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Vol. 3 No. 6 August 2004

Channeling storage problems

We've written periodically in the last year about attempts to introduce routing and partitioning into storage area networks (SANs). Logically, it seems that both those capabilities will be as vital to building enterprise-wide storage networks as they have been to large-scale data networks. And we've been encouraged by attempts by Brocade, Cisco and McData to address different aspects of that problem, all the while suggesting that they'll be looking to standardize their approaches in the near future. So color me surprised when an executive at one of the big three switch manufacturers asked me recently what I could do to convince another vendor to cooperate in advancing switch interoperability. Everybody had been making such kissy-face noises recently that I'd been lulled into thinking they were playing nicely. But in fact, some of the children were pulling wings off flies while others colored within the lines. As I told the switch exec, I don't buy switches, so there's only so much I can do. And here it is: If you buy switches--...

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Features in this issue

  • SAN switch smarts

    Switches can now handle storage management, performance management and security. Here's a comprehensive look at the pros and cons of intelligent switches.

  • Big Mac attack for storage

    by  Alex Barrett

    Got storage-hungry Mac desktops to feed? Apple Computer Inc.'s Xserve RAID, its 3.5TB RAID array and the Xserve platform running Mac OS X have performed a minor miracle: Together, they seem to have made Mac a legitimate server and storage platform.

  • First look: iStora 4000 from Breece Hill

    by  Lawrence Disbury

    The iStora 4000 offers idiot-proof disk-to-disk-to-tape backup that smaller customers can afford.

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