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To gauge the latest trends in storage networking, one has only to glance at recent deployments. Real life is, after all, the best market bellwether.

Take what's going on in Clark County, Nevada. (See Clark County, Nev..) Here's a snapshot of the kind of data overgrowth many organizations face. In Las Vegas, the trend is enhanced by a burgeoning population with massive data processing requirements.

According to Rich Taylor, Clark County's senior systems programmer, there are now around 2 million people residing there, with more flooding in every day. "Conservatively, the population is growing by 4,000 to 5,000 people a month," he says. The 1.3-Tbyte IBM Shark he bought five years ago isn't cutting it as volume presses up against the 100-Tbyte mark.

Newly installed NAS and a server revamp have dramatically reduced Taylor's scaling issues, including cost of disk storage, power consumption, and footprint. In addition, he has local support for his hardware. There's nothing fancy here except the savings.

Another trend, WAN optimization, is illustrated by the case of Mary Kay, the cosmetics company. (See Mary Kay.) Network architect Rob Wieters says he'd barely finished a forklift upgrade of servers, routers, switches, and firewalls in April 2005 when his group learned a big ad campaign would be launched in September. Wieters used a Packeteer appliance to separate campaign from regular business traffic.

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