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Vol. 3 No. 11 January 2005

Smart storage people still aren't demanding standards

I've been complaining about the lack of standards in this space forever, or so it seems. It boggles my mind to think that smart, hard-working people like yourselves will put up with stuff that either doesn't work as it should or doesn't work at all. I figured you'd demand standards, if for no other reason than to make sure that if stuff is going to break, it will fail consistently. I recently spoke at the Storage Networking Industry Association's Storage Management Initiative Specification (SMI-S) conference. That's the industry's storage management standards play. I yelled at them. I begged them. I've been asking the industry to create real standards for the right reasons for years. This time, I came with ammo--I came with your wallets. Let's start with the facts. We polled large-scale storage area network (SAN) shops (figuring that if they had SANs, then they already felt the pain of having no standards) where more than 60% had two to 10 SANs, 14% had one and 24% had more than 10 SANs. Here's what we found: Eighty-nine percent...

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Features in this issue

  • PCI express ready to go

    PCI express on track as next bus architecture.

  • Guests arrive at LTO-3 party

  • 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.

  • Think thin (provisioning)

  • 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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