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Vol. 3 No. 11 January 2005

SAN-in-a-box

Can you imagine a storage area network (SAN) so simple to deploy and maintain that a branch office manager, secretary or--heaven forbid--even an executive VP could have it up and running within minutes? Of course, it would have to deliver basic SAN functionality, such as allowing multiple servers to share a storage pool with some level of reliability and manageability. And while you're at it, imagine it being inexpensive, too. Say, $13, $14 or $16 per gigabyte for the whole thing--disk, SAN management software and network connections. The makers of a variety of small, self-contained SAN products, sometimes called "SAN-in-a-box," believe they're delivering that kind of bulletproof, anybody-can-deploy-it SAN. The products differ: some sport Fibre Channel (FC) ports, a few are strictly iSCSI, some use SATA arrays, while others don't care what kind of disks inhabit the storage array. There's also another class of array products that are not exactly "in a box," but are extremely easy to deploy. What they have in common is a ...

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Features in this issue

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    PCI express on track as next bus architecture.

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  • Inside ILM

    Information lifecycle management addresses the overall management of information from its creation to its demise. While full ILM applications aren't here yet, you can begin building an information management framework with the data lifecycle in mind.

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  • Back up desktop data

    The job of protecting desktop data is much easier today with applications specifically designed for the job, continuous data protection applications and third-party services.

  • Best storage products of 2004

    Our third annual Products of the Year presents 15 products that could transform the way you manage storage. The editors of Storage and SearchStorage.com, along with a panel of industry experts, selected these standout products based on innovation and value, among other criteria.

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