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Unified storage systems favored for efficiency and convenience
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of December 2012 Vol. 11 No. 10
Arrays that combine block and file storage in a single box -- also known as multiprotocol arrays or unified storage systems -- are more popular now than ever before. Arrays that combine block and file storage in a single box have been around for a while, but it seems as if they're more popular now than ever before with 63% of our respondents reporting at least one multiprotocol array. But most shops have multiple unified storage systems: 44% have two to five systems, while 37% have six or more. Users cite three main reasons for going multiprotocol: more efficient capacity utilization (31%), it's cheaper to combine systems (29%) and maintaining one box is easier than two (27%). Twenty-four percent of users replaced separate block and file arrays with a multiprotocol system, and 61% added a multiprotocol array to their already installed mix of file and block systems. On the question of which type of block -- Fibre Channel (FC) or iSCSI -- to combine with NAS, our group was split pretty evenly: 66% have FC-NAS combos and 61% run ...
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