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Storage Management Disciplines are Declining
Although the cost of disk storage has been dropping, the demand for storage is ever increasing. Therefore, good storage management is still an important discipline for data center managers. However, benchmarks collected over the past decade show that storage management practices have gotten worse across the board: in mainframe data centers as well as in UNIX and Windows server environments. (3 pp., 3 figs.)
Storage Price Dynamics Tilt Toward Purchasers
Price wars among vendors, along with ever-improving technology, continue to offer buyers superior storage devices at lower unit prices. Both more cost-effective methods for manufacturing the devices and new storage architectures are moving the industry toward standardization and cheaper mainstream applications. Two architectural areas that show particularly notable gains are desktop storage and storage area networks (SANs).