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Vol. 2 No. 7 September 2003

The case for high-end arrays

The time to buy another high-end storage array has arrived. A cursory review of arrays reveals that each one offers all of the features your organization wants or needs. They offer: Fibre Channel (FC) with an iSCSI road map, compatibility with the server operating systems in your environment, 24 x 7 technical support, three-year warranties, excellent performance, five-nines of uptime and redundant internal hardware. Each is certified to work with all major FC switch vendors and is supported by the service and support arms of major storage vendors and provides relatively easy-to-use management software. But there's this one tiny problem--the price tag. After all, why should you pay extra for a monolithic high-end storage array when an array nominally classified as midrange meets your requirements and cost less? Every day, the line between high-end and midrange storage arrays gets progressively blurrier. Just a few years ago, upscale features such as high performance, availability, reliability and capacity were generally the ...

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