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Vol. 2 No. 2 April 2003

Storage managers grapple with Windows

Windows as a management platform In the networked storage world, the issue of which platform the management software runs on doesn't have the same relevancy as with direct-attached storage (DAS) where the management software and data are on the same box, in many cases. Most storage management software can manage storage that contains data from either Windows or Unix servers, not to mention NetWare, Linux and other operating systems. Nonetheless, the operating environment for management software does have definite implications for cost, capability and stability. With the launch of Windows Server 2003, storage management software developers can deploy Unix-like features such as the Virtual Disk Service (VDS) virtualization engine and Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS) snapshot technology. As Microsoft closes the gap with Unix, the advance of Windows-based storage management software may well kick off a commoditization process similar to what Windows instigated and other server software. "In the area of management, the barrier of ...

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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

    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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