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Vol. 1 No. 6 August 2002

Snapshot: Using multiple storage array vendors

When it comes to buying storage, everyone has a different philosophy. Some swear by the simplicity of a single vendor, others strive to avoid vendor lock-in. Still others buy whatever is fastest/cheapest/coolest at the time. How does your shop compare to our readers? How many different brands of storage arrays are in your shop? "Give me something that works. I don't want a throat to choke, I want something that works!" Storage industry analysts like to remind us that heterogeneous environments are a fact of life - but for 41% of you that only have one vendor's array, that's simply not true. And while most users have multiple kinds of arrays in their shops, only the tiniest fraction (3.5%) has five or more. Which way is best? Users with only one vendor on their floor are happiest–only 15% are dissatisfied with their lot. The least satisfied group? 39% of users with three to four vendors on their floor. As to the storage buyer's motto, 12% of respondents didn't like the choices they were given, and came up with a few suggestions ...

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    Our extensive survey of 2003 spending plans documents continuing networked storage growth and selective adoption of new technology.

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