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Published: 19 Oct 2012

The storage industry has frequently made me cranky with its unfortunate tendency to cling to outmoded ways of doing business. But I've recently seen some hopeful developments. Take this month's cover subject--clustering. On the heels of a sudden infatuation with modular storage, clustering is yet another development signaling that storage vendors have finally learned what the rest of the computer industry knew about 15 years ago. Big, monolithic devices have their place, but, basically, the future of computing is about getting lots of small, cheap things to work together. A more subtle change is taking place in the way you'll buy storage. More and more storage, even sophisticated stuff, will be sold through indirect channels--resellers, integrators and so on. The little guys that have prospered through the SAN/NAS boom have to do it, and the big guys are now finding that they do, too. Fundamentally, this is a good thing. The big guys will have to ease off the account control pedal a bit and put more effort into making their products easier to install and ... Access >>>

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