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Vol. 7 No. 8 October 2008

End in sight for Fibre Channel?

End in sight for Fibre Channel? FIBRE CHANNEL (FC) may still reign as king of the networked storage realm, but I have to wonder just how long that supremacy will endure. FC advocates say you can't beat storage systems built around that protocol for performance and reliability, which seems to be a pretty solid argument for now. Still, from my perspective, there have been enough rumblings to suggest that FC's position as leader of the storage pack isn't so secure and it could even be toppled from its throne. The first chinks in FC's armor come as a result of iSCSI storage gaining wider acceptance. Back in iSCSI's early days, vendors offering those systems were careful not to step on the toes of the big storage guys and positioned their systems as complementary to--rather than competitive with--FC. That was a pretty accurate assessment for the most part, as initial iSCSI storage arrays had some shaking down to do and certainly couldn't match the credentials of FC storage. But I think that strategy by iSCSI vendors was partly a ploy...

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Features in this issue

  • Are solid-state disks ready for the enterprise?

  • Green spin cycle

  • Second-generation CDP

    Continuous data protection (CDP) received lots of attention but garnered few takers as a standalone product. Since then, the technology has been incorporated into data protection products and its role is now likely to expand. In addition, rapid data growth and shrinking backup windows are two of the trends that support the increased adoption of CDP.

  • Solid-state distinctions emerge

  • Economy and capacity at odds

    With fewer bucks in the budget, storage managers are facing some constraints in dealing with growing storage capacities. But, according to Storage magazine's Purchasing Intentions survey, they're responding by earmarking some of those dollars to newer technologies like data deduplication that will help them cope with burgeoning data stores.

  • The green storage gap

    by  Ellen O'Brien

    Storage departments are trying energy-saving technologies, but measuring ROI is still a challenge. Some storage administrators are plugging vendor-supplied product power consumption numbers into so-called green calculators, but it's no easy task as there are inconsistencies in how each vendor presents its product's power requirements.

  • Storage for high-performance computing

    by  Deni Connor

    The storage and server cluster installed at The University of Texas at Austin is a lesson in how to do high-performance computing (HPC). Storage requirements for HPC go beyond massive capacity and include the use of high-performance file systems.

  • Ask the Experts

    Where and when should we use data dedupe for remote-office backups?

Columns in this issue

  • Best Practices: Why you can't go it alone

    by  Ashish Nadkarni

    Most IT departments are split into islands of expertise, like storage, servers and networks. But the time is coming when those disparate groups will have to learn to work together. Network consolidation is just one of the technologies forcing storage pros to build stronger interdisciplinary IT teams.