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Storage vendors stacking the deck
This article is part of the Vol. 9 Num. 6 September 2010 issue of Storage magazine
Storage vendors have been busy creating server-to-application product stacks. It looks like the type of ploy that will give them more leverage, and take it away from you. There's a fundamental shift of titanic proportions taking place in IT. No, I don't mean the massive shift toward using disk in favor of tape to protect data. I'm also not referring to the fundamental changes occurring in storage architectures to improve its interaction with virtual server technologies nor the increased usage of solid-state storage or automated storage tiering. What's causing this big shift is the crazed passion with which the industry seems to be heading into building proprietary stacks from the server all the way to the application. Cisco Systems Inc., for example, is building servers and partnering with VMware Inc. and EMC Corp. to create what EMC calls a Virtual Computing Environment (VCE) solution. In reaction to Cisco getting into the server business, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. mainstreamed its ProCurve networking group within the company ...
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