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Vol. 6 No. 9 November 2007

Editorial: Web services for storage? It's already happening

A couple of months ago I read an IDC research report that said iSCSI storage was hot, really hot. The think tank reported that in 2006 the iSCSI market grew to nearly $750 million (about $150 million less than a good EMC quarterly revenue number), a gain of approximately 140%. That's impressive enough, but then they predicted that by 2010 we would be buying approximately $5 billion worth of iSCSI stuff. Hmmm, better take another look at those budgets ... Of course, we don't know how accurate IDC's ambitious prediction will be. We do know Storage readers and Storage Decisions attendees have proven themselves to be a good measure of what's happening in the real world, and while iSCSI is certainly of interest, it doesn't look like a good $5 billion bet today. We think 10Gig Ethernet will give the technology a kick in the pants, but can it boot it up into the billions? It's fun to watch the prognosticators push around big numbers, but they have little practical value to typical storage pros. Tell them how to ease pain points, not ...

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Features in this issue

  • Survey Says: Still coping with capacity

  • Solid-state storage finds its niche

    by  Alan Radding

    Storage managers facing critical storage performance problems and needing maximum IOPS have found a feasible option in solid-state disk. Solid-state storage is fast, cool and it barely sips power, but it's still far more expensive than traditional media.

  • Where encryption fits best

    by  Jerome Wendt

    Everybody knows they should encrypt tapes that go offsite, but many are still on the fence about where encryption should occur in their storage environments. There are a number of options, ranging from using your backup app's encryption capabilities to installing a purpose-built encryption appliance. We weigh the pros and cons of the available alternatives so that you can decide which approach best suits your shop.

Columns in this issue

  • Editorial: Web services for storage? It's already happening

    Web services for storage? It's already happening

  • Hot Spots: Web 2.0 storage: Challenges and choices

    by  Bob Laliberte

    Web 2.0 tools and strategies hold many potential benefits for businesses that deploy them, but their requirements for rapidly scalable storage and access, as well as persistent data, pose significant challenges for the IT staffs that need to build and manage the infrastructure.

  • Best Practices: Tackling data migration

    Data center projects often involve migrating data, which is frequently a painful process that can lead to unplanned downtime and outages. It's time to adopt consistent, repeatable migration practices. Selecting the right approach is highly dependent on infrastructure limitations, data and platform types, time constraints and staff capabilities.

  • Storage Bin 2.0: Virtually changing everything

    Server virtualization drives storage growth and dramatically drives the proliferation of storage networking. This is enabling the re-invention of how we manage, protect, store and access information.