force business units to align with IT, but you can make yourself--and your organization--more valuable.
Linux Kernel 2.6 is Coming: What's in it for You?
Commentary  |  10/24/2003  | 
2.6 addresses many of 2.4's weaknesses and folds in support for recent technologies.
FUDBusters
News  |  10/24/2003  | 
This Edition: IT's Dark Days -- are they numbered?
Agilent Drives Out SAN Errors
News  |  10/24/2003  | 
Chip vendor claims it's first to put error detection code in an FC controller. Millions rejoice!
Veritas Has Double Vision
News  |  10/23/2003  | 
Beats the Street, doubling year-over-year profit. But will EMC slow Veritas down in 2004?
Forget the Debit Card -- use Your Phone
Commentary  |  10/23/2003  | 
That's the thought Sony Corp. is hoping to eventually get in your head. The company is working on ways for consumers to use their cell phones to pay for groceries, pay for train fares, pick up checks at resturaunts and...
Southern Co. Seeks Smarter Storage Strategy
News  |  10/23/2003  | 
The process of backup and recovery was getting downright painful for Southern Co. Here's how the utility solved the problem
Panasas
News  |  10/23/2003  | 
Out of the chute, it sells 120TB of its object-based NAS to Los Alamos. Not bad!
Cisco & IBM Serve Virtual Combo
News  |  10/23/2003  | 
Duo integrate IBM SAN Volume Controller with Cisco switches. What happened to Veritas?
Emulex Runs to Sun
News  |  10/23/2003  | 
Emulex beats QLogic in becoming first HBA vendor to support Solaris x86. Big deal?
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