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Vol. 3 No. 10 December 2004

A glimpse of the future

The past year has been a banner one for midrange storage, with sales on the rise and products becoming more scalable and capable. Some of you have newer midrange arrays that perform better than your older monolithic storage, with capacities to match. Midrange software is also gaining in sophistication. In many ways, today's midrange is merely yesterday's high end with newer parts and lower prices. That's been great for budget-strapped shops struggling to keep their noses above constantly rising storage volume waterlines. But it's just that problem--never-ending storage growth--that begs for something more than just faster, cheaper versions of what we already have. Looking back over 2004, it strikes me that while commoditization of the midrange (and acceptance of low-end technologies) has set the tone for pricing conversations, advances in high-end arrays have set expectations for what future technology might look like. I'm referring to IBM's DS series and Hitachi Data Systems' TagmaStore. Common threads run through both ...

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