Stories by Deni Connor

Dell enters converged networking market

Dell entered the Fibre Channel over Ethernet market last week with OEM deals from Brocade and QLogic and endorsed 10Gigabit Ethernet as a customer's technology of choice.

EMC finally rolls out FAST

EMC rolled out this week its much anticipated FAST software, which automatically migrates data between tiers of storage based on policies the storage administrator sets.

Symantec enhances Veritas Storage Foundation

Symantec has announced that it has enhanced three of its flagship products – Veritas Storage Foundation, Veritas Cluster File System and Veritas Cluster Server – with support for migrating data into and out of solid state drives and the ability to reclaim unused storage. In addition, the company has enhanced the failover capabilities of Veritas Cluster File System to work with structured data in Oracle, Sybase or IBM DB2 applications.

Acadia, Cisco, EMC, VMware data center cloud unveiled

Cisco, EMC and VMware last week unveiled the much rumored joint venture to sell their products to companies wanting to build internal clouds. Called Acadia (for who knows what reason), the joint venture is a collaboration between the three companies that will launch in 2010 and sell what they call Vblocks, preconfigured packages of Cisco UCS blade servers, EMC storage gear, VMware virtualization software and EMC Ionix management software.

The week in storage

Last week in storage garnered several announcements from SteelEye, 3PAR, Brocade and Thales.

IBM bolsters storage arrays

IBM bolstered storage family with the introduction of new storage arrays targeted at midsize and enterprise-sized companies.The company introduced high-end DS8700 array, which provides 2.5x the performance of the DS8300 and is 50% more energy efficient. 

SNW highlights SSDs, more

At Storage Networking World a couple of weeks ago, the focus was on solid-state drives and cloud technologies.

VMware Remains Only Holdout on Multi-vendor Virtual Server Management

Managing both the hardware and software of rivals has been a standard feature for management software vendors for years. Only recently however, have virtualization vendors begun to follow suit -- offering the ability to manage not only their own virtual server environments, but those of competitors as well.

Virtual-Server Vendors' Apps Manage Competing Products

Virtual-server vendors are following the example of systems-management and physical-server vendors by expanding their management applications to control not only their own virtual server environments, but those of their competitors.

Do VMware Certifications Offer a Competitive Weapon

Even as Microsoft rolls out ever-more-refined beta versions of its hypervisor, VMware is emphasizing technical knowledge about virtualization in general and facility with its own products in particular as a way to maintain its market dominance. Its most recent evolution is a certification program designed for the architects behind virtualization deployments, a move that is generally applauded by IT managers.

Earthly needs

John Lewis, IS director at Geokinetics, didn't let the geophysical services company's rapid growth shake him up.