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Vol. 5 No. 11 January 2007

Akorri advocates app analysis

Serial-attached SCSI (SAS) drives offer a higher level of performance vs. SATA drives, which have become ubiquitous in lower priced arrays. In recent months, several storage vendors have introduced arrays supporting both drive types, such as Gateway's E-842R SAN and EqualLogic's PS3000 Series. Andrew Monroe, IT manager at AirClic, a mobile information services company in Newtown, PA, says his storage consists of various types of databases all with different I/O patterns. He figured that moving from SATA to SAS drives would alleviate performance bottlenecks and the new EqualLogic SAS drives definitely improved performance, he says. Monroe admitted, however, that before using the PS3000 he didn't know exactly what type of performance improvement to expect. "We could only guess," he says. Monroe relies on Oracle tools to improve the performance of his databases. Akorri Networks, Littleton, MA, a new software development company just coming out of stealth mode, believes the most important performance metric "is how the application ...

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  • Protect remote-office data

    Centralizing remote-office and branch-office (ROBO) apps and their data in the primary data center has enormous economies of scale. These remote-data apps cut the amount of data sent over the wire, making it possible to economically back up remote data to a central site. We provide a sampling of the various ROBO data management products on the market, and describe how they can best be implemented.

  • DC saves energy for storage

  • iSCSI for everybody

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