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Published: 29 Oct 2012

The data center of the future will certainly have more powerful computers, networks and storage than today's data centers. However, if that's all the future holds, it will just be a larger, faster, cheaper version of the present, and that won't be much of a step forward. Change to one pillar can bring the whole architecture down, because the pillars are not independent of each other. This model (above) is actually layered, as the diagram of the storage infrastructure (below) demonstrates. The goal at each level is to use agnostic components. A better approach is to conceive of the architecture as the sum of agnostic components. Changes to each will change the overall shape, but not destroy the functionality. We're at a point where we need to move past a feeds-and-speeds approach or even just a checklist of standards compliance and develop, evaluate and deploy products that enable a balanced architectural approach. This will allow us to respond to changes in the business and the continuing evolution of technology much more efficiently. Failure to do so will ... Access >>>

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      Our extensive survey of 2003 spending plans show spending is up, but storage managers want more than just raw capacity.

    • Shared file systems: a mixed blessing by Benjamin Kuo

      Shared file systems promise to simplify managing storage. But you might have to wait a few years before that promise is fulfilled.

    • ATA Drives Move Up the Ranks

      The nod has been given to ATA drives by EMC, which is now giving customers the option of buying disk array enclosures (DAEs) for their Clariion CX400 and CX600 arrays equipped with ATA, rather than the usual Fibre Channel drives.

    • SRM Software Players Cook Up New Pricing Models

      As more IT shops deploy networked storage, many storage resource management (SRM) vendors are moving to capacity-based pricing, rather than the server- or processor-based pricing models of old.

    • EMC/Accenture Partnership Bears Few Fruit

      Ever wonder whatever became of EMC's ISC, the "vendor neutral" storage consulting service the company launched with Accenture last summer?

    • The shape of the new data center by John R. Blackman

      The key to the next wave of data center technologies is adaptability. Realizing that goal may rest in your hands.

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