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Even if the OEMs were continuing to support the tiering model, history has proven that, with very rare exception, being a Tier One or Systems Integrator is a thinly disguised grocery store financial model where the sales are great but the margins are razor thin.
Look to start with operational practices tiering classes of storage device or data protection.
These options are too limited to satisfy today's cost-constrained business manager, and are dwarfed by the tiering options available with today's low-priced ATA disk technology and advanced storage management software.