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Vol. 2 No. 9 November 2003

Money machine for storage startups heating up again

Have you ever seen an industry that believes its own bull more than this one? EMC and NetApp are both trading stocks at about a one billion PE ratio, and everyone feels good about it. Wall Street gets happy; VCs start dumping cash into startups again and you, my friends, get the benefit of hearing sales pitches from well-funded companies building absolutely nothing that you would ever consider using. What an ecosystem! And now for something really funny: On the way to a storage trade show, an airliner has terrible trouble. The pilot comes on the PA, and in an obvious panic starts shouting: "We're all going to die!" The passengers begin screaming. One gentleman runs to the cockpit and proceeds to calm the situation in a matter of seconds, making everyone feel better--including the pilot who gets his act together and starts reacting appropriately. After making a successful crash landing, the shaken pilot seeks out the passenger with the calming influence, shakes his hand and says, "You saved me and hundreds of other people up ...

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Features in this issue

  • Defragmenting Disks Falls by the Wayside

    The deal on disk fragmenting

  • Too many SAN islands

    by  Jeff Moad

    One of the main challenges to growing SANs is the proliferation of independent SAN islands. We look at how and why a multinational financial services company consolidated many islands into larger ones, but stopped short of a single, unified SAN.

  • Sane strategies for SAN growth

    What's the right way to design storage networks for growth? There's no simple answer to that question, but understanding the implications of storage- or network-centric approaches will help you make the right choices.

  • New directions for switches

    With all of the recent acquisitions and new partnerships forming this year, finding the right Fibre Channel switch for you is even more confusing. This article will help you chose the right one.

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