Storage UPDATE, November 3, 2003

Storage UPDATE--November 3, 2003

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1. Commentary

- Content Management vs. Storage Management

2. News and Views

- Data Growth on the Rise

- EMC and Nortel Unveil Business Solution

3. Announcements

- Order Windows & .NET Magazine and the Article Archive CD at One Low Rate!

- New Windows & .NET Magazine Web Site Unveiled!

4. Resource

- Booting from a SAN

5. Event

- Don't Miss Our 4 New Web Seminars

6. New and Improved

- Storage Devices Add Windows Storage Server 2003

- RAID System Supports Multiple OSs

- Tell Us About a Hot Product and Get a T-Shirt!

7. Contact Us

- See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

==== Sponsor: NSI Software ====

Given that 80% of businesspeople say email is more valuable to them than telephone* -- there has never been a better time to develop an Exchange protection plan.*(Meta Group, 2003) NSI(R) Software's Double-Take(R), the de facto standard in data protection, combines replication and failover to ensure that your Exchange server is protected and available. Double-Take is more affordable than synchronous mirroring. It enables you to recover from an Exchange outage more quickly than tape backup. Given recent worldwide events, like the Northeast blackout and the west coast wild fires, can you afford to be without Double-Take?

To learn how Double-Take can help you protect your Exchange data, download our complimentary whitepaper, "NSI Solutions for Microsoft Exchange." http://www.nsisoftware.com/how/winnt_exchange.asp

==========

==== 1. Commentary ====

by Elliot King, [email protected]

Content Management vs. Storage Management

EMC's purchase of Documentum, a leading provider of content-management technology, has raised the stakes for a new generation of storage-management functionality. By purchasing Documentum, EMC has demonstrated its faith that its content-addressed storage (CAS)--which until now has been a relatively niche-oriented technology--will be a significant driver of growth in the years to come. In fact, the deal could set off a round of intense competition among storage vendors and providers of content-management solutions alike. The result could be a more sophisticated, smarter storage infrastructure that gives administrators better control of the information-management life cycle.

CAS, which EMC offers through its Centera line of storage products, adds metadata--typically a unique address--to each piece of stored data. The addition of metadata facilitates storage and--more important--retrieval of unstructured data (i.e., data that resides outside a database) and data that's considered to have fixed content (e.g., an image). In general, CAS technology works best with information that doesn't change frequently. With CAS, only changed data is stored, potentially reducing storage capacity needs and lowering costs.

Several forces have fueled the growth of CAS. First, the amount of unstructured data, ranging from email to PDFs to images for Web sites, has exploded. Second, new regulatory compliance requirements mean companies must be able to retrieve vast amounts of archived information quickly and efficiently.

What CAS does from the storage side, content management does from the application side. Like CAS, content-management software adds metadata to unstructured data, enabling companies to better manage the documents that the enterprise produces.

The EMC-Documentum deal potentially heralds a bold attempt to marry CAS and content-management technology. This acquisition should trigger a flurry of responses from competitors in the storage arena and the content-management sector. One aspect of the competition will revolve around the use of proprietary versus open standards. For example, 2 weeks ago, Permabit, a startup company founded by veterans of the third-party IBM AS/400 Plug and Play (PnP) market, unveiled CAS technology that works with standard NFS and Common Internet File System (CIFS) storage interfaces. EMC's Centera technology, in contrast, has a propriety interface.

According to Richard Vito, Permabit chief operating officer (COO), content-addressable storage technology is now appropriate and affordable for workgroups and small implementations because Permabit technology can be used with off-the-shelf hardware and existing applications. Vito says that Documentum's competitors are also interested in incorporating the Permabit technology into their offerings.

Documentum's competitors in the content-management arena should open up another competitive front--the integration of content management and CAS with business process management. For example, Harris H. Hunt, director of product marketing at FileNet--which is known for its content-management and workflow technology--argues that the EMC-Documentum technology isn't process-oriented enough to meet the requirements of many applications.

As the competition in this arena heats up, storage administrators should keep at least three considerations in mind. First, CAS isn't a replacement technology. Although it can and should be applied to specific storage applications, you don't need to rip out and replace your entire storage infrastructure.

Second, CAS and content management address a deeply felt need in most enterprises--the need to be able to efficiently retrieve unstructured, stored data. For example, email plays a major role in the need for increased storage capacity. Why do people keep thousands of email messages and associated attachments in their Inboxes? Because keeping documents in the email system is a simple strategy that lets users use keywords to search for information. In many cases, storing information in an email program is more effective than storing it in a file system.

Finally, the EMC-Documentum deal marks the beginning of a road that eventually all enterprises will have to follow. Storage infrastructures must become more sophisticated and more intelligent. As the information haystack grows, the need to be able to find specific needles becomes more pressing.

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==== 2. News and Views ====

by Keith Furman, [email protected]

Data Growth on the Rise

How's the market for data storage these days? How much is the market growing, and what's fueling that growth? A new report from the University of California at Berkeley's School of Information Management and Systems might provide some answers.

According to the report, a staggering amount of data was created 2002: 5 exabytes, which is equivalent to 5 million terabytes. The data was stored on print, film, magnetic, and optical storage media. A large percentage of the new information, 92 percent to be exact, was stored on magnetic media, mostly hard disks. The United States produced 40 percent of the world's new data. Assuming a world population of 6.3 billion, that means 800MB of information was recorded per person. The report estimates the amount of new information has doubled in the past 3 years.

The report includes information about networks, including Web storage, Instant Messaging (IM), and email. According to the school, the Web contains about 170TB of information. IM usage is growing and already generates 5 billion messages (about 750GB) a day, or about 274TB a year. By comparison, 31 billion email messages are sent every day, which creates about 400,000TB of new information each year.

http://www.sims.berkeley.edu/research/projects/how-much-info-2003

EMC and Nortel Unveil Business Solution

EMC and Nortel Networks have announced a new offering for enterprise customers to simplify using optical WANs and metropolitan area networks (MANs) for remote mirroring of data. The new offering, dubbed the Business Continuity over Optical Networks Solution, combines EMC's networked storage systems and software with Nortel's Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology. The companies have put together best-practices documentation that they hope will help companies implement remote mirroring solutions. "Companies are strapped for resources and are feeling increasing pressure, including from regulators, to make sure they can recover quickly from a disaster. Services that help customers implement remote mirroring over optical networks will allow them to meet their business requirements while saving time and money on operations," said Sterling Perrin, senior research analyst at IDC.

The solution integrates EMC's Symmetrix and CLARiiON networked storage systems and its Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF), SRDF/Asynchronous (SRDF/A), and MirrorView remote replication software with Nortel's OPTera Metro 5000 Multiservice Platform. The companies plan to continue to expand their relationship by working together to support additional technologies, including Storage over Synchronous Optical Network (SONET) and Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) standards.

http://www.emc.com

http://www.nortelnetworks.com

==== 3. Announcements ====

(from Windows & .NET Magazine and its partners)

Order Windows & .NET Magazine and the Article Archive CD at One Low Rate!

What's better than Windows & .NET Magazine? Try Windows & .NET Magazine and the Windows & .NET Magazine Article Archive CD at one super low rate. Read Windows & .NET Magazine in the office. Take the Article Archive CD with you on the road. Subscribe now!

http://www.winnetmag.com/rd.cfm?code=wcep203xcc

New Windows & .NET Magazine Web Site Unveiled!

We are proud to announce the new and improved Windows & .NET Magazine Web site. Discover the fresh, new look and a more simplified way to find answers, news, strategic guidance, and how-to information. Check out our new Web site at

http://www.winnetmag.com

==== 4. Resource ====

Booting from a SAN

Would you like to be able to boot from your Storage Area Network (SAN)? Booting from a SAN is extremely complex and requires that your SAN vendor provide drivers and firmware revisions, among other things, to make sure that all the hardware (e.g., storage systems, switches, host bus adapters--HBAs) work together correctly. For information about what's required to boot from a SAN and troubleshooting common problems, see the Microsoft article "Support for Booting from a Storage Area Network (SAN)."

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=305547

==== 5. Event ====

(brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine)

Don't Miss Our 4 New Web Seminars

Sign up today for these upcoming Web seminars: How to Pick the Right Anti-Spam Solution, Assessing IM Risks on Your Network, Choosing the Right Patch Management Solution, and the Costs of Spam. Don't miss these free events!

http://www.winnetmag.com/seminars

==== 6. New and Improved ====

by Renee Munshi, [email protected]

Storage Devices Add Windows Storage Server 2003

STORServer announced that it will begin shipping Powered by Windows Backup Appliances this month. The Powered by Windows line, which includes all STORServer models, integrates the Windows Storage Server 2003 Web-based UI with backup and recovery software to offer backup, storage, and disaster recovery in an appliance format. The appliances hold from 50GB to 10TB of data and range in cost from $15,000 to $120,000, depending on the model. STORServer Powered by Windows Backup Appliances work with 35 platforms (including Windows, UNIX, Linux, and OpenVMS). For more information about STORServer and its products, visit STORServer's Web site.

http://www.storserver.com

RAID System Supports Multiple OSs

Cepoint Networks introduced the Fault-Tolerant 3U (Model RS315) RAID system. The RS315's Plug and Play (PnP) shared-array-storage characteristics and its OS independence make this RAID system transparent in most environments. The system supports multiple OSs, including Windows, Linux, and Sun Microsystems' Solaris. The RS315 is configurable with up to 4TB of storage capacity on Serial ATA hard disks. The product offers the option of dual 2GBps Fibre Channel host interfaces with a data rate of up to 200MBps and fault-tolerant features suitable for clustering in an enterprise computing environment. The RS315 has dual hot-swappable power supplies and supports RAID levels 0, 1, 0+1, 3, 5, 10, 30, 50, and Just a Bunch of Disks (JBOD). For more information, contact [email protected] or 603-883-7979.

http://www.cepoint.com

Tell Us About a Hot Product and Get a T-Shirt!

Have you used a product that changed your IT experience by saving you time or easing your daily burden? Tell us about the product, and we'll send you a Windows & .NET Magazine T-shirt if we write about the product in a future Windows & .NET Magazine What's Hot column. Send your product suggestions with information about how the product has helped you to [email protected]

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Copyright 2003, Penton Media, Inc.

Storage UPDATE--November 3, 2003

==== This Issue Sponsored By ====

NSI Software

http://www.nsisoftware.com/how/winnt_exchange.asp

Security Administrator

http://www.secadministrator.com/rd.cfm?code=fsei253xup

==========

1. Commentary

- Content Management vs. Storage Management

2. News and Views

- Data Growth on the Rise

- EMC and Nortel Unveil Business Solution

3. Announcements

- Order Windows & .NET Magazine and the Article Archive CD at One Low Rate!

- New Windows & .NET Magazine Web Site Unveiled!

4. Resource

- Booting from a SAN

5. Event

- Don't Miss Our 4 New Web Seminars

6. New and Improved

- Storage Devices Add Windows Storage Server 2003

- RAID System Supports Multiple OSs

- Tell Us About a Hot Product and Get a T-Shirt!

7. Contact Us

- See this section for a list of ways to contact us.

==== Sponsor: NSI Software ====

Given that 80% of businesspeople say email is more valuable to them than telephone* -- there has never been a better time to develop an Exchange protection plan.*(Meta Group, 2003) NSI(R) Software's Double-Take(R), the de facto standard in data protection, combines replication and failover to ensure that your Exchange server is protected and available. Double-Take is more affordable than synchronous mirroring. It enables you to recover from an Exchange outage more quickly than tape backup. Given recent worldwide events, like the Northeast blackout and the west coast wild fires, can you afford to be without Double-Take?

To learn how Double-Take can help you protect your Exchange data, download our complimentary whitepaper, "NSI Solutions for Microsoft Exchange." http://www.nsisoftware.com/how/winnt_exchange.asp

==========

==== 1. Commentary ====

by Elliot King, [email protected]

Content Management vs. Storage Management

EMC's purchase of Documentum, a leading provider of content-management technology, has raised the stakes for a new generation of storage-management functionality. By purchasing Documentum, EMC has demonstrated its faith that its content-addressed storage (CAS)--which until now has been a relatively niche-oriented technology--will be a significant driver of growth in the years to come. In fact, the deal could set off a round of intense competition among storage vendors and providers of content-management solutions alike. The result could be a more sophisticated, smarter storage infrastructure that gives administrators better control of the information-management life cycle.

CAS, which EMC offers through its Centera line of storage products, adds metadata--typically a unique address--to each piece of stored data. The addition of metadata facilitates storage and--more important--retrieval of unstructured data (i.e., data that resides outside a database) and data that's considered to have fixed content (e.g., an image). In general, CAS technology works best with information that doesn't change frequently. With CAS, only changed data is stored, potentially reducing storage capacity needs and lowering costs.

Several forces have fueled the growth of CAS. First, the amount of unstructured data, ranging from email to PDFs to images for Web sites, has exploded. Second, new regulatory compliance requirements mean companies must be able to retrieve vast amounts of archived information quickly and efficiently.

What CAS does from the storage side, content management does from the application side. Like CAS, content-management software adds metadata to unstructured data, enabling companies to better manage the documents that the enterprise produces.

The EMC-Documentum deal potentially heralds a bold attempt to marry CAS and content-management technology. This acquisition should trigger a flurry of responses from competitors in the storage arena and the content-management sector. One aspect of the competition will revolve around the use of proprietary versus open standards. For example, 2 weeks ago, Permabit, a startup company founded by veterans of the third-party IBM AS/400 Plug and Play (PnP) market, unveiled CAS technology that works with standard NFS and Common Internet File System (CIFS) storage interfaces. EMC's Centera technology, in contrast, has a propriety interface.

According to Richard Vito, Permabit chief operating officer (COO), content-addressable storage technology is now appropriate and affordable for workgroups and small implementations because Permabit technology can be used with off-the-shelf hardware and existing applications. Vito says that Documentum's competitors are also interested in incorporating the Permabit technology into their offerings.

Documentum's competitors in the content-management arena should open up another competitive front--the integration of content management and CAS with business process management. For example, Harris H. Hunt, director of product marketing at FileNet--which is known for its content-management and workflow technology--argues that the EMC-Documentum technology isn't process-oriented enough to meet the requirements of many applications.

As the competition in this arena heats up, storage administrators should keep at least three considerations in mind. First, CAS isn't a replacement technology. Although it can and should be applied to specific storage applications, you don't need to rip out and replace your entire storage infrastructure.

Second, CAS and content management address a deeply felt need in most enterprises--the need to be able to efficiently retrieve unstructured, stored data. For example, email plays a major role in the need for increased storage capacity. Why do people keep thousands of email messages and associated attachments in their Inboxes? Because keeping documents in the email system is a simple strategy that lets users use keywords to search for information. In many cases, storing information in an email program is more effective than storing it in a file system.

Finally, the EMC-Documentum deal marks the beginning of a road that eventually all enterprises will have to follow. Storage infrastructures must become more sophisticated and more intelligent. As the information haystack grows, the need to be able to find specific needles becomes more pressing.

==== Sponsor: Security Administrator ====

Try a Sample Issue of Security Administrator

Security Administrator is the monthly newsletter from Windows & .NET Magazine that shows you how to protect your network from external intruders and control access for internal users. But don't just take our word for it. Sign up for a sample issue right now. You'll feel more secure just knowing you did. Click here!

http://www.secadministrator.com/rd.cfm?code=fsei253xup

==== 2. News and Views ====

by Keith Furman, [email protected]

Data Growth on the Rise

How's the market for data storage these days? How much is the market growing, and what's fueling that growth? A new report from the University of California at Berkeley's School of Information Management and Systems might provide some answers.

According to the report, a staggering amount of data was created 2002: 5 exabytes, which is equivalent to 5 million terabytes. The data was stored on print, film, magnetic, and optical storage media. A large percentage of the new information, 92 percent to be exact, was stored on magnetic media, mostly hard disks. The United States produced 40 percent of the world's new data. Assuming a world population of 6.3 billion, that means 800MB of information was recorded per person. The report estimates the amount of new information has doubled in the past 3 years.

The report includes information about networks, including Web storage, Instant Messaging (IM), and email. According to the school, the Web contains about 170TB of information. IM usage is growing and already generates 5 billion messages (about 750GB) a day, or about 274TB a year. By comparison, 31 billion email messages are sent every day, which creates about 400,000TB of new information each year.

http://www.sims.berkeley.edu/research/projects/how-much-info-2003

EMC and Nortel Unveil Business Solution

EMC and Nortel Networks have announced a new offering for enterprise customers to simplify using optical WANs and metropolitan area networks (MANs) for remote mirroring of data. The new offering, dubbed the Business Continuity over Optical Networks Solution, combines EMC's networked storage systems and software with Nortel's Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology. The companies have put together best-practices documentation that they hope will help companies implement remote mirroring solutions. "Companies are strapped for resources and are feeling increasing pressure, including from regulators, to make sure they can recover quickly from a disaster. Services that help customers implement remote mirroring over optical networks will allow them to meet their business requirements while saving time and money on operations," said Sterling Perrin, senior research analyst at IDC.

The solution integrates EMC's Symmetrix and CLARiiON networked storage systems and its Symmetrix Remote Data Facility (SRDF), SRDF/Asynchronous (SRDF/A), and MirrorView remote replication software with Nortel's OPTera Metro 5000 Multiservice Platform. The companies plan to continue to expand their relationship by working together to support additional technologies, including Storage over Synchronous Optical Network (SONET) and Synchronous Digital Hierarchy (SDH) standards.

http://www.emc.com

http://www.nortelnetworks.com

==== 3. Announcements ====

(from Windows & .NET Magazine and its partners)

Order Windows & .NET Magazine and the Article Archive CD at One Low Rate!

What's better than Windows & .NET Magazine? Try Windows & .NET Magazine and the Windows & .NET Magazine Article Archive CD at one super low rate. Read Windows & .NET Magazine in the office. Take the Article Archive CD with you on the road. Subscribe now!

http://www.winnetmag.com/rd.cfm?code=wcep203xcc

New Windows & .NET Magazine Web Site Unveiled!

We are proud to announce the new and improved Windows & .NET Magazine Web site. Discover the fresh, new look and a more simplified way to find answers, news, strategic guidance, and how-to information. Check out our new Web site at

http://www.winnetmag.com

==== 4. Resource ====

Booting from a SAN

Would you like to be able to boot from your Storage Area Network (SAN)? Booting from a SAN is extremely complex and requires that your SAN vendor provide drivers and firmware revisions, among other things, to make sure that all the hardware (e.g., storage systems, switches, host bus adapters--HBAs) work together correctly. For information about what's required to boot from a SAN and troubleshooting common problems, see the Microsoft article "Support for Booting from a Storage Area Network (SAN)."

http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=305547

==== 5. Event ====

(brought to you by Windows & .NET Magazine)

Don't Miss Our 4 New Web Seminars

Sign up today for these upcoming Web seminars: How to Pick the Right Anti-Spam Solution, Assessing IM Risks on Your Network, Choosing the Right Patch Management Solution, and the Costs of Spam. Don't miss these free events!

http://www.winnetmag.com/seminars

==== 6. New and Improved ====

by Renee Munshi, [email protected]

Storage Devices Add Windows Storage Server 2003

STORServer announced that it will begin shipping Powered by Windows Backup Appliances this month. The Powered by Windows line, which includes all STORServer models, integrates the Windows Storage Server 2003 Web-based UI with backup and recovery software to offer backup, storage, and disaster recovery in an appliance format. The appliances hold from 50GB to 10TB of data and range in cost from $15,000 to $120,000, depending on the model. STORServer Powered by Windows Backup Appliances work with 35 platforms (including Windows, UNIX, Linux, and OpenVMS). For more information about STORServer and its products, visit STORServer's Web site.

http://www.storserver.com

RAID System Supports Multiple OSs

Cepoint Networks introduced the Fault-Tolerant 3U (Model RS315) RAID system. The RS315's Plug and Play (PnP) shared-array-storage characteristics and its OS independence make this RAID system transparent in most environments. The system supports multiple OSs, including Windows, Linux, and Sun Microsystems' Solaris. The RS315 is configurable with up to 4TB of storage capacity on Serial ATA hard disks. The product offers the option of dual 2GBps Fibre Channel host interfaces with a data rate of up to 200MBps and fault-tolerant features suitable for clustering in an enterprise computing environment. The RS315 has dual hot-swappable power supplies and supports RAID levels 0, 1, 0+1, 3, 5, 10, 30, 50, and Just a Bunch of Disks (JBOD). For more information, contact [email protected] or 603-883-7979.

http://www.cepoint.com

Tell Us About a Hot Product and Get a T-Shirt!

Have you used a product that changed your IT experience by saving you time or easing your daily burden? Tell us about the product, and we'll send you a Windows & .NET Magazine T-shirt if we write about the product in a future Windows & .NET Magazine What's Hot column. Send your product suggestions with information about how the product has helped you to [email protected]

==== Sponsored Links ====

Argent

Comparison Paper: The Argent Guardian Easily Beats Out MOM

http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;6480843;8214395;q?http://www.argent.com/products/download_whitepaper.cgi?product=mom&&Source=WNTTextLink

=========

==== 7. Contact Us ====

About the commentary -- [email protected]

About the newsletter -- [email protected]

About technical questions -- http://www.winnetmag.com/forums

About product news -- [email protected]

About your subscription -- [email protected]

About sponsoring UPDATE -- [email protected]

===============

Copyright 2003, Penton Media, Inc.

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