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Vol. 3 No. 10 December 2004

The storage revolution

Storage pundits (me included) are sometimes surprised by how little of what we talk about actually finds its way into practice. We take for granted that companies use centralized Fibre Channel (FC)- attached storage for most of their data center servers. We assume advanced features such as mirroring, replication and flexible provisioning are widely used. In short, we think what we talk about is what you do. We're wrong, of course. According to my own research, centralized storage area network (SAN) storage is used by just 20% of data center servers. And many companies have little FC hardware, which is often limited to a few disk trays attached to a single, important server. The fact that Dell, Hewlett-Packard (HP) and Sun Microsystems are among the top five vendors in terms of storage hardware market share should clue us in that advanced enterprise storage just isn't as widespread as many believe it is. The real state of storage In the real world, direct-attached storage (DAS) still dominates. Most data centers are full of ...

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