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This article is part of the Vol. 3 No. 6 August 2004 issue of Adding low-cost tiers to conserve storage costs
The debate over storage intelligence has been raging for years. Should the storage brains reside on the server with the operating and file system, or should it live on storage subsystems with the data and disks? In the midst of this battle, a third option is steadily gaining ground. Because storage architectures are now tightly aligned with networks, why not put the intelligence in the fabric? After all, LAN equipment delivers software smarts for activities such as routing, QoS and security, so why not arm storage area networks (SANs) with brains of their own? According to a current research report by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), Milford, MA, the time for intelligence in the fabric is now. ESG recently surveyed 210 IT professionals to gauge their thoughts on intelligent fabrics. An intelligent network was defined as "a storage network with a resident switch or appliance which performs storage services (e.g., replication, virtualization, continuous copy) or in which storage software, applications reside." Based on the results of our survey, 21% of the... Access >>>
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