Stories by Lucas Mearian

Los Alamos tries object-based storage

FRAMINGHAM (10/20/2003) - Los Alamos National Laboratory Monday plans to announce that it's installing a 1,400-node Linux cluster that uses a new object-based file system technology for data storage.

Hitachi Data revamps high-end arrays

Hitachi Data Systems Corp. (HDS) Wednesday announced major upgrades to its two highest-end storage arrays, including software that allows the systems to mimic optical disks' WORM (write once, read many) capability. The changes are both an attempt to meet new regulatory requirements and compete with similar functionality offered by rival EMC Corp.

EMC releases NAS devices tied to its midrange arrays

FRAMINGHAM (10/03/2003) - EMC Corp. announced this week a pair of network-attached storage (NAS) devices that connect to its midrange Clariion disk arrays for integration with systems on storage-area networks (SAN).

Iron Mountain service assesses e-mail retention systems

FRAMINGHAM (10/03/2003) - Iron Mountain Inc. this week announced a consulting service aimed at helping financial services firms comply with increasing pressure from regulatory agencies to store internal and external electronic correspondence.

New service stores electronic correspondences

FRAMINGHAM (10/03/2003) - Iron Mountain Inc. this week announced a consulting service aimed at helping financial services firms comply with increasing pressure from regulatory agencies to store internal and external electronic correspondence.

EMC releases new NAS devices

FRAMINGHAM (10/01/2003) - EMC Corp. Wednesday announced two new network-attached storage (NAS) devices that use the company's Clariion array as a back end while offering users a mix of low-cost Advanced Technology Attachment (ATA) disk storage and high-end Fibre Channel disk storage. The new products continue EMC's strategy of targeting the midrange marketplace with low-cost hardware that supports high-end functionality.

Experts: Don't panic over Patriot Act, Sarbanes-Oxley

FRAMINGHAM (09/26/2003) - Increased litigation among corporations and new regulatory requirements are taxing IT departments, which are being asked for information without having been involved in the business process that produced it, lawyers and analysts say.

EMC, NetApp expand low-end storage lines

FRAMINGHAM (09/22/2003) - Some leading storage vendors are targeting small and midsize businesses with new low-end hardware and software. But the products are also attracting the attention of corporate IT managers who see them as a good fit for business units, workgroups or remote offices.

IT managers keep systems running despite Isabel's fury

FRAMINGHAM (09/19/2003) - Information technology managers in the mid-Atlantic region this week double-checked telecommunications lines and activated their disaster recovery plans in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Isabel. And for users like Martin Colburn, the effort paid off.

Post-Isabel, IT managers say preparation paid off

FRAMINGHAM (09/19/2003) - Hurricane Isabel dissipated Friday, leaving behind at least 17 people dead and more than 4 million people without electricity. It also left in its wake a slew of IT managers grateful that the storm wasn't any worse.

IT managers brace for Isabel

FRAMINGHAM (09/18/2003) - IT managers along the mid-Atlantic coast were busy this week double-checking telecommunication lines and reviewing disaster recovery plans in preparation for Hurricane Isabel, which could cause billions of dollars in damage by Friday. Most in danger are telecommunications and other technology infrastructures in both the private and government sectors.

Global standard will force changes in banks' IT

A proposed international regulation that would require banks to tighten their integration of different back-office systems and use more sophisticated risk management tools is expected to be finalised in the fourth quarter, thus pushing companies to begin capturing customer data for compliance purposes by late 2004.

McData buys Nishan, Sanera for $185M

McData said Monday that it is acquiring Nishan Systems and Sanera Systems for US$83 million and $102 million, respectively, so it can move from offering just Fibre Channel directors to offering storage over IP and expand its port count from a maximum of 140 now to 246.

IT leads recovery after regional power failure

When the power went out in Manhattan late Thursday afternoon (Friday morning NZ time), the stock markets had already closed. But the crucial trade-settlement system that uses thousands of batch-processing computers around New York City to clear billions of dollars in trades had just come to life.

Senior execs looking for business-savvy IT managers

Business executives from a group of financial services firms last week shared a basic idea about how CIOs can deliver returns on IT projects: For starters, they said, IT managers have to be able to read an income statement.