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Vol. 2 No. 2 April 2003

Midrange or high end: what's right for you

Kurt wong, director of storage services and Chuck Cancilla, storage engineer, have the challenging task of managing over 250TB of storage at Inovant, the wholly owned service arm of Visa International in San Francisco, CA. One way they're meeting that challenge is by organizing their storage into service tiers. The goal of the service tiers is to move toward a shared network environment balancing business needs, performance and cost while not being tied to a specific technology. "We are not building around a technology, but around tiers that satisfy business services," says Wong. Inovant's storage tiers consist of EMC Symmetrix on the high end, and midrange IBM Shark and Network Appliance F800 filers. Using a planned combination of high-end and midrange storage is gaining popularity among storage managers. Successful implementation depends on understanding what you're getting with each tier, and what your overall challenges are. Compare and contrast To explain high-end vs. midtier, architecture and service levels must correlate ...

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Features in this issue

  • Virtual SANs bring order to chaos

    by  Marc Farley

    What will Cisco's embedded virtual SAN technology in its new MDS switch line mean to storage managers? For starters, a new way to manage SANs as they spread across the company.

  • Midrange or high end: what's right for you

    by  Jim Booth

    While the line is blurring, it's not gone. We look at what really differentiates high-end from midrange storage. And we look at the virtues of combining them.

  • USC Spurns Usual Tape Suspects

    In his role as director of emerging technologies at the University of Southern California (USC), Mike Lin is responsible for storing and backing up between 50TB to 100TB of data, for faculty and students alike.

  • Is storage management software worth it?

    High prices, deep discounts, expensive deployments, uncertain vendor commitment--what's a storage manager to think? We help decode the confusion that abounds in this market.

  • SATA drive challenges SCSI functionality

    When it comes to disk drives, suitability for enterprise or desktop applications has little to do with the interface, but with the drive's underlying mechanical platform.

  • Storage managers grapple with Windows

    by  David Braue

    The spread of Windows into ever-more serious applications and the growth of data on Windows servers means that more storage managers are attaching Windows hosts to their SANs. Along with that comes the need to decide whether Windows-based storage management software is the way to go.

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