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Vol. 3 No. 11 January 2005

PCI express ready to go

If you've got the slots, HBA and RAID card vendors finally have a few cards that support the latest bus architecture for Intel-based servers he last obstacles standing in the way of PCI Express are slowly falling away, and the stage is set for the next-generation serial bus architecture to step up as the successor to PCI-X, with which it is software-compatible, while providing much better performance. Sales of servers with PCI Express are expected to take off this year. Today, only about 5% to 10% of servers ship with any PCI Express components, says Sean Hall, channel marketing manager at Broadcom Corp., a semiconductor company in Irvine, CA. But when you consider newer server designs, approximately half of them ship with at least a few PCI Express slots, he says, and that number should increase as the year rolls on. PCI Express storage adapters such as RAID cards and Fibre Channel (FC) host bus adapters (HBAs) are also starting to trickle in. LSI Logic, for example, has a PCI Express version of its Ultra320 SCSI MegaRAID card,...

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Features in this issue

  • PCI express ready to go

    PCI express on track as next bus architecture.

  • Guests arrive at LTO-3 party

  • Inside ILM

    Information lifecycle management addresses the overall management of information from its creation to its demise. While full ILM applications aren't here yet, you can begin building an information management framework with the data lifecycle in mind.

  • Think thin (provisioning)

  • Back up desktop data

    The job of protecting desktop data is much easier today with applications specifically designed for the job, continuous data protection applications and third-party services.

  • Best storage products of 2004

    Our third annual Products of the Year presents 15 products that could transform the way you manage storage. The editors of Storage and, along with a panel of industry experts, selected these standout products based on innovation and value, among other criteria.

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