The storage revolution

Foskett, Stephen
December 2004
Storage Magazine;Dec2004, Vol. 3 Issue 10, p67
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.


Related Articles

  • Storage Firsts.  // Storage Magazine;Dec2003, Vol. 2 Issue 10, p13 

    Enumerates several pioneer products in storage area networking (SAN). SAN arrays Magnitude and Magnitude 3D from Xiotech; SL 8500 tape library from Storage Tek; SANbox 5200, a Fibre Channel (FC) switch from QLogic.

  • HOT TECHNOLOGIES FOR 2008. Radding, Alan // Storage Magazine;Nov2007, Vol. 6 Issue 11, p21 

    The article cites the five must-have computer storage technologies to be incorporated into data centers in 2008. The LTO-4 tape drive format provides built-in Advanced Encryption Standard, doubles capacity to 800GB and boosts the data transfer rate to 120MB/second. N_Port ID Virtualization...

  • Is Low-Cost Fibre Channel Finally Here?  // Storage Magazine;Dec2003, Vol. 2 Issue 10, p11 

    Evaluates the SANbox 5200, a Fibre Channel switch from QLogic. Features; Limitations; Cost.

  • protect your SAN from attack. Preston, W. Curtis // Storage Magazine;Aug2003, Vol. 2 Issue 6, p30 

    Focuses on the security of storage area networks (SAN) of corporate networks. Security of storage network prior to the advent of Fibre Channel; Attacks that can be initiated by a disgruntled employee which can compromise corporate data; Terminologies used in storage security.

  • LARGE FABRIC STORAGE AREA NETWORKS: FABRIC SIMULATOR DEVELOPMENT AND PRELIMINARY PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS. Muknahallipatna, S.; Miles, J.; Hamann, J. C.; Johnson, H. L. // International Journal of Computers & Applications (Acta Press);2010, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p167 

    The increasing demand for large electronic data storage repositories has led to implementation of large fibre channel (FC) storage area networks (SANs) or fabrics. Large fabric implementations experience scaling problems with fabric services. Fabric services, such as link state records, name...

  • Human genome team needs petabyte Sans to analyse data.  // Computer Weekly;5/25/2004, p34 

    One of the organisations behind the human genome project is rapidly expanding its storage network to petabyte proportions to help analyse the data. The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute produced a third of the data for the project, which was completed last year. It already has 200Tbytes stored on...

  • SAN switch smarts. Wendt, Jerome M. // Storage Magazine;Aug2004, Vol. 3 Issue 6, p58 

    This article highlights the migration of storage management, performance, and security functions to switches as of August 2004. Growing and merging storage area networks (SAN) create levels of complexity that many of today's baseline Fibre Channel switches were never designed to handle. Deployed...

  • iSCSI beats the alternative. Duplessie, Steve // Storage Magazine;Feb2003, Vol. 1 Issue 12, p72 

    Discusses the application of the integrated Small Computer System Interface (SCSI). Background on Fibre Channel standards; Benefits from SCSI applications; Tips on implementing storage area networks.

  • Storage Considerations in the Virtual Infrastructure Environment.  // Technical Support Magazine;Jun2009, Vol. 1 Issue 1, p18 

    The article discusses the significance of improving the storage piece of the virtual infrastructure environment. It notes that the increase of the number of spindles deployed in the storage piece affects speed of the disk drive. It cites different storage options including the direct-attached...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics