A video controller manufacturer was having problems with its storage appliances, ranging from slow read-write access to high maintenance costs. By replacing its NetApp hardware with Fiber Channel boxes from EMC, engineering simulation times have been reduced, from days or weeks to 45 minutes or less.
Storage software vendor Veritas Software Corp. recently announced that it plans to expand its research and development (R&D) operations in India by hiring 300 new staff at its Pune facility over the next year.
As networked storage (e.g., SAN, NAS) matures by 2004/05, larger and more sophisticated implementations will drive the need for storage applications to become application and DBMS aware, which will expose immature storage-related security procedures. Through 2004, the value proposition and price emphasis will shift from hardware components to software and services, further separating and forming a storage operations discipline independent of DBMS, systems, and application network management.
Microsoft Corp. advanced its drive into the data storage management market recently with the acquisition of XDegrees Inc., a small developer of software designed to enable secure access to information stored across enterprise systems.