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2012: Year of the infrastruggle
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 11 Num. 1 March 2012
Don’t let yourself be dazzled by bright lights and other storage bling -- the hardware might be cool to look at, but it’s the software that’s going to make a difference. It’s always geeky fun to dig down and explore the nuances among storage hardware products, but I’m finding those discussions increasingly irrelevant. To paraphrase an insight offered by fictional Cosmonaut Lev Andropov in the 1998 movie Armageddon, “Components. American components, Russian components, all made in Taiwan!” Simply put, all disk drives in enterprise arrays come from one of three sources. The chassis or trays into which drives are mounted come from one of four or five providers. Cable harnesses, connectors, adapters and so on all come from the same suppliers. Even the cabinets into which these components are mounted come from a common supply chain, with the key difference in their cost to vendors, I’m told, being color. Black is the most expensive choice. That makes the bezel plate on the front of the box, customized with a logo and sometimes ...
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Features in this issue
Virtualizing network resources can help reduce the contention for services and significantly improve performance.
If it hasn't done so already, NetApp is shaking off that "only NAS" label with yet another big win in the Quality Awards for Enterprise Arrays.
Fifty-six percent of our readers have virtualized at least some of their installed storage. Those who have cite easier management of storage systems and data as a key benefit.
The benefits of solid-state state storage are clear; it’s fast, cool and sips power. But the technology is also changing the fundamental ways we use data center storage.
Columns in this issue
If you’ve been struggling with protecting data at your company’s remote locations, look out, it’s only going to get worse.
Don’t let yourself be dazzled by bright lights and other storage bling -- the hardware might be cool to look at, but it’s the software that’s going to make a difference.
IT departments can endorse a single offering that best balances collaboration and file sharing needs with their security and control requirements.
You might think you have good insight into your infrastructure, but for next-generation data centers, it probably isn’t good enough.