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Published: 30 Oct 2012

The big switch SOME CONCEPTS ABOUT managing storage quickly capture our attention before making a fast fade in the light of harsh reality. A year or so ago, the idea of creating a utility storage environment was a hot topic, but it seems to have been relegated to the back burner after an onslaught of catchier acronyms and technologies. Most of the big storage vendors jumped into the utility fray with a variety of offerings that expanded on the original definition of utility storage. But oversimplification may have had more to do with the fleeting interest in the concept than the concept itself. Vendors made utility storage sound great--dial in the capacity when you need it and flip off the switch when you don't. Storage that flows like water or electricity, and a big on/off switch to control it all, is an appealing notion. But the idea of utility storage isn't all that analogous to the public utilities we're familiar with. Water and electricity flow into and out of our homes and offices as needed, but that's where the similarities end. You have little ... Access >>>

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