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Vol. 5 No. 4 June 2006

New modular arrays added to the mix

THE STORAGE LANDSCAPE has undergone many changes recently, with EMC, LSI Logic (and, by extension, IBM) and Network Appliance (NetApp) all announcing new modular arrays last month. EMC replaced its Clariion CX300, CX500 and CX700 with the new Clariion CX3 family, which includes the CX3 Model 20, CX3 Model 40 and CX3 Model 80. LSI Logic added four new controller models--the 6994, 3994, 3992 Turbo and the 3992, the latter of which IBM will rebrand as its DS4700, replacing the DS4300. Finally, NetApp announced a new high-end family, the FAS6000 line, with a top-end model that scales to 1,008 spindles. The common thread running through all of these systems is 4Gb/sec Fibre Channel (FC) connectivity, although each vendor supports it in varying degrees. NetApp will offer the FAS6000 in both 4Gb/sec and 2Gb/sec configurations; however, the 4Gb/sec extends out only through the network and to the host. That's the important part anyway, says Patrick Rogers, NetApp's VP of products and partners, "since once the data hits the controller, ...

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Features in this issue

  • Deduplication extends to archives

  • Lock up data with fixed-content storage

    For most companies, fixed-content storage requirements are simple: Store the data securely, do it cheaply and provide fast access. With more data subject to external and internal audits, content-addressed storage products are becoming the preferred storage medium for long-term protection of fixed content.

  • Storage growth drives buying plans

    The results from our exclusive semi-annual Purchasing Intentions Survey are in. Storage growth is a key concern for storage managers, as additional capacity has a ripple effect that touches many other components in the storage environment.

  • Is encryption enough?

    Encrypting data at rest is definitely a reliable security measure, but it should be considered only one component of an effective storage security plan.

Columns in this issue

  • Time to think outside the box when it comes to data protection

    Storage Bin: The concept of "That's the way we've always done it" isn't going to work anymore, and it sure won't help you build an efficient disaster recovery plan. It's time to think outside the box when it comes to data protection.

  • The rise of the ultra-dense array

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Disk drives are getting smaller and smaller even as their capacities rise. Now storage vendors are packing more disks than ever into smaller spaces, which saves costly data center real estate. But the denser arrays also have a downside--higher power consumption and more heat.

  • A look at data classification products for e-discovery

    New technology products that look inside data can help you classify and manage that data more effectively. But these tools can also be leveraged for e-discovery, allowing specific data to be found and acted upon quickly to satisfy legal requirements.