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Vol. 2 No. 1 March 2003

Here we go again

Last month and this month, we've been guilty of something I hope you never have to do: evaluating vendors' performance claims in the abstract. In our February cover story ("Inside the new Symmetrix") and this month's lead Trends story, ("Symmetrix DMX: Is it hot or not?") we've written a lot about the putative performance advantages of EMC's new Symmetrix DMX architecture, and how it compares to Hitachi Data Systems' Lightning and IBM's Shark. We did that without ever reading or writing a single bit to any of those devices. Nor did we report any data from anyone who did, outside of the vendors themselves. It's the sad truth, but a critical review of architectures on paper is the best you can do right now. Although there's a vendor-neutral performance benchmark (the Storage Performance Council's SPC-1), only IBM--of those three vendors--has seen fit, as of this writing, to report results. Perhaps HDS will. EMC hasn't even joined the Storage Performance Council. Oh, those wacky vendors--when will they learn? We're about to go ...

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Features in this issue

  • Tap the SAN for File Storage

    Used to be, if you wanted to give users a central place to store files, you had two options: put them on a generic file server, or on a NAS device.

  • Sony Joins Super Drive Game

    The market for super drives is alive and kicking, according to a recent report from Freeman Reports, with unit shipments more than doubling from 2001 to 2002.

  • Symmetrix DMX: Is it Hot or Not?

    The year is still young, but EMC's Symmetrix DMX announcement is arguably 2003's biggest storage story.

  • Surveillance Gradually Going Digital

    Security-conscious companies who started out using analog videotapes, are gradually making the switch to digital, offloading to digital tape and occasionally, cheap ATA disk.

  • Ease backup pain

    OK, maybe there's no cure, but a variety of bandages and pills can help. We look at the major backup packages and analyze what each does best.

  • Bring DBAs into the SAN era

    by  Jim Booth

    You may not want DBAs poking around inside your fabric, but the more they understand about SANs, the better they'll be.

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