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Published: 16 Oct 2012

I write this the day after returning from the spring "Storage Management 2003" show in Chicago, put on by the owners of this very magazine. Without giving them excessive stroking, the show really is the best in the biz. (No, they don't pay me to go there or even to write this column, so I don't need to make them happy). There were a real IT professionals, with real problems and get this--budget dollars! I spent time catching up with IT guys and vendors, and what I heard was encouraging. In the face of a all-around uncertainty, it seems IT is back to spending money. Even better, it appears that IT is spending money fixing legitimate problems--and that means they are spending money with innovators as well as the establishment. The rumor that EMC made their number and returned to profitability gave the whole market a palpable lift. Veritas is whispering positive results. Cool, but not as cool as what I heard from some of the little dudes. It's hard to be a startup or small player among giants. The only way to get any attention is to do something radical--like ... 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.

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      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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