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Vol. 6 No. 3 May 2007

Midrange rivals top dog

It's getting harder to distinguish between a low-end enterprise array and a high-end midrange array--but there are still some important differences. High-end midrange arrays and low-end enterprise arrays look awfully similar these days. During the last few years, features like clustering, mirrored cache, replication and snapshots have trickled down from enterprise arrays, while low-priced SATA drives have moved up to enterprise arrays to further confuse the already somewhat arbitrary array classifications. How we define high-end midrange arrays Identifying which high-end midrange arrays to include in this article wasn't easy. Depending on how they're defined, there are from 40 to almost 100 different midrange array models. This article focused on models that users would most likely consider an upgrade to their current midrange model or as a replacement for an enterprise-class storage array. We used the following four general characteristics as the criteria to define high-end midrange arrays: The midrange array must contain two ...

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Features in this issue

  • Negotiating for support

    Over a period of just a few years, the amount you spend on support contracts could equal or even exceed the price of the product itself. But storage support contracts are usually optional, and both the extent of coverage and its cost are definitely negotiable. A little hard bargaining and creativity, along with the leverage of seeking maintenance from a third-party support company, can go a long way toward knocking down your support costs.

  • More laptop backup options

  • Storage managers in control

    For the first time in five years, the amount of capacity storage managers plan to add this year dropped, according to the results of Storage magazine's latest Purchasing Intentions Survey. To be sure, the decrease was more of a sign that relief may be on the way for storage managers who have spent the last few years trying to keep up with runaway storage growth.

Columns in this issue

  • Best Practices: Protecting SharePoint data

    SharePoint's collaboration framework is gaining in popularity, but it has a number of data protection challenges that can result in significant levels of complexity rather quickly. Storage and data protection groups must work with application teams to plan an effective data protection strategy.