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Vol. 10 Num. 6 August 2011

New trends in storage

It may seem as if storage technologies are a little stodgy and out of date, but there’s plenty of technical development going on at both big storage vendors and smaller upstarts. The enterprise data storage industry doesn’t have a reputation as a hotbed of innovation, but that characterization may be unfair. Although bedrock technologies like RAID and SCSI have soldiered along for more than two decades, new ideas have flourished as well. Today, technologies like solid-state storage, capacity optimization and automatic tiering are gaining prominence, and specialized storage systems for virtual servers are being developed. Although the enterprise arrays of tomorrow will still be quite recognizable, they’ll adopt and advance these new concepts. Solid-state cache Spinning magnetic disks have been the foundation for enterprise data storage since the 1950s, and for just about as long there’s been talk of how solid-state storage will displace them. Today’s NAND flash storage is just a decade old, yet it has already gained significant ...

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Features in this issue

  • New trends in storage

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Storage technologies may sometimes seem a little stodgy and out of date, but there’s plenty of technical development going on at both the big storage vendors and smaller upstarts.

Columns in this issue

  • The need for speed

    by  Alan R. Earls

    An analysis of the some of the leading vendors in the TCP/IP offload market.

  • No excuse for lax laptop backup

    by  Rich Castagna

    Too expensive, too much extra work and not enough integration were legitimate complaints about laptop backup a few years ago. But those excuses just don’t cut it anymore.

  • Hybrid clouds on the horizon

    by  Jeff Byrne, Contributor

    A few notable glitches have soured some users on cloud storage services, but a hybrid approach that integrates public and private storage may ultimately convince cloud skeptics.