Inside System Storage -- by Tony Pearson

Tony Pearson Tony Pearson is a Master Inventor and Senior IT Specialist for the IBM System Storage product line at the IBM Executive Briefing Center in Tucson Arizona, and featured contributor to IBM's developerWorks. In 2011, Tony celebrated his 25th year anniversary with IBM Storage on the same day as the IBM's Centennial. He is author of the Inside System Storage series of books. This blog is for the open exchange of ideas relating to storage and storage networking hardware, software and services. You can also follow him on Twitter @az990tony.
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Its an interesting question Tony. The ability to separate storage from systems is beneficial to almost anything. I've got a thread going on my blog where people are talking about how many systems they have in their homes (I'm waiting for your confessional/post, BTW) And Tivo and DVRs come up. Dave Demlow talks about how he can't get his Tivos to work together. Well wouldn't it be great if you could have a master Tivo writer and additional players (readers) A mini SAN for Tivo, if you will.<div>&nbsp;</div> For SMB's the problem is that administrators wear all the hats and they skip from one technology problem to the next. Its hard to hunker down in any one area for any length of time. SANs make it easier to setup servers, virtual servers and to manage storage. For that reason, I think the clip level is about what you suggest - 7 servers.

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