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Vol. 7 No. 2 April 2008

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

Goodbye transactional computing; today, the file is the next big thing. Try and get your head around this: K-Fed (Britney Spears' ex-husband) is the good parent. And remember when rich guys were old and smoked pipes? Today they ride snowboards inside the pipe. Once upon a time, business was a serious thing. Now the smart money is on video games designed for my 12-year-old, who blows things up in a video game with his teammate who lives in China. The transactional computing era is over, my friends. It had a fantastic run, generated gazillions of dollars, created countless jobs and industries, and was intellectually stimulating--for a while. It's why we work in IT. The principles that revolutionized the way business was done have served us well. For 50 years, commercial computing has been predicated on the same basic philosophies, architectures and structure, all of which are based around the transaction. The transaction is a small block I/O that has known value, and thus can be supported with known costs. Protecting and scaling ...

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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.