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Vol. 5 No. 11 January 2007

Multiprotocol arrays attract attention

Storage consolidation is a rising trend, though it can be risky. Storage arrays can crash, and the more data residing on a single frame, the more damaging those crashes can become. Additionally, the more moving parts a system has, the more likely it is that mechanical problems can occur. Yet none of that seems daunting to users who say they've benefited tremendously from new storage products that pack multiple protocols into one system, allowing for large-scale storage consolidation and management simplification. These multiprotocol systems are available from companies such as Compellent Technologies, EMC, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Network Appliance (NetApp), Nexsan Technologies and Pillar Data Systems, among others. Michael Israel, senior VP of information services at New York City-based Six Flags Theme Parks, says his company swears by NetApp's 3000 series, which runs NAS and block-level access for iSCSI using the same OS. Each of Six Flags' 25 national amusement park locations boots commodity servers from HP off NetApp FAS3020 or...

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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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