Access "Midrange arrays get a makeover"
This article is part of the Vol. 4 No. 4 June 2005 issue of Exploring new options for disk-based backup
What you will learn from this tip: Two fixtures of the midrange modular array scene have received substantial makeovers, and more are on the way. Last month, IBM announced a successor to the DS4500 (formerly FAStT900) -- the new DS4800. Based on an OEM version of Engenio's 6998 controller, the DS4800's newest asset is its 4Gb/sec Fibre Channel (FC) host interface which, according to Engenio, delivers 550,000 IOPS from cache vs. 148,000 IOPS for the previous-generation 5884. Furthermore, the 550,000 IOPS are roughly twice as much as EMC quotes for its Clariion CX700. The DS4800 is scheduled to ship next month. Related information Special Report: Midrange arrays Profiles: Midrange arrays What's ahead for midrange arrays Monolithic vs. midrange Based on those performance numbers, it's no surprise that IBM is recommending the DS4800 for performance-intensive environments -- at least, for now. Another Engenio OEM for this product, Silicon Graphics Inc. (SGI), sells the array as the SGI InfiniteStorage TP9700, and has placed it in support of a 2,048 processor ... Access >>>
Premium Content for Free.
DAS: The last bastions
- Storage sidles up to SUSE
iFCP vs. FCIP
Two protocols—iFCP and FCIP—tap the scalability of the Internet Protocol and Ethernet networks, and can be used to overcome Fibre Channel networking limitations when connecting SAN islands. But iFCP and FCIP operate very differently; find out which one is right for your environment.
Is the time right for optical storage?
Optical storage has languished on the periphery of enterprise storage, but new technologies with higher capacities and more competitive per-gigabyte prices are moving optical into the mainstream.
Directors take on more tasks
by Phil Goodwin
The competition among director-class products has never been more intense. If you're considering directors for the first time, or re-examining your fabric strategy, here's what you need to know.
New backup strategies
In the final installment of his series on disk-based data protection, W. Curtis Preston describes how options such as snapshots, replication, continuous data protection and data reduction backup can improve the backup process.
- DAS: The last bastions
Midrange arrays get a makeover
by Alex Barrett, Trends Editor
Two fixtures of the midrange modular array scene have received substantial makeovers, and more are on the way.
HIPAA spurs interest in replication
HIPAA driving replication interest
- E-mail retention basics
EMC expelled over maintenance fees
by Alex Barrett, Trends Editor, Storage magazine
A school district in Dallas chooses between EMC, IBM and Xiotech midrange arrays and discovers a huge difference in maintenance fees between the vendors.
- Survey Says: Mixed-disk tiers not for everyone
Storage spending report
Storage magazine's exclusive semiannual Purchasing Intentions Survey shows budgets slowly climbing, a move toward tiering and an increased focus on using disk for backup.
- Midrange arrays get a makeover by Alex Barrett, Trends Editor
Performance indicators to help you hone your storage environment
Metrics can improve your organization's service and user satisfaction. Here are some key performance indicators that will help you hone your storage environment.
Storage Bin: Not invented where?
The single biggest hurdle to IT professionals getting their hands on new technology is the "Not Invented Here" syndrome.
Snapshot: Snapshots for data protection
Do you take snapshots?
- Performance indicators to help you hone your storage environment
More Premium Content Accessible For Free
Scale-out network-attached storage (NAS) is the primary technology to handle big data needs in the media and entertainment (M&E) space. Using ...
Our Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com 2013 Salary Survey offers encouraging news: pay for storage pros rose again to an average of $98,082. ...
Data archiving is firmly entrenched as a storage management best practice. SearchStorage surveys indicate that 70% of companies use some form of ...