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This article is part of the Vol. 3 No. 7 September 2004 issue of A look inside Hitachi's TagmaStor high-end arrays
Big storage vendors are looking to small and startup companies to help speed up data transmissions over WANs in order to make it easier for remote offices to share storage resources with the data center. EMC, for one, recently signed two WAN accelerator vendors to its network-attached storage (NAS) Partner Program: Riverbed Technology, San Francisco, CA, and its Steelhead appliances; and Peribit, Santa Clara, CA, with its Sequence Reducer (SR-100) and Sequence Mirror (SM-500) products. IBM, meanwhile, is now a reseller of Tacit Networks' Ishared platform, which performs file caching and LAN protocol optimization. WAN accelerators--or optimization appliances--use a lot of tricks to speed up data transmissions. These include compression, file caching and optimization of protocols such as CIFS or HTTP, making it feasible to maintain files in a central repository without incurring the wrath of remote workers. John Webster, senior analyst at the Data Mobility Group, has also seen WAN accelerators as makeshift data migration tools, for example, between recently ... Access >>>
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