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Vol. 2 No. 2 April 2003

SATA drive challenges SCSI functionality

Forget ATA vs. SCSI vs. Fibre Channel. When it comes to disk drives, suitability for enterprise or desktop applications has little to do with the interface, but with the drive's underlying mechanical platform, says David Reinsel, research manager at IDC. At least, that's one fact made clear by the introduction of Western Digital's new Raptor 36GB drive, which has neither a SCSI nor Fibre Channel interface, but Serial ATA (SATA). At 10,000 rpms, though, and with a 5.2 ms seek time and 1.2 million hour mean time between failures (MTBF) rate, the new drive clearly "parallels SCSI drives in terms of performance and reliability," says Steve Wilkins, Western Digital director of product marketing for enterprise products. All that, for 30% less than a comparable SCSI drive. Prior to the Raptor, WD hadn't competed in the enterprise drive segment for a number of years. "We recognized that it was not our fortÉ," Wilkins says. The new SATA Raptor drive "represents an opportunity for us to regain the enterprise market." But while "ATA drives...

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Features in this issue

  • Virtual SANs bring order to chaos

    by  Marc Farley

    What will Cisco's embedded virtual SAN technology in its new MDS switch line mean to storage managers? For starters, a new way to manage SANs as they spread across the company.

  • Midrange or high end: what's right for you

    by  Jim Booth

    While the line is blurring, it's not gone. We look at what really differentiates high-end from midrange storage. And we look at the virtues of combining them.

  • USC Spurns Usual Tape Suspects

    In his role as director of emerging technologies at the University of Southern California (USC), Mike Lin is responsible for storing and backing up between 50TB to 100TB of data, for faculty and students alike.

  • Is storage management software worth it?

    High prices, deep discounts, expensive deployments, uncertain vendor commitment--what's a storage manager to think? We help decode the confusion that abounds in this market.

  • SATA drive challenges SCSI functionality

    When it comes to disk drives, suitability for enterprise or desktop applications has little to do with the interface, but with the drive's underlying mechanical platform.

  • Storage managers grapple with Windows

    by  David Braue

    The spread of Windows into ever-more serious applications and the growth of data on Windows servers means that more storage managers are attaching Windows hosts to their SANs. Along with that comes the need to decide whether Windows-based storage management software is the way to go.

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