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Published: 20 Oct 2012

Storage August 2006 Special Supplement Prices for entry-level Fibre Channel and iSCSI SANs keep falling, putting them within reach of companies with modest storage budgets. Even smaller businesses need the benefits that SANs and other networked storage systems deliver, particularly in terms of centralized management and backup. Yet these businesses have favored DAS, which leaves them struggling to manage scattered storage and backup data on isolated servers. That's not only costly, but risky. "Every small business has some data that is extremely valuable," says Mike Karp, senior analyst, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), Boulder, CO. The need for capabilities like centralized management and backup, data replication, mirroring and snapshots makes "networked storage necessary in the SMB [small- to medium-sized business] space," says Steve Duplessie, founder and senior analyst, Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), Milford, MA. Beyond backup, SMBs "need to be able to grow their storage at a moment's notice and without causing application downtime," says ... Access >>>

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