Who are you?

We recently completed our annual reader survey, which we use to tailor our content to your needs. Here are a few snippets from that survey.

About 56% of you are IT end users, 27% are in the channel (VARs, resellers, integrators and other solution providers), and 15% are OEMs or systems builders.

About 43% of you are in large enterprises (more than 1,000 employees), while 57% could be described as SMBs (less than 1,000 employees). Along those lines, about half of you are with companies with annual revenues of more than $100 million.

In terms of total capacity, our readers are split almost evenly between >50TB (35%), 10TB to 50TB (27%) and <10TB (38%) per site.

In one of the somewhat surprising results, 42% of our readers say that their dominant storage architecture is a SAN, while 35% are primarily using NAS and 23% are still relying primarily on direct-attached storage, or DAS. (We expected the NAS and DAS percentages to be lower.)

When we asked which vendors are your primary storage suppliers (a ‘check all that apply' question), Hewlett-Packard topped the chart at 57%, followed by Dell (48%), IBM (42%), EMC (31%), Sun/StorageTek (26%), NetApp (18%) and Hitachi Data Systems (18%).

Responses were fairly evenly split on the issue of how you prefer to receive information: the print version of the publication, the digital version of the publication, and our Web site.

In this issue…

A year or two ago, the emerging Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) standard was a source of a lot of controversy and debate, primarily over whether it would succeed or not. Today, adoption of FCoE seems inevitable, but users are zeroing in on the why, when, how and who (which vendors) questions.

Russ Fellows, a managing partner with the Evaluator Group research and consulting firm, explores some of those issues in "Is FCoE the future of data center networks?" on page 20, which includes some good advice regarding FCoE implementation time frames.

According to preliminary results from a recent QuickVote poll of infostor.com visitors, 10% plan to begin some level of FCoE deployment this year (probably mostly tire kicking), 12% plan to deploy it in 2010, and 22% expect to deploy in 2011. The remaining 56% currently have no plans for FCoE.

And in "SSDs require new array architectures," page 16, the Taneja Group's Jeff Boles takes a look at solid-state disk (SSD) drives from the perspective of enterprise-class arrays. In short, most of today's arrays were not designed to take full advantage of SSDs, but newer arrays will have the requisite features and functions.

Dave Simpson

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This article was originally published on August 01, 2009