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Published: 20 Oct 2012

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 FAS3050 systems, depending on... Access >>>

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