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Vol. 3 No. 8 October 2004

Editorial: Storage stylin's

It's fall, which is as close to new model season as the storage industry gets. Between Storage Decisions, Storage Networking World and the looming Christmas shopping marathon, look for storage in smart new colors and shapes. Seriously, we're paying close attention this fall to see whether the storage industry is introducing Edsels or Accords. The whole storage market has changed dramatically in five years, a fact that storage vendors are often in denial about. Recent surveys that we've done (results coming next month) suggest some interesting changes, including a combination of interest in new ways to do things, and skepticism about particular implementations of concepts that may not be ready yet for actual use. One of the most obvious changes is that midrange storage has become the dominant mode throughout the enterprise. It's the yardstick by which people measure their needs. Do we need more than midrange reliability and performance? Let's look at high-end boxes. Do we really need Fibre Channel (FC) disks and redundant ...

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