Buying and evaluating cost-effective storage

Here are a few tips that might help you select a storage vendor:

  1. Make sure that you are comparing apples to apples (i.e., SCSI to SCSI, not SCSI to IDE; external RAID to external RAID, not internal).
  2. Take it for a test drive and do your own comparison. Most -- if not all -- reputable, reliable storage vendors will let you have an eval. unit for 30 days so you can hook it up in your computing environment and "try it before you buy it".

About the author: Keith D. Guernsey is a senior account manager at

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Winchester Systems, makers of FlashDisk OpenRAID storage systems.

This was first published in April 2001

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