Storage Outlook ’08: Vendor New Year’s Resolutions

Storage Outlook '08: Storage vendors' New Year's resolutions


  • HP


iSCSI and storage virtualization are overrated in HP's eyes, he said. Eitenbichler claims HP wizards make its midrange Fibre Channel EVAs as easy to set up as iSCSI SANs.


As for storage virtualization, "we continue to see in the market that customers are only looking for virtualization to migrate data between heterogeneous systems. Virtualization is not the way to describe that—we prefer to call it heterogeneous data mobility." Instead of developing a virtual appliance, HP will pursue heterogeneous data mobility with software tools developed from its acquisition of SRM player AppIQ and data center automation company Opsware.


Meanwhile, HP sees 2008 as the "Year of Dedupe." HP will qualify its VTL partner Sepaton's data deduplication with its VLS6000 and 9000 products, and will release a new grid architecture for the 9000 to improve performance. "The focus we have at the high end is scalability and performance—at the low end we will focus on compatibility and data reduction ratios," Eitenbichler said.

  • Brocade


To continue its stand against Cisco, Brocade will have to keep hitting the roadmap targets it set during and after its Analyst Day in September. Brocade is looking to add fabric-based services to its products, including data migration, encryption, continuous data protection, replication and Quality of Service (QoS). In the first half of 2008, the company plans to release an Intelligent Server Adapter, which will be its first foray into fabric intelligence. Another goal is to generate 60% to 80% of its revenue from products no older than 18 months, which also means further acquisitions.

  • EMC

Symmetrix, Clariion, Celerraの統合を目指す。

Finally, EMC has begun heavy consolidation of engineering around existing disk array products, with Celerra, Clariion and Symmetrix developers opening code to one another. More consolidation is planned further down the road.


At a user event in September, EMC previewed a Universal Backup and Archive Appliance expected in 2009 that will combine Legato Networker, DiskXtender, EmailXtender, Centera, Backup Advisor and Avamar data deduplication.