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Vol. 5 No. 8 October 2006

Survey Says: Users name their 10GbE price

Ten Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) ports will have to get a whole lot cheaper before users will replace Fibre Channel (FC), according to the Wave 7 survey of Fortune 1000 storage administrators conducted by TheInfoPro. Forty-one percent of respondents indicated that they'd consider an IP SAN a compelling alternative if 10GbE ports cost less than half that of FC ports. Still, only 9% of respondents indicated that they would stick with FC no matter what. How much less would 10GbE ports have to cost compared to 4Gb/sec FC ports for an IP SAN to be compelling? Source: TheInfoPro Storage Study Wave 7 (

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Features in this issue

  • Survey Says: Users name their 10GbE price

  • The right way to provision storage

    Provisioning storage is still mostly a manual job, but solid planning, including the right interested parties and some improved tools, can help ease the chore. Follow these provisioning best practices to gain greater performance and higher disk utilization.

  • Long-term archiving

    With some legislative requirements mandating data be kept for as long as 70 years, your organization needs an archiving plan that defines what data needs to be kept and why. But don't overlook how you'll restore old data when it needs to be accessed.

  • How to manage encryption keys

    Encryption is an effective way to secure data. But managing encryption keys can be a major undertaking. While there are no encompassing key management tools available yet, some apps can help you keep track of proliferating encryption keys.

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