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Vol. 4 No. 5 July 2005

Switching storage vendors

The process of changing storage platforms is known as a forklift upgrade because everything associated with the old storage platform has to be physically moved to the new platform. Data, connections and authorizations must travel to the new environment; servers, applications and databases also need to be redirected to the new storage devices. The procedure takes a great deal of time and Murphy's Law usually rears its ugly head: Whatever could possibly go wrong more often than not does. The prospect of a forklift upgrade--switching from one vendor to another--discourages companies from changing storage platforms. Many storage administrators would rather push their existing storage to the max, even past the point where it becomes obvious that a change is needed, just to avoid changing vendors. Sometimes, there's no choice. "We had gotten to the point where we simply outgrew our small EMC storage area network. We couldn't expand it any further," says Mark Rivard, network systems specialist at Johnson Health Network, which is ...

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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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