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Published: 19 Oct 2012

Last month I commented on the rise of midrange storage. After spending three days with nearly 600 of you at Storage Decisions in Chicago in early September, I now realize that I was seeing only part of the picture. Midrange mania is just part of the growing popularity of tiered storage. And I don't mean just combining SATA and Fibre Channel (FC) drives. To me, tiered storage means tiers at every level: disk, array, network (IP and FC), backup (disk and tape) and so on. I want to congratulate storage managers for making sense out of all the marketeering. Utility computing, information lifecycle management (ILM) and so on are all worthwhile notions years away from viability and often involving wholesale shifts not just in IT, but in corporate life in general. So what were you supposed to do while waiting for all of that? The consensus I hear is to implement tiered storage. Use the right tool for the right job in the right place at the right time. A year ago, vendors and some pundits were saying SATA, iSCSI and disk backup weren't enterprise technologies, but ... Access >>>

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