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How storage stacks stack up

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Storage stacks bundle storage, servers and networking in a single pretested product. While the parts may not be best of breed, a stack may be the best bet for your firm.

Converged stacks -- or storage stacks

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-- are preconfigured, pretested bundles of storage, servers, networking and virtualization software that are sold, implemented and supported by one vendor. Another approach is to use a dedicated server and storage module that combines in a clustered architecture with virtualization software to create the “stack.” These stacks are designed to provide a turnkey virtualized infrastructure for a variety of environments that require minimal integration and testing effort to get up and running. They also provide a standard configuration that customers can use to achieve higher asset utilization and efficiency in less time, with less infrastructure tuning.

Stack options

Virtually all the major data storage vendors offer stack packages. Most storage vendors have teamed with other hardware and software vendors to some degree for various components of their stacks. How the stacks are sold varies depending on the product.

This was first published in February 2012

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