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Vol. 7 No. 10 December 2008

Much of solid state still on the drawing board

although solid-state, or flash, technology is already showing up in storage arrays, the current implementations aren't the same ones you might see in five years. For all of the hype, solid state is still a work in progress. Solid-state drives (SSDs) are mostly finding homes as replacements for hard disk drives or as cache to speed performance. But these uses are only solid state's first foray into the data storage market. Inserting solid state into traditional hard drive territory might not be the best way to take advantage of solid state's potential. "[Data storage] is really built on the legacy of rotating magnetic hard drives. We built around the advantages but also the disadvantages," says Jeff Janukowicz, research manager, hard disk drive components and solid-state disk drives at IDC, Framingham, MA. "Looking at the whole system of how you can better optimize it around solid-state drives is probably, longer term, the real benefit," he says. Charlie Andrews, worldwide director of product marketing, IBM System Storage, agrees...

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  • LTO-4 gains favor among tape drive buyers

  • How your SAN will evolve

    We asked storage vendors, industry analysts and technologists serving on storage industry associations about where they saw the SAN heading. There may not be sweeping architectural changes in five years, but there will be changes in the basic building blocks of the SAN infrastructure: networks and protocols; switches; storage arrays, disks and controllers; and SAN management.

  • "I second that VMotion," say replication vendors

    Replication vendors are finding new avenues for their technology by leveraging VMware's VMotion technology.

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