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Vol. 3 No. 9 November 2004

Tiered storage has arrived

About this survey: Our survey was conducted in August 2004 by e-mail. Results are based on answers from 606 respondents, all of whom had specific purchasing authority for the product categories they were queried on. Storage managers are continuing down the paths they indicated last March, if a little more cautiously, and those paths are leading toward a tiered environment (see "Green light for disk spending," in the May issue). People are buying disk across all the tiers, moving backup toward a hybrid of disk and tape, and adding IP into their storage networks. Those are some of the conclusions emerging from the 606 responses to Storage magazine's August 2004 Purchasing Intentions Survey (see "About this survey"). Starting with the big picture, average budget increases over 2003 are at 2.7%, down from a projected 4.1% in March. Expectations for 2005 are for a similar budget hike of 2.6%. The decline from March is due largely to fewer people increasing spending by more than 10% over last year (22% vs. 33%), suggesting that some ...

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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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