TITLE

A glimpse of the future

AUTHOR(S)
Schlack, Mark
PUB. DATE
December 2004
SOURCE
Storage Magazine;Dec2004, Vol. 3 Issue 10, p4
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Editorial
ABSTRACT
This article presents the author's forecast on the U.S. computer storage industry. The past year has been a banner one for midrange storage, with sales on the rise and products becoming more scalable and capable. Some of you have newer midrange arrays that perform better than your older monolithic storage, with capacities to match. Midrange software is also gaining in sophistication. In many ways, today's midrange is merely yesterday's high end with newer parts and lower prices. That has been great for budget-strapped shops struggling to keep their noses above constantly rising storage volume waterlines. But it is just that problem, never-ending storage growth, that begs for something more than just faster, cheaper versions of what we already have. Looking back over 2004, it strikes me that while commoditization of the midrange has set the tone for pricing conversations, advances in high-end arrays have set expectations for what future technology might look like. I am referring to the DS series from IBM and Hitachi Data Systems' TagmaStore. Common threads run through both architectures, namely the primacy of software, the ability to concatenate arrays, and the beginnings of a client/server architecture in storage.
ACCESSION #
15503278

 

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