are a whooping number of storage hardware and software vendors
in India. And to help put your storage needs together, there
are many experienced integrators. Take a day out to explore
the options before making a purchase. by Soutiman Das Gupta
Saxena (the CTO we spoke about in page 21, who has acute storage
problems) is now wise to the larger issues concerning enterprise
storage. He now wants to consolidate and store his company's
data into a networked storage architecture. He has decided
to use a NAS or a SAN and is looking forward to provide data
access and share privileges in all areas of his network. Maybe
it's a bit of a strain on the IT budget in the beginning but
in the near future, he knows he can save the money he would
have spent on things like periodic procurement of disks and
salaries for IT personnel.
He's made a list of storage hardware and software vendors
and storage systems integrators. We've sneaked a peek into
the list and printed it below for your reference.
IBM has been rather active in the storage front and had developed
proprietary storage boxes and architectures in the beginning.
Now it has shifted out of its proprietary mould and offers
solutions that work across platforms.
The company's products can be divided into three broad categories.
SAN components, NAS components, and iSCSI components. Under
these category heads there are products like SAN management
software, NAS appliances, Storage management software, disk
drives, Fiber channel and SCSI RAID subsystems.
A storage management product family called Tivoli is one of
the more popular offerings of the company.
Veritas specializes in storage software and has dedicated
its research keeping in mind this particular core strength.
Its disaster recovery solutions are rather comprehensive.
The solutions span areas like backup and recovery, file and
volume management, clustering and replication, SAN management,
HP has a large range of products that cover SAN, NAS devices,
disk arrays, automatic backup, and DVD-ROMs. The SAN management
range includes SAN switches, bridges, and hubs. The NAS disk
arrays are compatible with the company's backup devices. There
are also various tape drives, libraries, and archival storage
The company aims to be the driver for storage virtualization
Compaq offers NAS devices, SAN platforms, RAID systems and
controllers, switches, SCSI and FC hubs, tape backup libraries,
backup solutions, and disk arrays.
Its popular offerings are the StorageWorks range of devices
and the SANworks range of data management software. The company's
offerings support multiple platforms and interoperate with
other vendors' storage products.
Sun is a very prominent player in the open storage products
market. Its family of products include data center systems;
mid-range, workgroup, desktop storage; boot disk solutions;
tape backup and restore; SAN solutions; storage software suites;
storage management and data services software. The StorEdge
family of products is the most prominent among the offerings.
The company also offers Veritas' software as a part of its
Legato offers software solutions that perform storage operations
control and management. The company aims to specialize in
'Information continuance' solutions for an enterprise.
Legato claims that it specializes in data protection and application
EMC is certainly one of the biggest drivers of storage technologies.
It has various software and hardware offerings for enterprises.
Its SRDF remote data mirroring solution is a very popular
disaster recovery choice. Another solution called AutoIS allows
open storage management and claims to do what virtualization
IDC in 2001 has named CA (Computer Associates) the best performing
ISV. The company offers a suite of integrated storage software
solutions. The solutions cover areas like storage data protection
and storage management solutions including SAN management
and ROI calculating tools.
Its BrightStor range of products is the most popular storage
HDS (Hitachi Data Systems) offers Thunder, Lightning, and
Freedom. Thunder and Lightning are integrated hardware and
software NAS and SAN solutions. The Freedom family offers
software. All its products are based on open standards and
Adaptec has a number of storage solutions. They range from
SCSI, iSCSI, RAID systems, to FC boxes. The products provide
support for NAS and SAN data clusters. Its new range of products
has support for the emerging InfiniBand and Ultra 320 SCSI
Network Appliance offers product families of filers, NearStore
appliances, and NetCache appliances. The products offer storage
data management, backup, disaster recovery, and remote access
to storage data.
Cisco's entry into the storage arena is rather recent. It
doesn't have a very comprehensive range of solutions and has
partnered with other storage products and services vendors
to facilitate its customers. Cisco offers storage routers
and switches that will integrate with other hardware and software
Acer has a range of enterprise servers which can act as storage
boxes. Its cluster server offering which uses an Altos Cluster
Kit promises to scale high storage needs.
Samsung manufactures hard disk drives which are mostly IDE.
Its Polaris series of high-speed (7200 RPM) IDE drives can
be used for low-end servers or busy workstations.
Maxtor manufactures hard drives and now also offers a line
of low-end and mid-range NAS devices.
Storagetek offers disk arrays, FC switches, and SAN management
solutions. The solutions adhere to open standards and promise
Other than the ones mentioned above, there are numerous storage
vendors who manufacture reliable products. Some of them are
SGI, Dell, Quantum ATL, Vixel, and Overland.
These are the people who'll actually set up the gear on your
premises. You can consult them to get a relatively unbiased
opinion about the best-fitting storage solution. A good idea
is to look at some of the company's implementation case studies
to get a clearer picture of how your storage strategy will
be shaped. More than often, integrators can advise you a good
mix and match solution that brings out the best in different
Wipro provides solutions in areas of simple DAS, NAS, and
SAN solutions. It also designs automated back up solutions
and disaster management solutions.
It has partnered with companies like Sun, EMC, Hitachi, Netapps,
ATL, Veritas, Storage Tek, and Legato to provide hardware
Although Infosys's core competence is software development,
it has enjoyed some success in systems integration. It offers
consultancy in SAN solution design and services in system
integration and application migration.
The company claims to have experience in mainframe computers,
legacy systems, application domains, and SAN integration.
Bangalore Labs had one of the first data centers and NOCs
(Network Operations Centers) in India. It has a Technology
Solutions Group which plans, architects, and deploys storage
infrastructures. It also performs infrastructure audits to
help you manage your infrastructure.
Apara claims to have focussed on the Indian storage market
for more than six years. It has tied up with companies like
Network Appliance, Veritas, Vixel, and Quantum ATL to help
implement solutions for clients.
The company favors appliance-based concepts because it is
easy to deploy, manage, and scale. It claims to have special
expertise in installing NAS and SANs.
Other integrators like HCL Infosystems, CMC, Tata Infotech,
Lanbit, and CMS also offer reliable consultancy and integration.
Storage hardware is the platform and storage is
the intelligence. The software is the key enabler
of functions like clustering, backup, recovery,
management, and most functionalities in a NAS
V. Rajesh, Project Manager, SAN and Wireless of
Infosys Technologies says, "Storage software
provides features like LAN-free backup, automates
scheduling, disaster recovery, and virtualization.
It allows resources to be shared across multiple
servers and reduces the cost of ownership.
P.P. Subramanian, Country Manager of Hitachi Data
Systems says, "Storage software is a logical
to make the management of storage solutions
user friendly. Since it's difficult to get skilled
manpower to manage storage setups, storage software's
presence and role is very important. Imagine not
being able to use your investments for want of
skills. Storage software removes the mystic from
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