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Vol. 3 No. 6 August 2004

Data storage trends: Fabric intelligence

The debate over storage intelligence has been raging for years. Should the storage brains reside on the server with the operating and file system, or should it live on storage subsystems with the data and disks? In the midst of this battle, a third option is steadily gaining ground. Because storage architectures are now tightly aligned with networks, why not put the intelligence in the fabric? After all, LAN equipment delivers software smarts for activities such as routing, QoS and security, so why not arm storage area networks (SANs) with brains of their own? According to a current research report by the Enterprise Strategy Group (ESG), Milford, MA, the time for intelligence in the fabric is now. ESG recently surveyed 210 IT professionals to gauge their thoughts on intelligent fabrics. An intelligent network was defined as "a storage network with a resident switch or appliance which performs storage services (e.g., replication, virtualization, continuous copy) or in which storage software, applications reside." Based on the ...

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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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