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This article is part of the Vol. 6 No. 8 October 2007 issue of Continuous data protection (CDP) and the future of backup
Solid-state disk (SSD) has long been considered well-suited for accelerating performance for applications with high-transaction requirements, but it's still largely thought of as a niche solution due to its hefty price tag and capacity limits (traditionally topping out at 128GB). But new SSD products with terabyte-level capacities and lower prices could eventually give hard drive disk systems a run for their money. Several SSD vendors have announced new flash memory products this year, most notably Texas Memory Systems (TMS), which in September announced its RamSan-500 system. Targeting high-end enterprise applications and designed to compete with traditional hard disk RAID systems, the RamSan-500 uses flash memory for primary storage media (as much as 2TB), while DDR memory is used as cache in a manner similar to traditional arrays offered by the likes of EMC and Hitachi Data Systems. Until now, a RamSan-400 cost approximately $90,000 for a base unit with 128GB of RAM--more than $700 per gigabyte. A RamSan-500 in a 2TB configuration, however, can be ... Access >>>
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Most storage vendors like to tout how well their gear performed on benchmark tests, but the results may not always be as they first appear. The benchmarking process can be easily manipulated because of the large number of variables that influence performance results. To level the playing field, test results need to be categorized by product type, configuration standards need to be defined for each category and vendors must strictly adhere to the configurations.
Storage grid pushes the envelope
What started out as a test-bed project for Network Appliance is now a good example of architecting enterprise storage systems. The vendor's Kilo-Client project showcases how SAN booting and thinly provisioned snapshots can be used in a storage grid for rapid provisioning, simplified storage management and huge disk space savings.
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Storage, security and open source were the front runners in our tally of the Top 10 SMB tips for the summer of 2006.
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Hot Spots: On-demand technology sized right for SMBs
by Lauren Whitehouse
Technology advancements such as deduplication and bandwidth optimization, as well as shrinking storage and bandwidth costs, are making online backup increasingly attractive for small- to medium-sized businesses.
Best Practices: Finding the logic in volume managers
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Host-based volume managers (also known as logical volume managers) are the most underrated or underutilized components in storage ecosystems. Here are seven reasons why they deserve some respect.
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It's time for a changing of the guard for the Storage Bin column. Steve Duplessie, whose witty and perceptive insights have graced Storage magazine from day one, is stepping aside to make room for ESG's Tony Asaro to take up residency on our end page.
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