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Vol. 6 No. 1 March 2007

Networked storage for the masses

Storage vendors know it takes more than scaling down enterprise products to bring networked storage to small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs). By designing wizards and even providing poster-sized step-by-step guides that hide much of the setup, migration and configuration mechanics from entry-level users, "it's making [networked storage] as close to plug and play as possible," says Frank Berry, VP of marketing at QLogic. Late last fall, QLogic announced its SAN Connectivity Kit for EMC's Clariion AX150, which bundles everything required to build a SAN connected to the AX150, including installation wizards for the package's SANbox 1404 Fibre Channel (FC) switch and 4Gb FC SANblade host bus adapters. Brocade and Emulex similarly announced that they would contribute products to the InstaSAN Connectivity Kit for the AX150. Last September, Hewlett-Packard (HP) took the automated, do-it-yourself concept it offers with its All-in-One (AiO) printers and applied it to its entry-level arrays. AiO StorageWorks Systems can be configured ...

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