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These days, it's hard to find an enterprise storage vendor that isn't trying to cater to small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). When Hitachi Data Systems releases a system with the word "Simple" in the title, you know vendors have painted a bull's eye on SMBs. The Hitachi Simple Modular Storage System, which launched in October 2007, has plenty of company. That month, Network Appliance (NetApp) came out with a smaller member of its StoreVault SMB family. Dell, which has its own SMB platform and another it co-markets with EMC, paid $1.4 billion for EqualLogic in November to further bolster its SMB line. EMC is getting ready to let its "Mamba" SMB system out, while CEO Joe Tucci describes his firm's share of the market as "two bits of nothing." But storage vendors have been down this road before without much success. EMC and Dell unveiled their first Clariion AX for SMBs in early 2004. More than three years later, Dell CEO Michael Dell chastised the storage industry for missing the mark with SMBs while his company took another shot at that market with the ... Access >>>
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