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Vol. 7 No. 10 December 2008

Our View: Fund storage research

In a financial meltdown, it's difficult to fund research aimed at solving truly big problems, such as lowering the cost of managing storage. Today, storage admins write scripts that automate many tasks. According to Sandeep M. Uttamchandani, research staff member and storage PIC chair at the IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, CA, as QoS goals, devices and protocols increase, "it becomes difficult to ensure performance, provisioning, availability and security simply by writing ad-hoc scripts." Uttamchandani is working on IBM's Storage Management Analytics and Reasoning Technology (Smart) project to develop algorithms that might create models for storage components and workloads, and a "first-of-a-kind optimization [storage] engine" that considers constraints such as budget and outputs a schedule of actions. Whether this research will come to fruition is unknown. But, in an uncertain economy, it's reassuring that it's being funded. --Rich Friedman

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  • 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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