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Vol. 7 No. 2 April 2008

Prices drop for drives, tapes

Prices drop for drives, tapes Prices on the SATA drives we track continued to come down this month, with 1TB drives dropping almost 6% to $325. For tape drives, only LTO-2 and DLT-S4 had a slight upward bump (less than 1% each), while LTO-4 tape drives dropped by more than 4%. LTO-1 and LTO-4 media both registered price drops of more than 6%. While LTO-1 pricing is now close to the level it had in November 2007, LTO-4 is down to $115 from the $127 price point it enjoyed six months ago. Hard disk drives Tape drives Media all charts show average cost per unit

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Features in this issue

  • Is iSCSI good enough?

    by  Deni Connor

    Organizations of all sizes have adopted iSCSI because it's easy to install, inexpensive, behaves just like Ethernet and doesn't require specialized skill sets like Fibre Channel does. But do analyst claims that iSCSI performance falls short of that for Fiber Channel hold up?

  • Survey: Fibre Channel rules planned purchases

  • Automate application recovery

    by  Eric Burgener

    Today's application continuity computing (ACC) products are best suited for small- and medium-sized businesses, and are focused exclusively on Exchange, which most companies now consider a business-critical application. But the concentration on Exchange will likely change over the next few years, as several ACC vendors plan support for SQL Server and SharePoint in the future.

Columns in this issue

  • Best Practices: High hopes for thin provisioning

    Thin provisioning is a promising way to address allocation and performance. One of the biggest challenges when using the technology is knowing where your data lives, and whether it can be tracked or recovered if there's a catastrophic component failure.

  • Storage Bin 2.0: Winds of change push storage into a new era

    The transactional computing era is over. The Internet computing era is dragging data into the "cloud," and this new era will rain more files--and bigger files--down on you than you can ever imagine.