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This article is part of the Vol. 3 No. 2 April 2004 issue of Storage managers give thumbs up to IP storage
Who thinks their storage network should be stupider? Right, just that wise guy in the back corner. You can put your hand down now. Who knows how it should become smarter? Ah, now we're into some murky waters. Except if you're a major vendor: Many of them have a very definite idea how they will provide you with that intelligence (and the rest are busy getting their stories together). Listen to Brocade, Cisco, IBM, Network Appliance (NetApp), Veritas and a growing list of other vendors, and your storage network will be smarter than Albert Einstein. And more expensive than Howard Stern's FCC fines. I think the idea of smarter networks is great. What I think is not so great is this headlong race by every vendor to get you to buy their smart widget without any rhyme or reason as to what intelligence goes where and why. Let's just take the matter of files. NetApp, among others, has a compelling vision of a clustered network storage controller that will sit between the switch and any kind of storage and provide file and block services. IBM has some (but not all) of... Access >>>
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