Unified storage has become a key offering for all the key storage vendors. While one -- NetApp -- once had the field almost to itself, it now faces stiff competition from storage behemoth EMC, which last year reworked a major chunk of its product family as unified storage. But unified storage products come in differing form factors, and there are benefits and drawbacks to their implementation in different situations.
In this SearchStorage.co.UK guide, you can read about the key unified storage systems offerings of the main vendors and get advice on how to decide which form factor suits you best.
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In this technology survey, Chris Evans examines the unified storage products available from the top storage vendors and finds multiprotocol access has gone mainstream, with converged platform and NAS gateways available from most vendors.
Chris Evans looks at the pros and cons of buying unified storage in a single box or as an add-on NAS head for a storage array.