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This article is part of the Vol. 4 No. 12 February 2006 issue of Storage Products of the Year 2005
Forget about storage if you want a tech field that's easy to navigate, has a relatively set roster of players and moves along at a leisurely pace. Even gnarled veterans of the storage game know how hard it is to stay on top of all that's going on. Getting--and keeping--a firm grasp on the technologies is tough enough, but knowing what to buy and when to buy it is even trickier. So how do you deal with an ever-changing industry that seems to get its steam from little startups trying not to get trampled by the handful of giants dominating storage? You could play it safe and stick with one of the Goliaths, but with so much of the really innovative technology coming from the little guys these days, you just might miss out on the products that best address your storage needs. It's a safe choice, perhaps, but one that could get you even deeper into a single vendor's pocket and maybe cost you more in the long run. Or you could kill some time and kick the tires of that new WAFS appliance or e-mail archiver you've been eyeing, and wait to see if one of the leviathans... Access >>>
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- 10Gb Ethernet means more host support
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Not just a big switch
Fibre Channel directors don't just provide lots of ports, they also offer ways to connect disparate SANs, isolate data and devices within a fabric, and configure throughput for specific applications. We look at how the big three directors match up.
- New benchmark measures array throughput
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Storage bin: Marriott's lost tapes are just the latest in a string of high-profile storage snafus. But with plenty of viable security solutions available, there's simply no excuse for these very public blunders.
A toaster oven in the data center
by Stephen Foskett
The midrange array market may still be hot, but storage managers are wary of getting burned. While midrange vendors keep piling on the features, storage pros are becoming disenchanted with midrange systems despite their more modest price tags.
Startups and standards
Startups and standards
How safe is your archived data?
by Jon Oltsik
With government regulations like HIPAA and SEC 17a-4, archiving has become a global requirement. But how safe is all that archived data?
- Marriott's lost tapes are just the latest in a string of high-profile storage snafus
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