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Published: 20 Oct 2012

  Storage August 2006 Special Supplement   Storage, like every other computer technology, is getting faster, smaller and cheaper. For many shops, the operative word is "cheaper," as tight IT budgets often dictate purchase considerations and sometimes even trump defined requirements. Limited spending power is usually associated with smaller companies, but even large enterprises can find themselves strapped when faced with the storage needs of numerous remote offices. Disk prices continue to spiral downward, while performance and reliability have improved. Prices down, performance up translates into inexpensive networked storage systems with the power that pricey enterprise arrays delivered only a generation or two ago. Storage hardware may be approaching "commodity" status with cheap, interchangeable parts, but it's still a far cry from the commoditization of the PC market. Not long ago, a decent desktop PC would set you back $2,000 or more. For that same amount of money today, you can snap up a dual-processor server and still have some change rattling around... Access >>>

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