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  • Can Fibre Channel survive Ethernet's assault?

    Expensive and specialised Fibre Channel SANs have been under assault as companies consolidate data traffic over Ethernet. With Fibre Channel disks already largely eliminated from the market by SAS, can networking gear be far behind?

  • Macbook Air could foretell death of hard drives

    Apple's decision to use SSD technology rather than a hard drive in the new Macbook Air - and Steve Jobs' pronouncement that it represents the future of notebooks - could hasten the replacement of traditional drives with NAND flash technology.

  • Fibre Channel vs. iSCSI: The war continues

    In the beginning there was Fibre Channel (FC), and it was good. If you wanted a true SAN - versus shared direct-attached SCSI storage - FC is what you got. But FC was terribly expensive, requiring dedicated switches and host bus adapters, and it was difficult to support in geographically distributed environments. Then, around six or seven years ago, iSCSI hit the SMB market in a big way and slowly began its climb into the enterprise.

  • MAID to store - persistently

    Copan boss Mark Ward explains why hard disks are getting smaller, how persistent data differs from transactional data - and how his company can save storage space and power as a result.

  • Revving up its storage horsepower

    HP is ramping up its storage business, blading virtually everything, and preparing a new product for massive scale out storage requirements.

  • Does Microsoft's early release of Hyper-V help combat VMware?

    Only time will tell if Microsoft's current Hyper-V feature set is enough to propel them into becoming the dominant virtualisation vendor. Or as VMware claims, is the feature set too immature and too unproven compared to what VI3 already offers today?

  • Implementing datacentre flash arrays

    Clever flash solid state disk array management software can already overcome poor write performance and limited write erase cycles, according to EasyCo's chief technology officer.

  • SSD disruptive technology in the datacentre

    Solid state disks will start replacing fast hard drive arrays substantially in 2010 due to cost reduction, write performance improvement, better performance and potentially spectacular better energy efficiency.

  • LSI's waters

    LSI Logic has bought Agere and is getting out of the mobility and consumer businesses to concentrate on storage and networking-focussed activities. It wants to supply more high-value components to storage (and networking) OEMs.

  • Is FCoE the emperor's new trousers?

    Everyone involved is saying such nice things about it that a cynic might start to wonder where the catch is...

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