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Vol. 2 No. 6 August 2003

Guest Opinion: IBM Makes the 'V' Word Respectable Again

The word "virtualization" came into vogue a few years ago with the usual fanfare, promising to solve all the storage management problems the industry was facing. It was going to improve storage utilization, allow for management of heterogeneous storage and simplify the development and use of all storage applications. Venture money poured in. Compaq, DataCore, FalconStor, StoreAge and others jumped into the fray. And then reality set in. There were limitations. Customers were reluctant to put an NT-based appliance in front of a multimillion-dollar cluster of EMC Symmetrix arrays. They worried that the in-band appliance would become a bottleneck and wondered how far it would scale. Very quickly, the "V" word became a bad word. All that changed with IBM's announcement of the SAN Volume Controller this summer. Now we expect the V word will become respectable again, not only for IBM customers but for the entire industry. Why is that? Let's look at what IBM announced--software called SAN Volume Controller (SVC) that runs on xSeries ...

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  • 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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