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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?

  • Getting the most out of flash storage

    Over the past few years mainstream enterprises have been turning to NAND flash storage to boost speed and decrease latency, but some vendors still produce products that inhibit customers from achieving flash's full potential.

  • SAN/LAN convergence can pay dividends today

    Today's workers want faster computing speeds and more storage, management wants it all under budget, and IT professionals are scrambling to save money and improve productivity. The tools of choice to achieve these goals are typically virtualisation, cloud computing and data centre consolidation, but IT may be overlooking a simple but effective fix: storage area network (SAN) and local area network (LAN) convergence.

  • Data management, budget constraints top issue for IT managers

    IT managers attending Storage Networking World this week revealed in a poll that while corporate data is growing rapidly, their budgets to manage it have remained flat or shrunk.

  • The move towards the virtual organisation

    The benefits of using virtualisation to drive out costs are obvious, and that is why virtualisation is taking hold in a huge way within many organisations. Many have begun using server virtualisation as a way to consolidate infrastructure by collapsing their physical servers into fewer more efficient blade servers. Server virtualisation reduces floor space, power, and cooling requirements, which translates to fewer more efficient virtualised data centres, potentially saving huge amounts of money.

  • Buy an expensive SAN to save money

    The benefits of SANs (storage area networks) sound tantalising: efficient centralized storage, high performance, and rock-solid reliability. But SANs are too expensive if you're a small business. Or are they? Let's do the numbers - you may be surprised.

  • Will Windows 7 spread desktop virtualisation?

    Microsoft is pushing desktop virtualisation as a way of making Windows 7 play nicely with old applications, especially those written for Windows XP. So now that the technology has been "blessed" by Microsoft, can the industry brace for a desktop virtualisation boom? Probably not, most experts agree.

  • Cisco data centre guru on IPv6, virtualisation and strategy

    As a 13 year Cisco veteran, John McCool, senior vice president and General Manager of Cisco's Data Centre Switching and Services Group, has seen a boatload of change.

  • Will free Citrix upgrades boost virtual desktops?

    The set of virtual desktop system enhancements Citrix Systems announced this week is unusual not for its timing or technical acumen, but for focusing on the experience of actual end users.

  • Cisco and HP gear up for battle in data centre

    Cisco's foray into the server market has been talked about for some months now. What has not been so widely discussed is HP's attack on Cisco's territory with a new range of ProCurve switches - it all adds up to a tasty battle.

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