What storage managers are buying in 2010
Twice a year, Storage magazine/SearchStorage.com surveys storage managers to see how they plan to spend their budgets and which technologies they're considering for purchase. This is the eighth year of our exclusive Storage Purchasing Intentions Survey, and we'll analyze the current survey results and compare them to past data to determine the storage buying trends that will emerge in 2010.
What's new and what's coming in disk drive technology
Over the past few years, the capacity of SATA disks has doubled and then doubled again. In addition to building drives with higher and higher capacities, disk drive manufacturers are adding features such as encryption and power conservation. In this article, we look at the progress of hard disk drive technologies with an eye toward what we can expect in the next year or so.
Alternatives to RAID
While most shops still rely on venerable RAID technology to help protect their data, new technologies are emerging that forego the use of traditional RAID. Although these new systems often borrow from RAID technology and techniques, they offer similar protection without requiring RAID controllers or software. We describe how these systems work, as well as their benefits and shortcomings compared to traditional RAID.
And don't miss our monthly columns and commentary, or the results of our Snapshot reader survey.
This was first published in April 2010