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August 19, 2002—In this issue:
- Increases in Storage Density Outstrip Moore's Law
2. NEWS AND VIEWS
- SNIA Officially Launches Management Initiative
- "Internet World" Magazine Conducts 2002 Enterprise Storage Survey
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5. NEW AND IMPROVED
- Create and Control Linux Virtual Servers
- Back Up Data to a USB AIT Device
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(contributed by Elliot King, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Most observers agree that two primary drivers have contributed to IT infrastructure growth: Moore's Law and the data explosion. Moore's Law postulates that the number of transistors that manufacturers can pack on a microprocessor will double every 18 months. In spirit and in practice, that law has been the conceptual underpinning of the explosive growth in computational power on the desktop and elsewhere.
And clearly, the volume of data is mushrooming. In 1999, market research company IDC published a report suggesting that the amount of enterprise data was growing by as much as 80 percent a year. The Giga Information Group believes that the volume of data doubles every 3 years.
Several factors are feeding that growth. In addition to the proliferation of email, Web sites, enterprise-level applications, and image-based information, data increasingly needs to be replicated, backed up, and archived. Often, a piece of information resides in three or four different locations. If IDC's projection was correct, this year enterprises will consume approximately 1.4 million terabytes of storage—more than 12 times the amount consumed in 1998.
By some estimates, the rate of increase in the density of storage media rivals or outstrips both Moore's Law and data growth. According to researchers at IBM's Almaden Research Center, areal densities in storage media have grown an average of 60 percent a year since 1991, resulting in a tenfold increase every 5 years ( http://www.almaden.ibm.com/st/projects/limits ).
Over the past several months, IBM has announced two breakthroughs that underscore the dramatic growth of storage-media capacity. In May 2002, IBM revealed that it had recorded 1TB of data to a DLT cartridge—10 times the amount of data that had been stored on any other linear tape cartridge currently available. IBM also laid out a product road map that includes the development over the next several years of enterprise-class tape drives that will support cartridge capacities from 200GB to 1TB. Several innovations have enhanced data throughput and contributed to the ability to store 1TB of uncompressed data on a 4" x 5" x 1" cartridge. Among these innovations are enhanced read/write technology, increased track densities, and development of a technology for improving linear densities.
The second announcement came this June, when IBM researchers demonstrated a data-storage density of 1 trillion bits per square inch—a figure that's 20 times higher than that of the densest magnetic storage available today. The demonstration was the product of a research project, code-named Millipede, that uses cutting-edge nanotechnology ( http://www.ibm.com/news/us/2002/06/11.html ). IBM researchers liken the Millipede technology to a nanotechnology version of the punch card: Rather than relying on traditional magnetic or electronic approaches to storing data, Millipede uses thousands of nano-sharp tips to punch indentations into a thin plastic film. Each indentation represents one bit of information. Unlike punch cards, however, which were invented more than a century ago, Millipede technology is rewritable. One other small difference is that the Millipede approach can store 3 billion bits of information in the area of one punch-card hole.
The dramatic rate of increase in storage-media capacity has several implications. First, the rate of investment in storage technology won't have to increase at the same rate as the growth in data, so expenditures on storage hardware might not grow as quickly as some in the storage industry have anticipated. Indeed, after the release of the 1TB cartridge, the cost of storing a gigabyte of data on tape will drop from $1 to $0.05. Second, the drive to consolidate storage capacity will continue because larger storage devices might appear to be easier to manage than distributed storage environments. Third, increased storage capacities could lead to the development of some cool new products. Currently, Flash memory technology is expected to reach a capacity of about 2GB in the near term. Millipede technology could produce a capacity of five to eight times that in the same form factor. Such an increase could dramatically change the profile of everything from digital cameras to portable DVD players.
Despite a long-term worry that at some point the industry will run up against the laws of physics, IBM researchers are convinced that their approach could lead to dramatic jumps in storage capacity. Indeed, Gerd Binnig, an IBM fellow, Nobel laureate, and key figure in the Millipede project, contends that IBM's nanomechanical methods could lead to a thousandfold increase in data-storage density.
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2. NEWS AND VIEWS
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The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) last week officially launched the Storage Management Initiative (SMI), a program to develop, standardize, and drive the adoption of open storage-management interfaces. SNIA's initiative is based on the recently submitted and adopted Bluefin specification. The goal of Bluefin is to create a standard for storage-management interoperability, which SNIA perceives as the industry's most challenging concern. SMI hopes to build standards based on the Distributed Management Task Force's (DMTF's) Web-Based Enterprise Management (WBEM) architecture and the Common Information Model (CIM). For more information about Bluefin, see the URLs below.
The initiative's goals include developing a plan to restructure SNIA to support technical development, education, and marketing for the standard; seeking accreditation as a standards body; developing a schedule for advancing the Bluefin specification into a full storage-management interface standard; providing training for developers; staging plugfests and interoperability demonstrations; developing an SMI conformance test suite as part of the SNIA Interoperability Conformance Testing Program; and driving the creation of an open-source initiative to support vendor implementation. Sixteen storage-industry vendors contributed to the development of Bluefin: BMC Software, Brocade Communications Systems, Computer Associates (CA), Dell, EMC, Emulex, Gadzoox Networks, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Hitachi, IBM, JNI, Prisa Networks, QLogic, StorageTek, Sun Microsystems, and VERITAS Software.
In conjunction with investment research firm Punk Ziegel and market research firm Perseus Development, "Internet World" magazine recently surveyed 495 executives and line of business (LOB) managers about their current and future storage-solution deployments ( http://www.internetworld.com/press_releases/08062002.php ). This study documents the increasing demand for enterprise storage solutions.
Of the respondents, 49 percent identified storage as a "business critical priority." With disaster recovery, increasing numbers of customers, and the importance of fast access to data driving demand, 66 percent of the respondents anticipate spending more than $10,000 within the next 12 months on storage products and services, and 26 percent expect to spend more than $100,000. "Internet World" will feature the study's findings in its October issue.
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5. NEW AND IMPROVED
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StorageTek announced SnapVantage, Web-based GUI software that facilitates deployment and recovery of multiple Linux virtual servers that reside on Shared Virtual Array (SVA) subsystems. You can use SnapVantage to create and control Linux virtual servers. SnapVantage starts at $25,000. Contact StorageTek at 800-786-7835.
Condre released a USB AIT storage device for workstations and small to midsized networks and servers. The Condre AIT-1 external drive combines a capacity of 35GB per cartridge with a transfer rate as fast as 4Mbps. The drive features Plug and Play (PnP) connectivity and can be shared among workstations. For pricing, contact Condre at 952-294-4900.
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