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Amex defensive about offshore plans

Despite a denial by American Express, sources familiar with the company's IT planning insist that it has an internally stated goal to shift a major portion of its software development to offshore locations.
The sources said that New York-based Amex plans to move as much as 70 percent of development work offshore. That shift is an ongoing business objective, they said.

Written by Lucas Mearian10 Feb. 04 22:00

New storage products to double backup speed

FRAMINGHAM (01/09/2004) - Several storage vendors are testing new devices that could double the throughput of Fibre Channel storage-area networks (SAN) and network-attached storage boxes from the current 2Gbit/sec. rate.

Written by Lucas Mearian09 Jan. 04 18:08

EMC introduces 'metered' storage

EMC has introduced a remote storage metering device that's designed to allow its biggest customers to install standby storage and network bandwidth capacity and pay only for what they use.
EMC said its OpenScale Automated Billing appliance is being offered as part of its OpenScale storage asset and financial management program. First introduced in 1999, the OpenScale program has been limited to 50 to 100 EMC customers because its manual reporting process required field engineers to visit customer sites to determine how much storage was being used.

Written by Lucas Mearian26 Aug. 03 22:00

Tutorial/How-to: Plugging storage security holes

Storage systems weren't designed with security in mind. They started out as direct-attached, so if the host was secure, the storage was too. That's all changed.
Fibre Channel storage networks often have multiple switches and IP gateways, allowing access from a myriad of points. Compound this with poor work by systems administrators, new data security laws and recent high-profile cases of consumer information theft, and the need for improved storage security becomes urgent.

Written by Lucas Mearian26 Aug. 03 22:00

Sun pushes consolidation strategy

Sun Microsystems last week laid out a road map for its storage and IT services strategy, saying it will offer multivendor storage management technology and focus on helping IT managers consolidate the servers and storage devices in their data centers.

Written by Lucas Mearian14 July 03 07:57

Canadian credit union goes wireless to replicate data

In one of the first projects of its kind, a Canadian credit union this week has set up a wireless IP network to replicate banking data and other information from its primary data center to a disaster recovery site 32 miles away.
Steinbach Credit Union Inc. in Steinbach, Manitoba, said it's saving C$70,000 (US$47,762) a month by using a wireless setup instead of leasing a virtual private network. The company also didn't have to deal with last-mile connectivity issues, such as the need to lay fiber-optic cable from its buildings to a service provider's network.

Written by Lucas Mearian12 May 03 22:00

Analysis: Intelligent storage

Imagine a storage device that uses its own horsepower to manage data, requires no manual settings for security and doesn't care if the client server speaks in blocks or files. That's the promise of object-based storage. Object-based storage technologies shield the application or operating system from the low-level details of managing file storage. In one method, intelligence is added to the storage device in order to offload low-level storage management tasks traditionally handled by the operating system, such as mapping files to actual storage blocks on the disk drive and managing file attributes and other associated metadata.

Written by Lucas Mearian29 Jan. 03 09:22