Storage vendors are once again jockeying for position with upcoming releases of the latest hardware technologies.
IBM is readying a dual-controller, Fibre Channel disk array which houses as much as one terabyte of storage and supports 4GB, 9GB, and 18GB Ultra-SCSI drives.
The unit, code-named Dolphin, is built around a standard Netfinity rack enclosure, and also features dual Fibre Channel hubs and other high-availability features, such as redundant fans and power supplies.
An IBM representative said all RAID configurations are supported by the unit, which can be assigned and controlled from a Dolphin-based GUI interface or via IBM's Adstar storage control software.
IBM and Quantum are both preparing to release new hard drives that will break the current 18GB capacity barrier. IBM will release a 7200rpm, 20GB IDE hard drive in this year's fourth quarter or next year's first quarter, said a source familiar with the product.
Quantum is also releasing a high-end, full Fibre Channel hard disk product of more than 18GB, said a source close to the company.
Hewlett-Packard is drawing attention to its storage-area network strategy with the December 1 release of its FC 1010D storage system, a 10-disk, full Fibre Channel array which supports 10,000rpm drives of 9GB and 18GB and will be available through various HP channels.
HP is also marshalling a handful of automated utility scripts, storage-management software modules, and extended support capabilities that are focused on storage-network creation.