Includes Storage Arrays, NAS, File Systems, Clustered and Distributed File Systems, FC Switches/Directors, HBA, CNA, Routers, Components, Semiconductors, Server Blades.
Taneja Group analysts cover all form and manner of storage arrays, modular and monolithic, enterprise or SMB, large and small, general purpose or specialized. All components that make up the SAN, FC-based or iSCSI-based, and all forms of file servers, including NAS systems based on clustered or distributed file systems, are covered soup to nuts. Our analysts have deep backgrounds in file systems area in particular. Components such as Storage Network Processors, SAS Expanders, FC Controllers are covered here as well. Server Blades coverage straddles this section as well as the Infrastructure Management section above.
It is official: InfiniBand (IB) is on the rise in the corporate data center. Once restricted to exotic supercomputing deployments, we now see IB making a solid push into enterprise computing environments across a broad range of industry verticals. While still in its early stages of adoption, enterprise IB is already delivering powerful results in the realm of enterprise clustered storage.
The battle for the SAN is on. FC SANs made serious inroads into the datacenter over the past five years but failed to gain much traction in the SMB space, primarily due to cost and management issues. Over the past two years, iSCSI, which was presented to the market as the simple and cost effective alternative to FC SAN, has been making accelerating headway into SMBs for applications below the mission critical tier.
In the past 18 months, HP has built one of the most detailed and comprehensive ILM messages in the enterprise IT industry. In a forward looking move, HP positioned its Reference Information Storage System (RISS) as a core technology in their ILM strategy. RISS is a highly adaptable object model disk solution based on HP smart cell technology.
There is a bona fide new tier within the disk storage infrastructure that you will be hearing a lot about over the next several years: MAID. Standing for “Massive Array of Idle Disks”, MAID technologies utilize a range of advanced techniques to achieve the reliability and performance of a disk environment with the economics and density comparable to a tape environment.
The challenge of building a high-performance, reliable storage infrastructure in the energy services industry has never been greater. Growth rates have exploded to create capacity and device complexities, as well as limited visibility into project data. Additionally, we see many IT teams becoming highly frustrated with the limitations of traditional NAS and tape infrastructures.
On October 19, 2005 QLogic announced its intention to buy Troika Networks for $36.5M. Based on the calls we have received thus far it is apparent that vendors and users alike are wondering why QLogic did this and what the implications are for users long term. Here is how we see it.