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Published: 17 Oct 2012

When i started working in the IT industry 17 years ago, storage lived in the bowels of IT and was considered a system peripheral. When contemplating storage, storage managers based their purchases on three generic characteristics: price, performance and reliability. It didn't matter what system, application or business process the storage box supported. Users tended to defer to popular system providers, procure basic storage functionality and operate all storage with the same familiar recipe. Times have changed. In keeping with the objective of bringing IT closer to the business, the storage industry has responded with a number of new products designed with application-specific functionality. For example, Ixos Software, San Mateo, CA, and KVS Inc., Arlington, TX, offer e-mail archiving tools to help companies deliver storage QoS and comply with data retention regulations. FilesX, in Southborough, MA, provides an appliance for Microsoft Exchange that permits granular application recovery. Content-addressable storage systems from Permabit, Cambridge, MA, and ... Access >>>

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