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Vol. 6 No. 11 January 2008

Storage Bin 2.0: Ringing in a new storage market

Don't be alarmed by all the recent industry news; it's a good time for storage consumers. In 2007, the storage system world had its share of relevant happenings. Isilon Systems went public at the end of 2006, heralding a new era in storage system value and setting the competitive stage for 2007. 3PAR, Compellent and Data Domain generated a ton of capital, gaining credibility with investors and removing risk concerns from customers' minds. Yet these four storage system vendors don't compete with each other. This tells you two things: The storage system market is very diverse and each company has a chance to become a category leader. Another storage highlight in 2007 was Dell buying EqualLogic. This was more than just a big player acquiring an emerging storage vendor. Dell threw down a gauntlet when it bought EqualLogic, essentially saying "We'll own IP; we'll change our strategy; we'll be bold." This acquisition eliminates risk for some, but creates it for others. There may be a number of EqualLogic customers that don't want to ...

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  • 8Gb/sec Fibre Channel widens lane for SAN traffic

  • Unlimited storage

    Clemson University has big plans as it upgrades its data center—and those plans call for lots and lots of storage. Their new IT infrastructure is being built along the lines of the National Science Foundation's Cyberinfrastructure initiative. Clemson expects its new world-class facility to attract a new crop of young faculty who will find the storage, bandwidth and CPU resources needed to support their research efforts.

  • Taming storage virtualization

    Where storage virtualization should reside and how it should be applied depends on the size of the storage infrastructure, the type of applications running in it, and the levels of control and visibility required by administrators. We look at the leading storage virtualization products and help you decide which technology may be best for your storage shop.

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