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Vol. 4 No. 12 February 2006

A toaster oven in the data center

A toaster oven in the data center Vendors may claim midrange arrays rival enterprise systems feature for feature, but user skepticism threatens to take some of the air out of the hot midrange market. MY TOASTER OVEN will cook a turkey--at least that's what the manufacturer claims. It even came with detailed directions describing how to roast the big bird. According to the specs on the box, the only difference between this little countertop marvel and the conventional oven sitting next to it, apart from physical size and price, is that the big guy requires a special three-phase power outlet. In the storage environment, an analogous situation exists between midrange and enterprise storage arrays, right down to the special electrical outlets. Why does anyone buy a conventional oven or an enterprise storage array? It turns out that folks in general are pretty smart when it comes to the old adage of "you get what you pay for," and they're rapidly becoming disenchanted with midrange storage despite the more modest price tags. Vendors ...

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