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Vol. 4 No. 5 July 2005

Half-terabyte drives on tap

Calculating the raw capacity of a disk subsystem will be a lot easier now that disk-drive capacity comes in 500GB increments, a nice round number. Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) is already shipping its Deskstar 7K500, while Maxtor and Seagate have announced 500GB disks that will ship this summer and early fall. HGST's Deskstar and Seagate's Barracuda 7200.9 500GB drives are based on the Serial ATA-II specification, which features data rates of 3Gb/sec. Maxtor claims some of its 500GB drives will be SATA-II compliant, although some will still ship with the parallel ATA 133 interface. In terms of apps, the sky's the limit for 500GB drives. Maxtor, for one, is introducing five distinct products based on the 500GB platform: the consumer electronics-oriented QuickView for DVR-type applications; Maxtor Shared Storage for adding capacity to home networks; MaXLine for enterprise apps; DiamondMax for the desktop; and the OneTouch external backup drive.

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Features in this issue

  • Data classification: Getting started

    by  Karl Langdon and John Merryman

    Classifying data and knowing how its value changes over time will improve service levels, create a better working relationship with business units and reduce costs. (This tip is part of our Storage 101 tip series.)

  • How DBAs view storage

    Storage magazine's exclusive poll gives you the lowdown on how DBAs and storage pros view storage. We detail each group's areas of concern, spotlight their differences and find some common ground.

  • Clustering comes to NAS

    by  Alex Barrett

    Fed up with monolithic NAS boxes that don't scale? Clustering provides a way out of the management headache that's being perpetuated by some industry players.

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