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Vol. 10 Num. 5 July 2011

Get ready for the storage revolution

Data storage vendors may want you to think it's all about hardware, but when the storage revolution comes, that won't be the main story. The rumblings are unmistakable. Something's afoot with data storage, and it looks like some big changes may be looming on the not-too-distant horizon. It's not just about cool new products from brash startups that may catch the storage market behemoths napping or the latest new twists on old technologies. The signs of a real shakeup are emerging, with some core storage technologies and disciplines finally being scrutinized and questioned. Even bedrock storage principles seem a little iffy these days. Are file systems relevant anymore? Is RAID really the best way to protect data? Mostly, it's about unhinging the software from the hardware -- or rethinking what the software should actually be doing. In this regard, the storage faction in the IT shop (as usual) is moving along a little more slowly than the server side. The server revolution is well underway, with server virtualization software ...

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