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This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 8 Num. 10 February 2010
What's in vogue in data storage today can become a vague memory tomorrow. Figuring out which new technologies have staying power tests the skills and instincts of enterprise data storage managers. Storage blows hot and cold. Technologies that seem promising -- even those that manage to rack up some measurable market share—can suddenly seem old hat. Case in point: A lot of industry observers predicted that iSCSI storage systems would shake up the networked storage market and knock Fibre Channel (FC) off its throne, exiling FC arrays to a niche where only the well-heeled shop for expensive, high-performance storage gear. What we've actually seen with iSCSI is more of an evolution of data storage systems: a good idea that, instead of toppling the incumbent, has proven to be more of a gap filler and complement to the high-priced stuff. iSCSI adoption has been slow and steady; according to our surveys, approximately 40% of companies now have at least some iSCSI storage in place. But Fibre Channel still, undeniably, reigns supreme. In...
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