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Published: 22 Oct 2012

Once seemingly headed to the great storage junkyard, DAS may well prove to be the classic car of the storage market as it re-emerges with improved performance and new Web 2.0-friendly uses. DAS has hung around even after the advent of networked systems because it's cheap, easy to use and doesn't require nearly as much storage expertise as SAN management, making it much easier to find administrators for DAS. "DAS is a huge part of the market and it gets no respect," says Lee Johns, director of marketing, Hewlett-Packard (HP) StorageWorks entry storage and storage blades. "Anytime anyone wants to talk about storage, they want to talk about the SAN." SAS drives replacing SCSI drives gave DAS a boost, he says. Johns says HP was seeing "a general sort of slow decline" in DAS adoption, but "the performance of small form-factor SAS drives has really helped" DAS pick up again. "We're seeing innovation and growth in DAS business," says Praveen Asthana, global director of storage and networking at Dell. "[Vendors] are putting some storage functionality into the ... Access >>>

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