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Vol. 7 No. 5 July 2008

What's red hot this summer? Common sense:Storage Bin 2.0

It took a while, but we finally seem to know what's good for us. THE IT MARKET has been in a strange place for a long, long time. We've experienced supreme highs and stunning lows, sometimes in the same year. We've seen processors spread from top-secret laboratories to being included in nearly every product on the market. We've watched device capacity move from kilobytes to terabytes and beyond, but it's still never quite enough for all the uses we humans can think of. We've seen the rise of the Internet as a technology enabler and the embarrassing fall of the Internet as a modern-day gold rush. We lost our common sense for a while, but we seem to be getting it back. At this point, we know the Internet's true function: to connect everyone to everything. It took 50 years, but the primary requirement for realizing the ultimate promise of commercial computing technologies has occurred, and it's the Internet. It lets us do truly astounding things, but it's also become a Pandora's box. When we opened the door to the future by ...

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Features in this issue

  • Solid State: New frontier for storage

    Solid-state media is starting to show up as an option for traditional storage arrays because it offers higher performance and lower power consumption. However, there are still reliability concerns related to wear out, the slower write performance of flash cells, and issues related to array management and interoperability.

  • DLT-S4 tape drives at bargain prices

  • Here comes 8Gig Fibre Channel

    New 8Gb/sec host bus adapters (HBAs) and switch devices have started arriving. But with storage arrays incorporating the new, higher speed technology still months away, end-to-end 8Gb storage infrastructures are still in the planning stages. Storage managers can get a jump on their 8Gig configurations by upgrading switches and HBAs now, or by considering networking gear that supports Fibre Channel over Ethernet.

  • Server blades and storage

    by  Ellen O'Brien

    Many IT shops are moving from traditional rack-mounted servers to blade configurations in hopes of reducing power and floor space requirements in their data centers. But combining blade architectures with server virtualization can cause problems with I/O and storage systems.

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