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Published: 19 Oct 2012

The storage industry is hot for grids, but will users find their way through the hype? "People are definitely trying to hitch their wagon to this fancy marketing term," says John Joseph, vice president of marketing at EqualLogic, which makes the PeerStorage IP SAN. A grid is a cluster that connects in a mesh rather than a star topology, says Clive Surfleet, chief strategy officer at Exanet, which makes high-performance network attached storage (NAS) software. In a star cluster, he says, every node is connected to the other via a single switch. In a grid, there are multiple paths between nodes through smaller switches. From a technical perspective, the term grid is well understood, but tack on the word "storage" and you immediately get confusion. "I've heard people use the term grid with storage in two ways," says Surfleet. "There's storage for grid computing, and then there's a storage system architected as a grid." Examples of storage systems targeted at grid computing include 3PAR's InServ, whose block virtualization technology may make it easier to ... Access >>>

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