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Vol. 10 Num. 4 June 2011

Centera: End of an era, or end of an error?

With its Centera storage system, EMC was the standard-bearer for content-addressable storage; but the proprietary nature of the product is wearing thin. Around 2003, we seemed to be on the threshold of a new storage era that had the potential to revolutionize how we stored data and could use it more effectively in our businesses. The optimism was encouraged by a new concept called content-addressable storage (CAS) and EMC was its key proponent with its Centera system. Centera was an object-based storage system that provided extended metadata attributes to give users more control over and insight into data. EMC successfully recruited independent software vendors (ISVs) to support Centera’s application programming interfaces (APIs), which required more work but provided deeper integration between the applications and hardware. It was a powerful vision: a storage system that removed the complexities and many of the limitations of storage-area network (SAN) and network-attached storage (NAS). You could scale Centera to any size ...

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Features in this issue

  • NetBackup, Avamar emerge as top backup apps

    by  Rich Castagna

    In our sixth Quality Awards for backup and recovery software, users picked a relative newcomer and a weathered veteran as service and reliability standard-bearers.

  • Dedupe performance is effective if not remarkable

    by  Rich Castagna, Editorial Director

    Approximately 60% of our survey respondents are using data deduplication in backup. Find out the data reduction rates they’re getting and what non-dedupers say about the technology

  • Pare down primary storage

    by  Jacob Gsoedl

    Data deduplication is moving from backup to primary storage. Dedupe’s great for trimming primary data stores, but there are other technologies that can do the job.

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