TITLE

The storage revolution

AUTHOR(S)
Foskett, Stephen
PUB. DATE
December 2004
SOURCE
Storage Magazine;Dec2004, Vol. 3 Issue 10, p67
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article discusses a revolution that will tear down the barriers to consolidated enterprise storage. According to research, central storage area network (SAN) storage is used by just 20 percent of data center servers. And many companies have little Fibre Channel (FC) hardware, which is often limited to a few disk trays attached to a single, important server. The fact that Dell, Hewlett-Packard and Sun Microsystems are among the top five vendors in terms of storage hardware market share should clue people in that advanced enterprise storage just is not as widespread as many believe it is. Most data centers are full of servers using internal disks or small, dedicated external storage arrays, especially in the Windows market. Even where FC is in use, many sites connect only a few servers to their SAN. SAN are supposed to offer flexibility and resource sharing, but most small SAN do not share resource at all. Instead, FC is used as a high-performance bus for dedicated disk and tape devices. The advanced features offered by enterprise storage devices are also largely unused. Only a few large sites have hundreds of servers on their SAN, use all the latest storage technologies and pressure their vendors for improved features and performance.
ACCESSION #
15503302

 

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