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Vol. 3 No. 9 November 2004

Editorial: Common sense triumphs

Last month I commented on the rise of midrange storage. After spending three days with nearly 600 of you at Storage Decisions in Chicago in early September, I now realize that I was seeing only part of the picture. Midrange mania is just part of the growing popularity of tiered storage. And I don't mean just combining SATA and Fibre Channel (FC) drives. To me, tiered storage means tiers at every level: disk, array, network (IP and FC), backup (disk and tape) and so on. I want to congratulate storage managers for making sense out of all the marketeering. Utility computing, information lifecycle management (ILM) and so on are all worthwhile notions years away from viability and often involving wholesale shifts not just in IT, but in corporate life in general. So what were you supposed to do while waiting for all of that? The consensus I hear is to implement tiered storage. Use the right tool for the right job in the right place at the right time. A year ago, vendors and some pundits were saying SATA, iSCSI and disk backup weren't ...

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Features in this issue

  • The search for cost-effective disaster recovery

    Creating an efficient DR strategy starts with determining the value of your company's applications and data. You can find the right mix of DR technologies to protect your data without breaking the bank.

  • Accommodating arrays

    by  Jerome Wendt

    Modern storage arrays offer disk types to meet any need -- costly Fibre Channel (FC) disks for high-end applications requiring superior performance and availability, and lower-priced SATA disks for less-critical data. The arrays also come with mixed RAID configurations. But selecting the right mix of disks and RAID levels requires understanding the impact of those decisions.

  • Cheap SANs--Hype or Hot?

    Low-cost SANs still looking for a market

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