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Vol. 2 No. 7 September 2003

SAN holdouts

Better disk utilization. Better scalability. Improved data availability. These are just a few of the advantages supposedly awaiting enterprises making the move from direct-attached to networked storage topologies. What conscientious storage manager could resist? Withering storage budgets? As the economic slowdown continues, many companies are attempting to hold down storage spending, according to a recent survey of 129 senior executives by Forrester Research Inc. Of those surveyed: Yet a March 2003 survey of 529 Storage readers showed a different picture: The difference probably speaks to the volatility of the issue, as well as the difference in perception between direct storage managers and higher-level IT execs. Tim McGovern, for one. The director of engineering at Skywalker Sound, a film production studio in Nicasio, CA, spent the last 18 months testing--and, he says, breaking--various storage area network (SAN) products. Before that, he and his team had spent five years investigating SANs. They declined to do any hands-on ...

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