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Published: 19 Oct 2012

OK, don't put the magazine down, just glance over the top of it. Can you see your storage area network (SAN) or your big network-attached storage (NAS) boxes? Got your feet up on the desk? Maybe you're thinking, "Gee, after a few years of trench warfare to get this stuff to work, things are pretty stable. This year should be pleasingly calm. No change is good change." Was that good? Now stop daydreaming--your work is just getting interesting. We're entering a new phase of storage networking. Fibre Channel (FC) SANs and high-end NAS are known entities, as well as relatively mature and stable technologies. Many of the bugs are out and prices continue to plummet. Maybe they'll never be true commodities, but their success has certainly inspired technologies that will be, such as iSCSI and SATA RAID. In belated New Year's pundit fashion, my view of the future of networked storage is far from just a cheaper version of what we have today. We're on the eve of a second generation of storage networking. The first generation was based on two simple ideas. Remove the 15... Access >>>

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