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Blurring the boundaries

Storage and networking converge as data requirements soar. By Dante Malagrino.

Convergence is all around us; what used to be a device for making and receiving calls now lets you surf the internet and take photographs. Networks that once carried data now enable us to make long distance calls inexpensively. Repositories of electronic information once located outside an organisation’s network are now an integral part of it. So what is driving technologies to merge?
If we look at enterprise technology, we will see how the IT departments of companies of all sizes – and especially those of larger organisations – have evolved significantly in the past few years. This evolution has been driven by the convergence of different technologies (for example, voice and data) and has forced IT departments to reorganise and adapt to these changes in order to maintain their competitiveness. The main technology driving changes in today’s IT departments is storage networking.
The computing infrastructure includes three main components: the application/server; the storage device; and the network that connects the two. In the past, all of these components were hosted within the same system and were managed by system administrators. And, since they all belonged to a single system, the importance of the ‘network’ element was almost irrelevant.

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