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Vol. 4 No. 1 March 2005

Snapshot: Storage purchasing

Why did you make your last storage purchase? Why did you purchase your last primary storage platform? Did it replace an existing system or was it an addition? Did you buy from the same vendor that sold you the previous platform? No big surprises here. The top three reasons Storage readers buy new storage are technology-related: more capacity, performance and connectivity. The desire for additional features (e.g., remote replication capabilities or wider platform support) also drives storage purchases, but business issues are less influential factors. The survey also shows that Storage readers are a fairly loyal bunch--the last time they made a new storage purchase, a sizeable majority (63%) stuck with the same vendor that sold them their last system.

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Features in this issue

  • SMI-S has legs

    SMI-S support gaining ground

  • Midmarket yearns for remote replication

    Midsized companies want enterprise-class replication

  • Spotlight on midrange arrays

    Midrange arrays can handle most jobs traditionally associated with costly monolithic arrays at a far lower price. Our Special Report describes the benefits of these modular storage systems, profiles 14 of the leading midrange arrays and offers a look at what's coming.

  • Securing IP SANs

    IP SANs use commodity hardware and industry-standard protocols to provide a cost-conscious, easy-to-manage alternative to Fibre Channel arrays. But with IP comes the issue of security. We detail five ways to make an IP SAN more secure.

  • Buzzword: SPAID

  • Rescue stranded storage

    by  Alex Barrett

    How SRM products can help you discover capacity that isn't accessible to an array.

  • First Look: Archivas ArC

    Archivas' ArC software is a highly scalable archiving application that can store fixed content as WORM data while still providing quick access to files.

  • NAS heads: Gatekeepers for enterprise storage

    A NAS head can aggregate disk capacity on storage systems, making it easier to share files and usedisk space efficiently. NAS head capabilities vary, so understanding product features and your requirements is crucial.

  • EMC TOEs the iSCSI line

    by  Alex Barrett

    Target-side TCP/IP Offload Engine chips have arrived, but the jury is still out on whether you should care.

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