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Vol. 4 No. 1 March 2005

Network-attached storage appliances: Not just for consumers

Here's a little secret we'd like to share with the storage community. The next big thing in storage will be consumer NAS appliances. As a storage professional, you may say, "Who cares?" Your job involves storing and managing terabytes of data, not home devices. Don't be so sure. You may be called upon to back up and manage the home storage systems of C-level folks and many remote users. With ease of use and backup services built in, home storage equipment is bound to become a de facto standard for small businesses and remote offices. Furthermore, individual departments will surreptitiously install consumer storage systems just as they add rogue wireless access points and Web servers today. Storage professionals will definitely need skills to find, secure and manage these mini-NAS boxes. You've been warned, but you still might be wondering: "Why consumer NAS and why now?" Driver 1: Broadband networks At the end of 2004, there were roughly 30 million broadband subscribers in the U.S. and more than 60 million worldwide. DSL ...

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Features in this issue

  • SMI-S has legs

    SMI-S support gaining ground

  • Midmarket yearns for remote replication

    Midsized companies want enterprise-class replication

  • Spotlight on midrange arrays

    Midrange arrays can handle most jobs traditionally associated with costly monolithic arrays at a far lower price. Our Special Report describes the benefits of these modular storage systems, profiles 14 of the leading midrange arrays and offers a look at what's coming.

  • Securing IP SANs

    IP SANs use commodity hardware and industry-standard protocols to provide a cost-conscious, easy-to-manage alternative to Fibre Channel arrays. But with IP comes the issue of security. We detail five ways to make an IP SAN more secure.

  • Buzzword: SPAID

  • Rescue stranded storage

    by  Alex Barrett

    How SRM products can help you discover capacity that isn't accessible to an array.

  • First Look: Archivas ArC

    Archivas' ArC software is a highly scalable archiving application that can store fixed content as WORM data while still providing quick access to files.

  • NAS heads: Gatekeepers for enterprise storage

    A NAS head can aggregate disk capacity on storage systems, making it easier to share files and usedisk space efficiently. NAS head capabilities vary, so understanding product features and your requirements is crucial.

  • EMC TOEs the iSCSI line

    by  Alex Barrett

    Target-side TCP/IP Offload Engine chips have arrived, but the jury is still out on whether you should care.

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