Feeds

SAN sanity, TCO parity

Who's not the NAS, just a buzz

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Storage Expo Storage Expo 2001 kicked off yesterday at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre with a surprisingly good turnout of vendors. Most of the usual suspects were on display, complete with flashy lights, lots of pamphlets and plenty of big boxes called 'SAN Station' and 'SAN in a Van', among other things.

Q Associates, a big Sun Microsystems reseller (among other things), runs an annual storage survey and presented the results, which were met with some interest, as well as some scepticism by the techie audience.

An independent consultant, Teresa Moon (whose name was followed by a string of acronyms in danger of running out of space to display), informed the audience of the results the survey had found, mainly covering: key storage issues; cool/uncool brands; priorities facing IT managers/CIOs; and new storage technologies.

From the results, current key issues for CIOs include: backup and archive management; online backup; storage capacity expansion; and 24x7 application availability. This did not seem far removed from the previous year's results and most of the audience nodded in agreement.

Top four trendy brands included Compaq, IBM, HP and Sun, while the not-so-hip list included Auspex, LSImetastor, MTI and Brocade (from the query: What storage brands do you have implemented). Those brands whose perceptions were gaining nicely in the market were EMC, Hitachi, StorageTek and Network Appliance.

Moon then displayed 'priorities for new corporate storage solutions', listing them (in order of magnitude) as: performance; TCO (Total Cost of Ownership); expansion capabilities; purchase cost; high availability; and compatibility. At this point the audience started to rumble a little and eventually came to the conclusion that performance wasn't much of a priority at all and certainly not the number one priority, which in these new economic climes should definitely be TCO. (They also thought 'purchase cost' should be bundled up with 'TCO', although some did dispute this, bringing up mention of evil Dilbertian CFOs that don't understand real TCO and only care about upfront cash costs.)

Under the section of 'new storage technologies', clustering, SAN and NAS ruled the roost, while 'storage virtualisation' came a distant last. This was in direct contrast to the exhibition hall buzzing down below though. A long list of companies had pegged up proud "we do storage virtualisation" and "storage virtualisation is love" signs (or just about anyway). ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Docker's app containers are coming to Windows Server, says Microsoft
MS chases app deployment speeds already enjoyed by Linux devs
Intel, Cisco and co reveal PLANS to keep tabs on WORLD'S MACHINES
Connecting everything to everything... Er, good idea?
SDI wars: WTF is software defined infrastructure?
This time we play for ALL the marbles
'Urika': Cray unveils new 1,500-core big data crunching monster
6TB of DRAM, 38TB of SSD flash and 120TB of disk storage
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
'Hmm, why CAN'T I run a water pipe through that rack of media servers?'
Leaving Las Vegas for Armenia kludging and Dubai dune bashing
Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First
But - dammit - It would be insane to say 'don't collect, because NSA'
Oracle hires former SAP exec for cloudy push
'We know Larry said cloud was gibberish, and insane, and idiotic, but...'
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.