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Vol. 2 No. 11 January 2004

Modular arrays earn new trust

The bid sheet for the modular arrays slides across the conference room table, prompting eyebrows to rise. The storage manager looks the vendor squarely in the eye and says, "The price looks good, but here's the bottom line: We're betting our business on your modular arrays, so we've got to know, can we trust them?" Increasingly, the answer is "yes." Modular arrays have come a long way in recent years. Analyst firms such as Gartner Inc., Stamford, CT, and The Evaluator Group, Greenwood Village, CO, now pin the enterprise-class label on modular arrays. Vendors promise the same or greater levels of availability, capacity, management and performance for their modular arrays as found on their monolithic arrays. Toss in faster deployment, smaller footprints and lower price points and the decision would almost seem like a no-brainer, except for the critical environments into which users may look to deploy these arrays. If users are to feel confident about moving their most critical data onto modular arrays in whatever environment they ...

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