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Vol. 4 No. 1 March 2005

Spotlight on midrange arrays

Modular storage systems are the antidote to high-priced monolithic arrays. In this Special Report you'll see what makes midrange so hot, where it's heading and what systems are leading the charge. What's inside: Midrange arrays arrive Product profiles What's ahead? Key to array features: Use caution when mixing Fibre Channel and SATA Drives Randy Kerns, a senior partner at Evaluator Group, Greenwood Village, CO, recommends users consider the following when mixing Fibre Channel (FC) and SATA drives in a single midrange array: Managing array resources. Most midrange implementations don't allow administrators to control the allocation of controller resources for the disk drive types. As a result, cache, processor resources and internal ports are all managed as if the disk types were the same. Controlling data placement. If controlling whether data gets placed on FC or SATA drives is a manual process, the administrative costs and risks associated with managing this process may be higher than just putting everything on more expensive...

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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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