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Vol. 2 No. 3 May 2003

The shape of the new data center

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 ...

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Features in this issue

  • Storage spending continues to rise

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

  • Outsourced Backup: Pricey But Worth It

    Experio, the consulting arm of Hitachi USA, has more than 800 employees, 700 of which are mobile consultants. At the same time, it only has a four-person IT staff. How does Experio do it? In a word: outsourcing, including outsourced backup.

  • 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.

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