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Published: 16 Oct 2012

In the enterprise storage array market, SCSI has traditionally been the only game in town. IT managers rarely think twice about rubber-stamping orders for disk arrays using high-end SCSI hardware, especially for use in data centers and other mission-critical environments. Today, however, SCSI may be losing its iron grip on the enterprise RAID market. A growing number of storage vendors have introduced ATA-based RAID products that offer solid - and rapidly improving - performance and reliability, combined with management tools suitable for enterprise applications. Many of these products are designed primarily for disk-to-disk backup applications. Analysts, vendors and end users generally agree that SCSI-based RAID is still the best choice for volatile, high-intensity applications such as databases. Yet many analysts also predict that ATA technology, as well as new products based on the next-generation Serial ATA standard will eventually challenge SCSI even in the high-end enterprise RAID market. "In the past," says Tim Klein, CEO of ExaDrive Networks, ... Access >>>

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