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Scale-out NAS poised for growth
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 7 Num. 13 February 2009
The compelling economic benefits of deploying scale-out NAS have the technology increasing its footprint in the general storage space. Unstructured data will make up 80% of the information in the corporate data center by 2012. Much of that will continue to be the type of file data IT managers have dealt with for years -- home directories and file shares -- but new file storage requirements are also growing in importance and impact. The massive amount of rich file data generated by audio, video and rich graphics, combined with Web 2.0 applications, is creating demand for innovative file storage products that can economically scale bandwidth and performance to heretofore unheard of capacities. Scale-out NAS refers to systems designed from the ground up for economically dynamic scale and support of extremely high-bandwidth applications. Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG) defines scale-out NAS as systems that can be independently scaled in multiple directions -- processor, bandwidth or capacity -- and managed as a single system in a ...
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