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Vol. 2 No. 6 August 2003

New Pricing Schemes Aim For Lower Storage Costs

Changes are afoot in the way you can pay for your storage--at least if you're an EMC or Hewlett-Packard StorageWorks XP 128 or 1024 customer. EMC has introduced an automated version of its OpenScale capacity-on-demand program, while HP has tweaked its pay-per-use plan, where customers pay a fixed monthly fee, plus a fee based on metered usage of its disk consumption. Under HP's new program, customers will pay no more than it would cost to lease an equivalent system, and will not be penalized if they fail to increase their capacity. EMC's OpenScale now features agentless collector technology that relieves EMC technicians from having to go to the customer site to assess usage. HP has also added enhanced metering capabilities that let managers track utilization over the Web. That's provided through OpenView Storage Area Manager, included as part of the program. According to Gary Wright, HP vice president, network storage services, the company "hopes this will become the new model for buying storage," and has plans to extend the ...

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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

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  • 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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