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Bill Heenan, president of the Steel Recycling Institute, Pittsburgh, says municipalities generate about 20 percent, appliance retailers about 40 percent, and peddlers generate about 40 percent of this stream.
Although the term appliance sometimes connotes a small kitchen-like device (and in some cases the appliance could be the size of a microwave oven), in the storage network environment this platform provides simplicity with intelligence serving the range of storage form factors from departmental and enterprise data center to carrier-class environments, and there are many benefits that appliances bring to data centers.
Appliance-based SAN solutions simplify the management structure by centralizing intelligence within the appliance rather than distributing it throughout the SAN.
While many appliances meet this criterion, some products still require the user or reseller to install software on each desktop accessing the appliance.