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Vol. 1 No. 9 November 2002

Towards the new data center

Carlson companies, a hospitality giant based in Minneapolis, MN, needed more storage space. Earlier this year, architectural consultant Gary Johnson was ready to put it in place. Since he assumed it would be a straightforward request, Johnson wasn't expecting the response he got from his CIO. "He said he wasn't ready to approve more storage until he understood what my global storage strategy was," Johnson says. That's no small question at a company with 180,000 employees spread over operations in 140 countries-Carlson's brands include Radisson, TGI Friday's, Regent International, Park Plaza hotels and Country Inns & Suites. What the new data center might look like This composite of a hypothetical new data center technologies shows multiple layers of separate, scalable processing and storage, connected by a number of potential transports. Transport choice would depend on the performance and cost/performance dictates of the applications they serve. InfiniBand could unify these transports under a common management infrastructure, ...

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