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Published: 17 Oct 2012

Back in 2000, when the Internet streets were paved with gold, storage over distance seemed like a no-brainer. The thought was that distributed storage area networks (SANs) would be connected over metropolitan networks or WANs so that managing storage assets, lowering expenditures or moving data would be possible anywhere at any time. This trend was seen as such a certainty that startups such as Cereva, Scale8 and Storage Networks raised millions in venture funding. Alas, as the saying goes, "There's no such thing as a sure thing," and all of these companies have faded into Internet era has-beens. Fast forward to 2004. While no one is doing back flips over any particular company, storage over distance is now a foregone conclusion. Why? Several reasons: Storage managers see a way to lower costs and improve data protection. Storage pros realize that it doesn't make sense to keep buying--and underutilizing--storage systems for multiple data centers. Storage over distance can help firms aggregate equipment to lower operating and capital costs. New network options... Access >>>

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