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Vol. 5 No. 10 December 2006

Mobile drive tech could move into data center

Significant disk-drive enhancements, announced by Seagate and Hitachi Global Storage Technologies, will likely please notebook buyers next year, and the new disk technologies they'll enjoy could eventually trickle up to enterprise-class storage. But if you're a storage shop manager, don't hold your breath--some insiders say the advancements may take more than a year to appear. At the end of October, Seagate announced DriveTrust, a technology platform for deploying security features on hard disk drives. Seagate's Momentus 5400 FDE.2, the first DriveTrust-enabled disk drive for notebook computers, will be available early in Q1 2007. And in early November, Hitachi announced that it will add two 2.5-inch drives to its Travelstar notebook line next year, offering 200GB and approximately 250GB in capacity, also with hard-disk encryption. While these vendors consider how these advancements might unfold in the enterprise, the idea of high-capacity 2.5-inch drives or disk-based encryption making its way into corporate-class storage ...

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Features in this issue

  • Hot technologies for 2007

    "Storage" magazine's editors reviewed technology developments, product introductions and storage standards to come up with this short list of must-have technologies for 2007. We believe iSCSI SANs, hardware-based tape encryption, high-capacity disk drives, virtualization and thin provisioning will have the greatest impact on enterprise storage environments.

  • SAN consolidation strategies

    As islands of SANs proliferate in companies, the cost of storage can soar. Sound SAN design strategies allow companies to reduce the number of SAN islands, strengthen a primary SAN, make storage easier to manage and provide more data protection.

  • Quality awards II: EqualLogic named top midrange array

    by  Rich Castagna

    Another Quality Awards dark-horse candidate, EqualLogic PS Series, joins backup winner BakBone in unseating established players for top honors.

Columns in this issue

  • Is it really a disaster?

    Was it really a disaster after all? It's important to distinguish operational recovery from disaster recovery because the tools and techniques used in each situation can differ significantly.