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Vol. 6 No. 11 January 2008

Vendors set sights on SMBs

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 ...

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Features in this issue

  • 8Gb/sec Fibre Channel widens lane for SAN traffic

  • Unlimited storage

    Clemson University has big plans as it upgrades its data center—and those plans call for lots and lots of storage. Their new IT infrastructure is being built along the lines of the National Science Foundation's Cyberinfrastructure initiative. Clemson expects its new world-class facility to attract a new crop of young faculty who will find the storage, bandwidth and CPU resources needed to support their research efforts.

  • Taming storage virtualization

    Where storage virtualization should reside and how it should be applied depends on the size of the storage infrastructure, the type of applications running in it, and the levels of control and visibility required by administrators. We look at the leading storage virtualization products and help you decide which technology may be best for your storage shop.

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