Fact Sheet

 
 
By Gary Bolles  |  Posted 2002-08-19 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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A well-managed storage architecture provides the solid infrastructure on which critical business initiatives dependent on flexible and rapid access to transparently available data can be built. The move to make storage a companywide utility requires a variety of new technologies to create a stable storage platform.

Effective Storage Allows the Business To…

  • Provide users with continuous uptime.
  • Deliver data to users more rapidly, and in the formats they require.
  • Make more flexible decisions about moving and merging workgroups.
  • More readily establish new data-intensive business initiatives.
Advantages

  • Gives the organization a rationale for centralizing and standardizing resources.
  • Provides a competitive advantage to the organization by making it more agile.
  • Saves money through better use of existing hardware, and by allowing companies to buy less expensive hardware.
Disadvantages

  • Technology is in flux, with industrywide standards still emerging.
  • Some technologies, such as Storage Area Networks, can be initially more expensive, especially for smaller companies.
  • May create frictions between departments that are required to merge their storage resources.
Resources

enterprisestorageforum.com EarthWeb site devoted to large-scale storage issues.

www.networkstorageu.com Variety of online courses on enterprise storage (some vendor involvement).

snia.org Web site of the vendor-sponsored Storage Network Industry Association.

networkbuyersguide.com/netstorguide Series of online guides provided by Strategic Research Corp.

searchstorage.com Storage-specific search site.

storagemagazine.com Exclusive focus on storage management strategies.

Major Players

EMC (emc.com): Top vendor of networked storage and storage management software, and an OEM to many other storage companies. Offerings include CLARiiON NAS, Celerra HighRoad and ESN Manager for SANs.

IBM (www.storage.ibm.com/snetwork): Number two in networked storage, third in storage management software. Broad product range includes NAS 100 through 300 line, SAN Switches and iSCSI NAS box.

Veritas (veritas.com): Second in storage management software. ServPoint software can be used with industry-standard hardware to create SAN and NAS devices.

Compaq (www.compaq.com/storage): Third in networked storage. Rechristened HP StorageWorks line includes NAS1000 departmental to NAS Executor E7000 enterprise unit, as well as a variety of SAN products.

Technology

Virtualization: The process of separating the formerly merged components of operating system, application processing and storage.

Network-Attached Storage (NAS): Allows storage devices to be connected directly to the network, to be shared by servers and users over an IP.

Storage Area Network (SAN): A pool of storage devices managed in a separate network based on the Fibre Channel scheme.

Storage Area Management (SAM): An emerging set of software components that allow IT departments to manage all network storage as a pool of resources.



 
 
 
 
Gary Bolles Gary A. Bolles is the Editorial Director for Ziff Davis Media's Custom Conference Group. He is responsible for directing the group's editorial efforts, ensuring the quality of the content it delivers, and moderating and speaking at client events. A frequent lecturer and keynote speaker on a variety of technology topics, he has hosted more than 50 events in the past year alone.

Bolles was the founding Editor-in-Chief of Interactive Week, developing its unique vision, the founding editorial director of Sm@rt Reseller magazine, creating the publication from initial research, and the founding Editorial Director of Yahoo! Internet Life, managing its successful launch. Bolles was also the Editor-in-Chief of Network Computing Magazine, and for one year was the host of 'Working the Web' for TechTV, covering a wide variety of technology-related topics. Until recently, he was a contributing editor to CIO Insight, writing on a broad range of technology subjects, and assisting in the coordination of the publication's research efforts.

Bolles is the former Chief Operating Officer of Evolve Software, Inc., and the former VP of Marketing for Network Products Corporation. He has served as a marketing consultant to a variety of organizations, and has advised a number of software startup companies in arenas such as online marketing and data mining.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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