It's never been a better time to be in the market for enterprise storage products, with many excellent options available at affordable prices. But the market can be confusing for the uninitiated, with a variety of network options and capabilities. Even those of us "in the know" about enterprise storage are sometimes surprised by the offerings and companies in this space! So … [Read more...] about Which Small Enterprise Storage Arrays Are Worth Considering?
Apple unveiled their new line of MacBook Pro laptops today, complete with "Thunderbolt", the trade name for a production packaging of Light Peak and Mini DisplayPort. After much speculation (including quite a bit by yours truly), we finally have some concrete information about Light Peak, and perhaps a peek (if you forgive the pun) into the next generation of I/O … [Read more...] about Thunderbolt = Light Peak = Mini DisplayPort + PCI Express
One reason I decided to work with the folks at DCIG to collect data for their Small Business Storage Array Buyers' Guide was to learn more about the various products in the space. One difference I noted in these small arrays, which usually hold 4 to 8 drives, is their use of hard disk drive carriers or sleds. There are pros and cons to both approaches, but I was pleased to see … [Read more...] about SMB Arrays: Drive Carriers Or Not?
EMC's Iomega unit today released the 12-drive rack-mount storage product we have all been waiting for. It was never a question of whether Iomega could produce such a beast: The EMC LifeLine software and Iomega hardware were definitely up for it. The question was always if EMC would direct Iomega to fill the gaping hole in their storage lineup between the 4-drive ix4-200r and … [Read more...] about Iomega Graduates and Goes to Work with the ix12-300r
Apple's business customers do not appear amused at the company's exit from the enterprise storage space, but it was the quiet way that the company dumped the Xserve RAID product from their lineup that really irked. "XRAID" customers were left wondering whether they made the right choice, and if the company's support for the defunct storage array might dry up, too. Apple … [Read more...] about Apple Customers Vent Over Ex-Xserve RAID