Is Network Storage Truly Replacing Direct Attached Storage?

If one consulting firm is correct in its prediction, then direct attached storage systems may one day be a thing of the past. In a recent research note, Aberdeen Group says that even though direct storage is the most common storage architecture, there is a growing trend for NAS and SAN applications. “As new information technologies churn out incredible amounts of data, research indicates that the storage demands of the enterprise are growing at close to 40 percent a year,” the Aberdeen research note says. “After a certain point, direct-attached storage can no longer satisfy these demands adequately.”

Aberdeen predicts that IP networks will one day supplant the need for separate NAS and SAN programs.

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