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Vol. 2 No. 11 January 2004

One-stop shop or flop?

Am I the only one who finds it odd that just as the separation of storage and servers has become mainstream, some of the biggest computer companies are lumping them back together in the same business organization? Hewlett-Packard (HP) not only completed the hat trick started by IBM and Sun of putting servers and storage in the same group, but it even put both in its services organization. What does this mean for storage managers? My worry is that we're seeing the start of another round of competition to lock you into one or another architecture. The idea of a single supplier for the data center died about 10 years ago, and there never was a single supplier for the whole distributed environment. Are HP et al. banking on the combination of blade servers and storage area networks (SANs) to reel in some huge sales? Integrating two major technologies--both of which are moving targets--could prove to be daunting. So, there's some logic to the idea that you're better off with both sides of the coin coming from the same mint. Some logic...

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