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Storage innovation is moving up the food chain
This article is part of the Vol. 10 Num. 4 June 2011 issue of Storage magazine
The classic scenario where enterprise storage technology filters down to small- and medium-sized companies is being turned on its ear, and some of the coolest developments are happening in mid-market systems. If you can get past the clamor of the recent cloud buzz and other “new” storage technologies, you might notice some big changes in the mainstream storage market. And in a reversal of recent history, the change is filtering up from small- and medium-sized business (SMB) and small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) customers, rather than the usual pattern of new technologies chasing after the enterprise first. As a result, mid-sized companies have an enterprise-sized menu of data storage choices to select from, many of which are poised to change business capabilities in big ways. One example is the kind of scalability that makes storage more adaptable and cost-effective than ever before, which we call “adaptable capacity and performance.” This scale-out approach to storage allows companies to add more capacity or performance ...