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Vol. 4 No. 5 July 2005

Big storage in small packages

IT departments seem to have an unquenchable thirst for storage capacity--a thirst that's not being adequately satisfied by standard-issue storage enclosures. "Even though disk drives are getting bigger, the huge demand for data hasn't been met by them," says Alan Johnson, director for product application engineering at controller and enclosure manufacturer Infortrend. Among data growth's worst offenders are applications such as backup-to-disk and HDTV, he says. Today, storage enclosures tend to pack in 12 to 14 3.5-inch disk drives in a 3U (5.25 inch) enclosure. Infortrend ups that ante with a 16-bay enclosure which, when outfitted with 500GB Serial ATA drives, will provide 8TB of capacity in a 3U space. Johnson says there are plans afoot to make a 24-bay 4U model. Why not just daisy chain more enclosures for more capacity? "Space is often at as much of a premium in the computer room as the storage itself," says Johnson. "The days of huge, air-conditioned rooms are going away," he says, giving way to an era of "space constraints...

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