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When it comes to provisioning, 3PAR appears to have all the bases covered—and then some.
Faced with shrinking backup windows, time-intensive, or outdated tape architectures, and increasingly stringent service level agreements (SLAs) that require rapid restores, many IT storage professionals are evaluating disk-based architectures to solve their backup problems.
A number of research reports have indicated that the growth of storage area networks (SANs) in large enterprises is leveling off, while the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market represents a potentially huge, untapped market.
At last month's Storage Networking World conference and exhibition, IBM fleshed out its enterprise-class disk system family with the announcement of a lower-cost version of its TotalStorage Enterprise Storage Server (ESS) 800 "Shark" array.
Microsoft recently released to its OEMs a feature pack for Windows Storage Server 2003 that will enable companies to use Windows-based network-attached storage (NAS) filers in Exchange Server environments.
Ending speculation about the company's future ownership, Fujitsu Software Technology Corp. (Fujitsu Softek) last month announced a management-led buyout from parent company Fujitsu Ltd.
EMC headlines recent product introductions
Fabric-based intelligence (i.e., running storage applications on switches) wasn't center stage at last month's Storage Networking World (SNW) conference, but it wasn't off-stage either—reflective perhaps of the generally high interest in the emerging technology among end users.
Should small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) move to a SAN fabric to satisfy their storage needs? The advantages are significant, but have the costs in money and labor diminished sufficiently?
Last month (see "It's a good time to be an SMB," April, p. 6), I commented on storage vendors' renewed interest in the small to medium-sized business (SMB) market and how they're lowering prices and putting easy-to-use features in storage area network (SAN) products to gain traction in this space.
SNIA's storage management standard promises to facilitate the integration of both hardware and software.
A Microsoft storage executive makes the case for smaller businesses moving to SANs—Fibre Channel or iSCSI.
Storage management should take its cues from asset management.
To The Editor
This letter is in response to "D2D backup success depends on software" (see <i>InfoStor</i>, March 2004, p. 48).
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