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Vol. 2 No. 6 August 2003

Grid computing will change storage

Grid computing--also called computing on demand--has the potential to change the computing model we've used for more than a half of a century. Computers have essentially been self-contained systems with local memory, I/O and storage. This model has been expanded and refined over the years while remaining essentially unchanged. Of course, there have been numerous computer revolutions in the last five decades: networked computers on LANs; two-tier computing or client-server computing, which separates the application from the data; three-tier computing that separates the user interface from the applications and the data such as Java. And the short list of giant leaps in computing would certainly need to include the Internet, WWW, SANs and high- performance or massively parallel computers. Yet in spite of these admittedly significant advances, the basic model remained the same. Grid computing is the first real change to the model that leverages these advances. For the first time, users will be able to get the computing they need, on...

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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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