Storage UPDATE, March 3, 2003


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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ March 3, 2003--In this issue:

1. COMMENTARY - Remote Storage Service

2. NEWS AND VIEWS - EMC to Purchase LEGATO? - Storage Networking Experiences Growth

3. ANNOUNCEMENT - Don't Miss Our Windows Powered NAS Web Seminar Tomorrow!

4. INSTANT POLL - Results of Previous Poll: Is Your Company Implementing Windows Server 2003? - New Instant Poll: Is RSS for Your Company?

5. RESOURCES - VERITAS's Backup Exec vs. CA's BrightStor ARCserve 6. NEW AND IMPROVED - RAID Security for Small Businesses - Simplify NetFORCE Management Tasks - Submit Top Product Ideas

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(contributed by Jerry Cochran)

* REMOTE STORAGE SERVICE Until recently, I didn't pay much attention to Microsoft Remote Storage Service (RSS). However, as more companies consider deploying their Windows servers and applications on high-capacity Storage Area Networks (SANs) and other "storage utility" environments, and as application data continues to bloat, RSS is becoming a tool that Windows administrators can't afford to ignore. Let's examine RSS and consider what it can do for your organization.

If you've worked in IT for any reasonable length of time, you know that the promise of Hierarchical Storage Management (HSM) preceded the Windows platform. HSM lets you prune data from total storage to accomplish key goals such as reducing total storage consumption, shrinking backup windows, and migrating unneeded data from local storage.

I've always thought of HSM as a three-tiered approach to data management. Tier 1 is online storage, in which data remains immediately accessible to applications and user requests. This storage includes straightforward nonremovable storage mechanisms such as local hard disks, SAN storage, and application stores. Tier 2 is nearline storage, which is data you've migrated to an intermediate secondary storage container (either removable or nonremovable) in the form of a secondary magnetic disk device, an optical disk device, or even an application-specific storage mechanism. Tier 3 is offline storage, which is data that you've migrated to a removable storage device such as tape or other media for later use and recovery.

What drives HSM products is the need to segment data stores into manageable context- and time-sensitive containers. For example, as a Microsoft Exchange Server administrator, I can try to work with a monolithic mass of data, which continually frustrates me and leaves me feeling helpless, or I can implement a data-management strategy that includes HSM to gain control of that data. If I'm a Windows administrator managing a file server that contains terabytes of data, I can manage this data as one set or approach it as several subsets--for example, frequently used, rarely used, and never used data. I can then decide whether to include policies for each subset of data (e.g., back up frequently used data every night, migrate less frequently used data to tape). These features are the essence of HSM technology that many enterprises are beginning to think about in the Windows space.

Microsoft introduced RSS, its implementation of HSM, with Windows 2000. However, RSS is simpler than HSM in that it differentiates between just two levels of storage--local and remote. As a result, RSS migrates data transparently from local disk storage to remote devices such as tape libraries. The Win2K Server OS includes RSS, and computers running Win2K Professional are also HSM-aware. Many elements of the storage, application, and GUI are HSM-aware and work together to ensure that HSM integrates fully into the user experience.

\[This commentary is excerpted from a longer article. To read the full-length article, which discusses the user experience with an RSS deployment, the additional costs of deploying RSS, and the future of RSS, go the following URL:\]


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(contributed by Keith Furman,

* EMC TO PURCHASE LEGATO? According to a Reuters report, EMC is considered the front-runner in the race to acquire LEGATO Systems, a storage and backup software company. The report states that EMC has offered $750 million to acquire the company, a price that other potential buyers have been unwilling to match. Reuters reports that other companies, including Computer Associates (CA), Hewlett-Packard (HP), IBM, VERITAS Software (one of LEGATO's chief competitors), and Sun Microsystems, have considered acquiring LEGATO but have decided against doing so. LEGATO recently hired investment bank Morgan Stanley to conduct an auction to sell the company. LEGATO was expected to fetch as much as $1 billion, and whether LEGATO will accept EMC's offer is not known. If a better offer doesn't surface, LEGATO would be forced to either sell to EMC or end its search for a buyer.

LEGATO sells information protection, application availability, and storage management solutions. In the past, EMC has targeted small and private companies for acquisition. EMC has increasingly focused its resources on software to help combat falling hardware sales. Most recently, EMC bought privately held Prisa Networks, which develops data storage management software.

* STORAGE NETWORKING EXPERIENCES GROWTH Although other industries saw negative growth last year, worldwide sales of Storage Area Network (SAN) switches grew 15 percent in 2002, according to a report released by market research firm Dell'Oro Group. SAN switch sales increased to $954 million in 2002, and Dell'Oro Group expects the growth to continue. Last year's growth was credited to the introduction of many new products. One SAN technology that experienced the most growth was 2Gbps Fibre Channel switches. The SAN switch market transitioned from 1Gbps Fibre Channel switches to 2Gbps Fibre Channel switches, with the 2Gbps switches accounting for more than 95 percent of fourth quarter 2002 switch sales, as compared with 20 percent 1 year earlier.

The report included market share and growth information about 2002 worldwide market leaders. Brocade continued market dominance, commanding 58 percent market share with an increase of 19 percent in revenue. McDATA followed Brocade with 29 percent market share and 1 percent revenue growth. Inrange Technologies followed McDATA with 6 percent market share and 35 percent revenue growth. Dell'Oro Group expects worldwide 2003 sales to grow 12 percent to $1.1 billion.



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* RESULTS OF PREVIOUS POLL: IS YOUR COMPANY IMPLEMENTING WINDOWS SERVER 2003? The voting has closed in the Windows & .NET Magazine Network's Storage Admin Channel nonscientific Instant Poll for the question, "Is your organization planning to implement Windows Server 2003?" Here are the results from the 49 votes. 22%--Yes, this year 39%--Within the next 2 years 39%--No

* NEW INSTANT POLL: IS RSS FOR YOUR COMPANY? The current Instant Poll question is, "Would you consider deploying Microsoft RSS for your company?" Go to the Storage Admin Channel home page and submit your vote for a) Yes, b) Maybe, I'd like to know more about it, or c) No



* VERITAS'S BACKUP EXEC VS. CA'S BRIGHTSTOR ARCSERVE This summer, forum member "Zanta" is planning to install a backup solution for five Web sites that have 10 to 20 servers each. Most servers will run Windows Server 2003, have a tape library, and have a Storage Area Network (SAN). Zanta wants to know which solution is better for the project, VERITAS Software's Backup Exec 9.0 or Computer Associates' (CA's) BrightStor ARCserve 9.0. Price isn't a concern. To lend Zanta a helping hand, go to the following URL:



(contributed by Carolyn Mader,

* RAID SECURITY FOR SMALL BUSINESSES Nexsan Technologies announced ATAbaby, an automated disk-based storage solution that features bundled InfiniSAN D2D 2.0 Server software, as much as 1TB of storage capacity, and RAID protection in a rack-mount 1U (1.75") appliance. ATAbaby supports RAID 5 and RAID 0, Just a Bunch of Disks (JBOD), and SCSI Enclosure Services (SES). Pricing for a 320GB storage capacity solution starts at $2595. The 1TB solution costs $4295. Contact Nexsan Technologies at 818-715-9111 or 866-463-9726.

* SIMPLIFY NETFORCE MANAGEMENT TASKS Procom Technology announced enhancements to the management interface of its NetFORCE family of Network Attached Storage (NAS) filers. The new object-oriented administration interface presents information in hierarchical format. You can use the interface to navigate and display every aspect of the NetFORCE system. You can upgrade any NetFORCE system with at least 512MB of RAM and a 64MB flash disk. Contact Procom Technology at 800-800-8600 or

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