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Back to reality in 2011
This article is part of the Vol. 9 Num. 9 January 2011 issue of Storage magazine
2010 was a fairly tumultuous year in storage highlighted by blockbuster acquisitions. In 2011, it's time to get back to business. How do we top 2010 in the data storage universe in the coming year? 3PAR and Isilon Systems Inc. were the late-2010 big stories with their multibillion dollar acquisitions, with Dell's pickup of Compellent the icing on the acquisitions cake. The battle in the storage arena is afoot and there's a great deal at stake. Storage is arguably the stickiest infrastructure in the data center, and users will always buy more and more. There's no dominant leader hogging a huge share of the market, and there's still measurable product differentiation. 3PAR isn't competitive with EqualLogic, and both are very different from Isilon. But even when you compare competitive products like 3PAR and EMC Corp.'s DMX, there are still major differences. 3PAR is far easier to use and has better capacity optimization technology, while EMC DMX scales to higher levels of performance, supports mainframe and has an interoperability...
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Record-breaking scores highlight EMC's big win in the enterprise NAS group and IBM's stunning performance among midrange NAS systems.
Snapshot-based backup, also known as near-continuous data protection, is one of the most efficient ways to provide operational recovery, and you can forget about backup windows.
More than two-thirds of the respondents to our survey are diligent DR plan testers, but they test fewer apps.
Hybrid cloud storage products provide the best of both worlds -- local storage that's tightly integrated with off-site cloud storage services.
Columns in this issue
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