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Vol. 3 No. 12 February 2005

A new generation of storage networking

OK, don't put the magazine down, just glance over the top of it. Can you see your storage area network (SAN) or your big network-attached storage (NAS) boxes? Got your feet up on the desk? Maybe you're thinking, "Gee, after a few years of trench warfare to get this stuff to work, things are pretty stable. This year should be pleasingly calm. No change is good change." Was that good? Now stop daydreaming--your work is just getting interesting. We're entering a new phase of storage networking. Fibre Channel (FC) SANs and high-end NAS are known entities, as well as relatively mature and stable technologies. Many of the bugs are out and prices continue to plummet. Maybe they'll never be true commodities, but their success has certainly inspired technologies that will be, such as iSCSI and SATA RAID. In belated New Year's pundit fashion, my view of the future of networked storage is far from just a cheaper version of what we have today. We're on the eve of a second generation of storage networking. The first generation was based on ...

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Features in this issue

  • No-sweat SAN design

    Whether you're planning a new storage area network (SAN) or dealing with the growing pains of an existing one, SAN design tools can ease the process.

  • E-mail archivers keep companies legit

    Storage managers must deal with stricter government regulations and rapidly escalating e-mail stores. There are many e-mail archiving programs available, but finding the one that best meets your company's needs is the key.

  • D2D Backup: Disk's dual role

    In part one of a three-part series on disk-based backup, we describe how SAN disk-as-disk and NAS disk-as-disk work, as well as the pros and cons of each configuration.

  • Backup exec: Time to grow up

    New version of Backup Exec catches up with Windows growth.

  • Scaling SANs

    Horizontal and vertical scaling are two methods of improving a SAN's capacity and performance. We discuss how to choose the appropriate approach for your environment.

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