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Vol. 2 No. 9 November 2003

Snapshot: Server disk drives

Which is your standard server disk drive? What disk drives do you use in your servers? If SCSI, which manufacturer? Which capacity? If Fibre Channel, which manufacturer? Which capacity? If ATA/SATA, which manufacturer? Which capacity? Server disk drives remain overwhelmingly SCSI, a survey of Storage magazine readers revealed last month, with 61.5% favoring SCSI to 28% opting for Fibre Channel (FC), and a mere 5% for ATA. The 36GB drive remains the favorite with 48% of SCSI drive buyers. FC drive buyers, meanwhile, are more likely to buy 73GB drives (50%). Readers showed no particular preference for ATA drive sizes, which may be a result of the small number of readers that chose ATA as their primary drive. As far as manufacturers go, Seagate remains most readers' primary disk drive vendor, with 52.8% of the SCSI market, and 41% of the FC market. The only segment where Seagate does not dominate is in the ATA segment, where it was narrowly beat out by Maxtor.

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Features in this issue

  • Defragmenting Disks Falls by the Wayside

    The deal on disk fragmenting

  • Too many SAN islands

    by  Jeff Moad

    One of the main challenges to growing SANs is the proliferation of independent SAN islands. We look at how and why a multinational financial services company consolidated many islands into larger ones, but stopped short of a single, unified SAN.

  • Sane strategies for SAN growth

    What's the right way to design storage networks for growth? There's no simple answer to that question, but understanding the implications of storage- or network-centric approaches will help you make the right choices.

  • New directions for switches

    With all of the recent acquisitions and new partnerships forming this year, finding the right Fibre Channel switch for you is even more confusing. This article will help you chose the right one.

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