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Vol. 4 No. 4 June 2005

DAS: The last bastions

Something strange happened last quarter: According to IDC, the total percent of storage revenue--internal and external--that went to DAS increased to 56% of the market, up from 55% the previous quarter. External networked storage decreased from 45% to 44% of the market. But neither IDC analysts nor external storage vendors are willing to concede a trend. "We haven't seen anything that signals a shift in our data," says Jay Krone, EMC's director of Clariion platform marketing. If anything, IDC's numbers say more about server sales than they do about storage, per se. "The server industry had a bang-up Q4 for server sales under $6,000," says Krone. Those extra servers, he hypothesizes, "might be enough to move the needle toward SCSI JBOD." Furthermore, sales of external storage were "particularly weak" at IBM, points out Brad Nisbet, program manager for IDC storage systems, further skewing the data. In EMC's own Fibre Channel (FC) array business, the trend is decidedly away from direct-attached arrays--more than 80% of all ...

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    In the final installment of his series on disk-based data protection, W. Curtis Preston describes how options such as snapshots, replication, continuous data protection and data reduction backup can improve the backup process.

  • Storage spending report

    Storage magazine's exclusive semiannual Purchasing Intentions Survey shows budgets slowly climbing, a move toward tiering and an increased focus on using disk for backup.

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