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Vol. 3 No. 10 December 2004

IBM takes a step forward

With its new DS line, IBM is back in storage in a big way. [Editor's note: see IBM's new arrays (Nov. 2004)] The giant admitted years ago that it was getting crushed trying to be all things to all people, especially outside the IBM server base. Now older and wiser, Big Blue is using its bundling muscle to retake a ton of share. The DS launch gives it much more solid products, which positions it to take aim at non-IBM platforms once again. I'll be interested to see how successful IBM can be against the likes of EMC's Clariion, which is growing at a staggering 50%+ year over year. If anyone can make a run at Clariion, it's IBM. IBM caused a stir initially by renaming the Engenio-made FAStT lineup as the DS4000. Was that a first step toward replacing Engenio with IBM's own products? FAStT is IBM's most successful disk product by most measures, so some smarter IBM execs backpedaled on the new boxes because the channel is mighty happy selling the FAStT. While I fully expect IBM wants to wean you off non-IBM manufactured gear wherever...

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    In the coming months, expect to pay more for tape cartridges.

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  • Stress-free firmware upgrades

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  • Storage salaries edge up

    Storage's second annual Salary Survey finds salaries and bonuses inching upward despite a still sluggish economy. Even with hiring remaining flat, 2005 looks promising for storage salaries.

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