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Published: 20 Oct 2012

THE STORAGE LANDSCAPE has undergone many changes recently, with EMC, LSI Logic (and, by extension, IBM) and Network Appliance (NetApp) all announcing new modular arrays last month. EMC replaced its Clariion CX300, CX500 and CX700 with the new Clariion CX3 family, which includes the CX3 Model 20, CX3 Model 40 and CX3 Model 80. LSI Logic added four new controller models--the 6994, 3994, 3992 Turbo and the 3992, the latter of which IBM will rebrand as its DS4700, replacing the DS4300. Finally, NetApp announced a new high-end family, the FAS6000 line, with a top-end model that scales to 1,008 spindles. The common thread running through all of these systems is 4Gb/sec Fibre Channel (FC) connectivity, although each vendor supports it in varying degrees. NetApp will offer the FAS6000 in both 4Gb/sec and 2Gb/sec configurations; however, the 4Gb/sec extends out only through the network and to the host. That's the important part anyway, says Patrick Rogers, NetApp's VP of products and partners, "since once the data hits the controller, the transactions get split up ... Access >>>

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