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Without getting into too detailed a history lesson, the concept of tiering the supply base was the result of some industry participants analyzing the success of the Japanese manufacturers in North America in the late 1970's and early 1980's.
Provisioning different levels of data protection offers perhaps the most widely applicable and cost-effective tiering strategy.
With EqualLogic's tiering capabilities, customers can store business critical email on higher performing drives and RAID sets, and then backup or archive their mail stores to more cost-efficient storage--all within a single SAN.