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Vol. 7 No. 4 June 2008

One throat to choke

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 ...

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Features in this issue

  • Gaps seen in file archiving tools

  • 10 key considerations for email archiving

    If you haven't standardized on an email archiving product, it can be time-consuming to find one that fits your company's needs. We list the 10 questions that will help you narrow down the list of available products and find the one that best suits your requirements.

  • QUALITY AWARDS III: NetApp sweeps NAS awards

    After a clean sweep of both the enterprise and midrange categories, NetApp is the undisputed NAS king. BlueArc Corp., last year's enterprise winner, didn't have a chance to challenge NetApp with too few responses to make the final cut.

  • Ask the Expert: Connecting two data centers

    I'm connecting two data centers, 70km apart, and I want to use EMC Symmetrix for synchronous replication. Will that distance work?

  • Migrate data without mistakes

    by  Deni Connor

    Data migrations are a fact of life. In many cases, the migration ends up being a tedious process. Automated tools can help ease migration woes. Host-based migration software takes the load off the storage array and can easily bridge the gap when migrating data between heterogeneous storage systems. But array-based migration may be preferred for technology refreshes.

  • The big crunch: Capacity grows, budgets shrink

    The brief respite storage managers enjoyed from the ever-escalating need for more disk capacity appears to be over. Respondents to our 2008 Purchasing Intentions survey say they'll add an average of 47TB of new disk capacity this year. But they'll have to do it with smaller storage budgets. And while virtualization could help respondents use their storage more efficiently, it's still receiving a cool reception.

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