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Vol. 7 No. 10 December 2008

How your SAN will evolve

Storage technologists and industry analysts predict how the SAN will evolve and what you need to do to prepare for the changes. in five years, the enterprise SAN might be a service running in the cloud. Or a huge collection of DAS, like a giant mainframe DASD farm of old. It might be cableless, contained in a pre-wired cabinet or wireless. Object-based storage could make blocks and files irrelevant. The SAN might even be diskless if solid-state disk (SSD) economies of scale and adoption accelerate in a hockey stick curve. Whatever form it takes, the SAN of the future will be more consolidated, virtualized, automated and greener. Or, as many predict, the changes will be evolutionary and not revolutionary; in five years, the SAN will be a lot like the enterprise SAN of today: just faster, packed with more disk capacity, cheaper on a cost/GB basis, a little easier to manage and less energy hungry. Storage recently asked storage vendors, industry analysts and technologists serving on storage industry associations about where they ...

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Features in this issue

  • LTO-4 gains favor among tape drive buyers

  • How your SAN will evolve

    We asked storage vendors, industry analysts and technologists serving on storage industry associations about where they saw the SAN heading. There may not be sweeping architectural changes in five years, but there will be changes in the basic building blocks of the SAN infrastructure: networks and protocols; switches; storage arrays, disks and controllers; and SAN management.

  • "I second that VMotion," say replication vendors

    Replication vendors are finding new avenues for their technology by leveraging VMware's VMotion technology.

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