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This article is part of the Vol. 9 Num. 3 May 2010 issue of R.I.P. RAID?
In our latest survey, 50% of respondents currently use a tiered system in their storage shops, about the same as last year. But more automated methods are being used to move data from tier to tier. The idea behind storage tiering is to put the right data in the right place and, in doing so, hopefully save some money by freeing up expensive tier 1 storage. In our latest poll, 50% of respondents said they're currently using a tiered system in their storage shops, almost exactly the same number as a year ago. Among the half who aren't currently tiering their storage, nearly two-thirds (63%) say tiering is, indeed, in their future, with almost half of them expecting to implement it within a year. For the most part, storage tierers like to keep things simple: 42% report they have two tiers, 34% have three tiers and only 24% run more complex operations with four or more tiers. The most popular choice for tier 1 storage is Fibre Channel (FC); 59% report their top tier as 4 Gbps FC storage, and a fairly even split have 2 Gbps FC (23%) or 8 Gbps FC (21%) at the top... Access >>>
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