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Published: 29 Oct 2012

In the past couple of years, widespread successful storage area network (SAN) deployments have proven the value of networked storage. But they've also made it clear that a heavy management burden and substantial cost won't be cured just by putting lots of disk behind a fabric. Now the same vendors that sold you a SAN to solve your management and cost issues are peddling a new technology to solve the management and cost issues that have resulted from trying to solve your management and cost issues. So, what's the latest cure-all? Network-based storage intelligence, and everybody's doing it. Is it smart to cache in the network? Both DataCore, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, and Melville, NY-based FalconStor employ network caching as a ways of improving performance, albeit differently. For FalconStor, caching comes by way of a solid state disk used to store frequently accessed files. DataCore, meanwhile, uses the system's internal RAM cache to speed up the I/O performance of the back-end array. "It's not just that we're minimizing latency," says Calvin Hsu, DataCore ... Access >>>

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