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Vol. 2 No. 6 August 2003


As I write this, the big brains at the National Bureau of Economic Research have just announced that the recession is over. Actually, those economists say that it was over nearly two years ago. Funny, nobody told the rest of us, and there are still more than nine million people out of work. But even if you take the dimmest view of the current economy, you can feel a slight breeze stirring out there. After the initial shockwave of the bubble bursting, companies remembered how to live in lean times and now some are even learning to inch forward during them. In our storage corner of the world, we seem to be standing at a different sort of crossroads. The Fibre Channel revolution--if you'll permit that phrase--has run its course, with the result being that storage area networks (SANs) are now becoming mainstream in large companies. A second revolution is just beginning in the form of much less-expensive SANs that will be based on iSCSI and serial ATA drives and that will make SANs more pervasive, both in the applications that they ...

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Features in this issue

  • Early Adopters Unequivocally Up About iSCSI Arrays

    After years of listening to iSCSI hype, some IT professionals are embracing a new generation of IP-based storage subsystems, a group that includes the PeerStorage Array 100E, an iSCSI array from Nashua, NH-based EqualLogic.

  • EMC Expands Reach of Symmetrix DMX

    The incredible expanding Symmetrix DMX

  • SRM Vendors Set Sights on Secondary Storage

    Storage resource management (SRM) has become a standard offering for primary storage from all of the major SAN management vendors. Now, a number of startups and established backup software makers have taken the features of SRM and aimed them at secondary storage.

  • File Virtualization Tackles NAS Management Woes

    Now that NAS farms have grown to multiterabyte proportions, management migraines usually associated with SANs have arisen, and virtualization--round two--has begun.

  • Can tools streamline provisioning?

    Virtualization was last year's buzz word, and it looks like provisioning may be this year's. We dissect what these tools actually do and how to choose which ones that are likely to actually be useful in your environment.

  • The best way to scale SANs

    by  Stephen Foskett

    SAN configurations greatly influence their scalability. There's no perfect model, but here are the trade-offs involved with each major option.

  • Why consolidate?

    Organizations trying to consolidate storage often find themselves creating SAN islands that perpetuate traditional stovepipes. Does this solve the problem?

  • E-mail: It's worse than you think

    by  Eric Knorr

    According to a 2003 study by Meta Group, 80% of businesspeople say e-mail is more essential than the telephone. However, storage managers are struggling to keep pace with the growth in message volume and retention requirements. however.

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