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Vol. 3 No. 7 September 2004

Home, Home on the RAID

Copious, networked, fault-tolerant storage is almost within arm's reach of the average consumer. By that, we mean a terabyte of RAID5 network-attached storage (NAS) for under $1,000. That's almost a fifth the cost of a comparably sized NAS system today, such as a 1TB Snap Server 4500, which retails for approximately $4,500 from CDW. Certainly, the need is there, says Ahmet Houssein, vice president and general manager of Adaptec's storage systems group. That need is being fueled by the explosion in personal digital content, from music to DVDs to digital photos. Indeed, in techie circles, geeks are already discussing how to build low-cost RAID arrays out of off-the-shelf hardware (see Ryan Finnie's article on how to build a 1.2TB SAN for $1,600 at www.finnie.org/terabyte). Furthermore, "the technology is there, the pricing is there," says Houssein. Working with Intel, Adaptec has published a reference design for a low-end NAS array (LENA) called Hammerhead, which may become the basis of future consumer storage devices. The idea ...

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Features in this issue

  • Hands-On Review: Onaro SANscreen 2.5.2

    by  Darryl Brooks

    Onaro's SANscreen takes the uncertainty out of making changes to a SAN environment by showing the effects of a change before it's actually implemented.

  • Storage at risk

    by  Jon Oltsik

    A new survey of Storage magazine readers by the Enterprise Strategy Group reveals that storage security is weak. IT staffs--with help from storage vendors--need to do more to secure storage.

  • Tape's new love affair with disk

    The marriage of tape and disk has spawned a new class of virtual tape products that promise faster, cheaper backup and recovery.

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