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Published: 16 Oct 2012

Has the storage consolidation parade rolled through your town yet? Storage vendors are in the front of the line, mustering a crowd with promises of a fast ROI, reduced TCO, simplified management and streamlined backup and recovery. Their pitch is downright seductive: Consolidate your direct-attached storage (DAS) into a giant, single logical pool of storage and then allocate and reallocate this capacity as needed with just a click of a mouse. It's a compelling pitch. And the promises are true, except for one thing--none of it is easy, fast or cheap. "It is getting easier, but there are still obstacles," says Scott Robinson, CTO, Datalink Corp., Chanhassen, MN, a storage consulting firm. And the hard-dollar savings don't come right away. To the contrary, it will likely cost much more at the outset: "You'll be buying a lot of new hardware and you have the whole cost of buying a network," he says. Still, the payoff from consolidation can be big if you carefully and patiently work through the obstacles. For example, most consolidation involves Fibre Channel (FC)... Access >>>

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