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Vol. 2 No. 6 August 2003

More cool technology coming out over the next year than at any other time in storage history

It's summer. it's hot. It was 187 degrees in Las Vegas for CA World. It's hard to think about storage when it's that hot. It's hard to think about anything, but I'll give it a try. I think that EMC paid too much for Legato. I love Legato, but how does one justify $1.3 billion for only about $100 million in annual license revenues? I hope it works out, but that one will be a tough one to integrate into the EMC culture, at the very least. I think it was funny how aggressively Veritas went right at the Legato customer base, intimating that if things weren't already bad enough, now you have to deal with EMC! I could almost hear the ad snickering. I think software licensing is more confusing than craps. I think that there is more cool technology coming out over the next year than at any other time in storage history. There will be many lights at the end of many tunnels soon. The problem will be IT peoples' inability to take advantage of the next cool thing because most of the fundamentals have yet to be addressed. I'm going to try to...

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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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