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The Coming of the StoreAge: Page 4 of 4

There is a downside to this architecture, too, which is that it is more vulnerable to spoofing (when a rogue server takes control of the data).

It's important to note, however, that so far neither side of the debate has come up with any benchmark tests to prove their method is faster.

It's also worth noting that Compaq Computer Corp. (NYSE: CPQ) supports the out-of-band approach with its VersaStor system (see Compaq Gains on Virtualization) -- which does StoreAge no harm.

— Jo Maitland, Senior Editor, Byte and Switch