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NAS Market Research - Technology In Depth

In 2003, if one trend is emerging in NAS, it is that it has become a diverse, increasingly robust technology platform for enterprise storage. We believe the NAS market is at the early stages of several broad-based pushes in functionality that will bring this technology base into every corner of the data center, from easily deployed and manageable departmental filers to enterprise class appliances and file services atop SANs.


Publish date: 09/01/03

ExaGrid Debuts Grid Protected Storage - Product Profile

ExaGrid, a startup located in Westborough, MA, announced on November 17, 2003 an architecture for storing and managing files that combines a variety of technologies to essentially create a self managing, self healing NAS product that scales simultaneously in the dimensions of capacity and performance and offers built in data protection. The product based on this architecture will be delivered in Q1, 2004. We think the architecture has considerable merit and the product will have a serious positive impact on the customer.


Publish date: 11/01/03

ONStor Announces SANfiler - Product Profile

Taneja Group believes that if end user desire alone were the determining factor, NAS on SAN convergence would already be widespread. Alas, the onus is on vendors to create solutions that are truly interoperable, ready for mission-critical deployment and designed to leverage the SAN environment.


Publish date: 12/01/03

File Systems Acquisition Trends PolyServe - Opinion

In November, 2003, Network Appliance acquired Spinnaker Networks, a provider of NAS systems whose core IP consists of a highly scalable distributed file system (DFS) that can be used in a wide range of deployment scenarios. In late December, 2003, Red Hat acquired Sistina Software in order to command that company’s flagship Global File System (GFS), an essential ingredient to enabling highly scalable data sharing for networked storage environments running behind Red Hat Linux servers.


Publish date: 12/01/03

PolyServe NAS Cluster - Product Profile

Over the past few years solutions providers in the enterprise NAS space have sought to differentiate themselves around the twin issues of scalability and performance. What most of these companies share in common is an integrated hardware+software approach to solving the problem of high-performance, highscale NAS.


Publish date: 05/01/04

Terrascale - Product Profile

The shift away from proprietary scale-up architectures towards horizontally scalable or scale-out solutions based on standard commodity components is gaining significant momentum in the real customer environments. In industries like Financial Services, Life Sciences, and Oil & Gas, high node count Linux clusters provide the level of scalability and performance required for massively parallel applications performing arbitrage analysis, geo-seismic data analysis, and genetic sequencing operations.


Publish date: 06/01/04

Network file management solves NAS problems - Published Article

The challenges of enterprise file services are well-known to virtually all storage managers, regardless of the size or sophistication of their environments. Ranging from departmental CIFS/NFS file servers up to enterprise NAS deployments, storage managers face a common set of challenges around file management, scalability, and utilization rates. Enterprise end users increasingly understand the perils of managing independent NAS devices as discrete “one-off” resources.


Publish date: 10/01/04

Montilio RapidFile: Redefining File Server Price/Performance - Company Profile

General purpose file servers and integrated Network-Attached Storage (NAS) appliances have become a mainstay in today’s enterprise IT environments. As companies increasingly rely on these solutions for the storage of their critical data, many end-users are running into operational challenges. With massive data growth, scaling up file server I/O performance in line with back-end storage capacity can be incredibly difficult.


Publish date: 01/01/05

The Power of InfiniBand and Clustered Storage - Technology Brief

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.


Publish date: 12/01/05

NAS Tiering and Migration with NeoPath - Testing and Validation Report

In the past 12 months, enterprise NAS users have become very aware of the beneficial impact that storage tiers and intelligent migration can have on their data center.  Based on our conversations, we find that most IT executives can now readily list the benefits of storage tiers: increased utilization rates, lower costs of ownership, online disk archiving, and streamlined data protection processes.

Publish date: 12/01/05

Data OnTap GX

On June 12th, Network Appliance announced the general availability of Data ONTAP GX operating system. At its core, Data ONTAP GX makes multiple FAS nodes appear as a single highly scalable and available NAS system. Data ONTAP GX represents the culmination of an arduous integration of namespace technology acquired in the Spinnaker Networks acquisition, with Network Appliance’s core WAFL file system, volume management, and data protection technologies.

Publish date: 08/01/06

ONStor EverON 3.0 - Product In Depth

IT departments have been embarking on server and storage consolidation initiatives with increasing frequency since 2001. In fact, consolidation and virtualization rate as one of the top five spending priorities in most enterprises with which we speak. However, increasingly enterprises are recognizing the need to impose tighter controls and gain greater management efficiencies on another part of their infrastructure - unstructured, file data. Unstructured content represents over 85% of all data in the enterprise and it is growing at an alarming rate.

Publish date: 05/01/07

EMC Extends Benefits of File Virtualization into the Archive - Technology Brief

File virtualization is critical to successful file networking. However, we believe that file virtualization users do not often consider the impact that archiving will have on a virtualized file environment.  In this paper, we discuss some of the challenges around virtualizing archives and explore how EMC has leveraged Rainfinity file virtualization with Centera CAS. We believe that the result is Virtualized File Archiving: a highly efficient virtualized archivefile management solution that retains all of its compliance-driven integrity and capabilities.

Publish date: 07/01/07

Four Trends that Make Clustered File Storage “Enterprise-Ready” Now

Clustered storage is an idea whose time has finally come. For the past decade, the concept of a “pay as you grow” resource with unlimited scalability has been an elusive vision of end users and vendors alike. However, with the events of the past five years, we have witnessed a maturing of clustered storage products as a new crop of nimble, innovative startups have proven that they are capable of supporting and delivering on much of the promise of the initial concept.

Publish date: 08/01/07
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Commvault HyperScale Software Delivers Cloud-Like Scalability, Ease-of-Use and Economics

The market for scale-out data protection solutions took a step forward last week at the coming out party for HyperScale offerings at Commvault GO (the HyperScale offerings were announced last month).