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Published: 22 Oct 2012

One throat to choke It's a debate nearly as old as IT itself: Do you stick with one key vendor for all of your computing equipment or is a multivendor approach better? Back in the data center dark ages, it wasn't much of a debate because almost everything was proprietary and the idea of interoperability hadn't even hatched yet. The single-vendor strategy has trickled into the storage arena even though networked storage is built on the concept of decoupling storage systems from servers. This allows you to use any storage array with any server OS, any application and any networking equipment. While the days of purchasing the server and receiving the storage with it are gone, some storage pros still feel compelled to buy storage from the same company that supplies their servers. Respondents to our most recent Purchasing Intentions survey (see "The big crunch: Capacity grows, budgets shrink") ranked a vendor supplying other technology to their company as the third most popular reason for considering a particular vendor as their prime disk system supplier. The ... Access >>>

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