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Astorage vendor may have great technology, butthe bottom line is how fit it is for survival in the storagemarketplace. So put down that spec sheet and pick up thebusiness section.
The world of file content and NAS storage isdisjointed and fraught with error; we need to unravel theproblem of massive file stores before the issue gets toobig to handle.
RAID—in itsmany variations—has been around for a longtime and it’s done a good job of protecting data. But high-capacity drives and new performance demands havespurred development of RAID alternatives.
Although solid state is emerging as a viable enterprisestoragealternative, there’s still plenty of life left in harddisk drivetechnology, with higher capacity, greener andmore capable drives on the way.
We’re not completely out of the economic woods yet, butthe outlook for storagemanagers in 2010 is a little brighter according to our Storage Purchasing Intentions survey. Seewhattechnologies respondents have in their sights for this year.
The deep freeze in IT spending is starting tothaw and IT organizations are shifting from cost-reductionmode to cost containment.
In our latest survey, 50% of respondents currentlyuse a tiered system in their storageshops, about the same aslast year. But more automated methods are being used tomovedata from tier to tier.
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