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Vol. 1 No. 7 September 2002

Innovating carefully

We've been doing a lot of research on where storage managers are placing their bets next year. With so many people facing tough economic straits, you might think lottery tickets would be a hot item. But seriously, lean times aren't usually devoted to experimenting with brand new technology. Will 2003 be the year storage managers just say no to innovation? I don't think so. What's becoming clearer is that new technologies will have to meet a demanding test: Can they solve a pressing problem now? Style points won't be awarded. Nowhere is that clearer than in the contrast between two technologies that are currently hitting the market, InfiniBand (IB) and IP storage. Cisco's unveiling of its IP/Fibre Channel (FC) switches means that iSCSI finally has a big-league champion in the market. But that would be only mildly interesting if it weren't for the fact that our surveys consistently say you're more interested in it than any other emerging storage technology. This coming year may well be the Year of IP Storage, with iSCSI playing a ...

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