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Published: 17 Oct 2012

For blade environments, there may soon be a middle ground between blade servers with disk drives on them and network storage: functionally and physically integrated storage blades. Case in point, blade server vendor Verari Systems, formerly known as RackSaver, last month announced that it would resell SAN storage from Engenio, formerly LSI Logic. Today, the extent of the integration between Engenio arrays and Verari's Blade Rack is connectivity: Blade Rack can be outfitted with a Fibre Channel switch, the blades themselves with HBAs or you can buy a "NAS head" blade. But there's more in store: "We're stepping to the OEM level, and working on tight coupling of the bladed product with their storage," says Verari CEO Dave Driggers. Eventually, that may lead to storage blades that fit directly in the chassis, for "a floor-tile ready integration." Storage blades make sense for certain applications, says Taneja Group president Arun Taneja, namely, I/O intensive applications that aren't too capacity hungry. Storage blades could also encourage diskless booting. "... Access >>>

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