Stories by Brian Fonseca

  • Storage management tools let insurer cut IT head count

    The storage environment of the Health Alliance Plan of Michigan once typified the old adage of "too many cooks in the kitchen," said Daniel Trim, operations director for Unix systems and database management at Detroit-based health care company. Several years back, he said, the company needed several administrators to manage corporate and departmental storage needs and requests.

  • PowerFile adds Blu-ray technology to storage appliance

    PowerFile on Monday announced that it has added Blu-ray disk technology to the latest version of its Active Archive Appliance, part of an effort by the vendor to move beyond the limits of DVD in scaling the optical-based storage offering.

  • Iron Mountain CEO defends firm's security efforts

    Iron Mountain CEO Richard Reese, whose company manages more than 11 petabytes of data for corporate clients, says his biggest challenge is helping customers merge physical and data storage environments. In a recent interview with Computerworld at Iron Mountain's headquarters in Boston, Reese addressed what he called inaccurate reports that the company has lost client tapes from its trucks and facilities, the effect of regulatory compliance on retention practices, and the progress of Iron Mountain's fledgling Digital Business Unit.

  • Coming to your laptop: 1.2TB hard drives

    As hard drive manufacturers relentlessly pursue packing greater aerial density on smaller devices, Fujitsu Computer Products of America may have an ace in the hole. The company is announcing later this week that it has created ideally "ordered" alumina nanohole patterns for isolated bit-by-bit recording on a large disk area.

  • Seagate confirms 'phase out' of PATA disk drives

    Due to the waning popularity of Parallel Advanced Technology Attachment (PATA) technology in favour of the newer and speedier Serial ATA-based disk drives, Seagate has acknowledged plans to stop building the older products.

  • Study: Backup, security to boost personal storage demand

    More complex data protection and data backup requirements for consumers and small to midsize businesses will catapult the use of personal storage devices to a compound annual growth rate of more than 20 percent from 2006 to 2011, according to an IDC study released Monday.

  • High-speed SAS hard drive growth set to explode

    The demand for Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) hard disk drives continues to pick up steam, fuelling predictions by Gartner that 21 million 3Gbps SAS drives will ship during 2008, nearly double the 12 million expected to ship this year.

  • Seagate, Samsung unveil 1TB hard disk drives

    Two months to the day after Hitachi Global Storage Technologies brazenly declared that it had met its goal of shipping a 1TB hard disk drive, competitor Seagate has unveiled its own corporate and consumer 1TB models.

  • IDC lists top 10 storage predictions for 2007

    Corporate IT operations will work to improve capacity-control systems, drive disaster recovery centralization and consistency, and bring in new technology to support the rapid growth of virtualization and personal storage systems, according to IDC's top 10 storage predictions for 2007.

  • EMC screens its future at user confab

    EMC executives have discussed the plausibility of building a "mini storage array" for the average home, as well as the company's plan to add encryption technology to its PowerPath product line, at the EMC World user conference in Orlando.

  • EMC adds de-duplication support to VMware

    Driving home a message that storage management must become more efficient to keep up with the unrelenting pace of data growth, EMC has unveiled a host of new offerings, including a $US1 million virtual tape library and upgraded de-duplication software, at its EMC World user conference in Orlando.

  • Hitachi overhauls virtualization portfolio

    Hitachi Data Systems Corp. gave its storage virtualization software a whole new look with Monday's introduction of a slew of enhancements designed to boost hardware performance, maximize installed storage capacity and help reduce storage consumption by shaving power, cooling and energy costs.