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Vol. 4 No. 5 July 2005

When consolidation doesn't bring integration

This month, we're looking at the continuing saga of Hewlett-Packard and storage (see "HP reassures the faithful," p. 18). Even as we were finishing up this story, Sun acquired StorageTek. This now makes two of the four most important server vendors that have gone the acquisition route in the last four years in storage (HP was obviously motivated by more than storage when acquiring Compaq). We've written before about the mixed role server vendors play in the storage market. They're large companies with a lot of resources to develop new technology, and they have an easy entree into many potential users' shops. They also tend to believe they can lead with their strong suit--servers--and storage will magically fall in line. That might sound good in a dark room full of marketing folks staring at slides, but it's not always compelling in broad daylight in your shops. Admittedly, Sun is quite different from HP/Compaq. There's little overlap between Sun and StorageTek, and neither is seriously involved in the commodity PC world that ...

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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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