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Published: 20 Oct 2012

Most storage array vendors have moved many features once considered "enterprise only"--such as replication and mirroring, snapshotting and deduplication--into their midrange array systems, a trend that reflects a shift in how storage needs are being dealt with; namely, storage managers are building out middle and lower tiers of storage before investing heavily in high-end systems. Users seem to be saying, "Anything that's not totally mission-critical, let's put it on this broader midtier and let's build it out big; let's make it scalable, make it responsive to our needs and give it all these features that we want, and still get some of the top-tier capabilities like replication and snapshots," says Andrew Reichmann, an analyst at Forrester Research based in Cambridge, MA. It makes sense, given that most storage managers must meet service-level agreements, contend with disaster recovery and address data growth, pressures that are blind to the size of the storage budget. "I never understood why people have felt that ... big customers need more functionality ... Access >>>

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