December 2006

  • Virtualization may cure provisioning woes

  • Recent storage company IPOs remind us that fast and loose spending isn't behind us

    Storage Bin: Just when we thought the fast and loose spending of the dot-com bubble was well behind us, a few recent storage company IPOs remind us that we really haven't gotten a lot smarter.

  • Data backup versus data archiving

    Companies should split backup and archiving into two separate initiatives to help them differentiate between copying data for recovery, and retaining data for future reference and retrieval.

  • Is it really a disaster?

    Was it really a disaster after all? It's important to distinguish operational recovery from disaster recovery because the tools and techniques used in each situation can differ significantly.

  • Waste millions of dollars or start archiving

    Waste millions of dollars or start archiving

  • Quality Awards II: EqualLogic emerges as top midrange array

    The second edition of the Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Awards turned up yet another surprise winner, this time for midrange arrays. In its first year in our survey, EqualLogic snagged...

  • Storage IQ: Key technologies for 2006

    We keep a close eye on what technologies our readers are most interested in. Here are the year's 25 most commonly searched terms. Do you know them all?

  • Host-based replication

    There are three distinct architectures of host-level replication software: Windows-only file system, multi-OS file system and multi-OS blocklevel products. Each alternative offers specific features...

  • Secure Digital card (SD card)

    A Secure Digital (SD) card is a tiny memory card used to make storage portable among various devices, such as car navigation systems, cellular phones, eBooks, PDAs, smartphones, digital cameras, mu...

  • Dell, Microsoft tout joint NAS product

    The new NX1950 product is vastly more expensive than its counterparts from HP and NetApp, but it scales higher, supports clusters and has redundant controllers.

  • Top 10 storage management tips 2006

    Below are the top ten storage management tips of 2006, based on our readers' interest, covering such topics as SRM software evaluation, storage provisioning, security, storage capacity planning and...

  • NAS security 2

    NAS expert Randy Kerns answers a reader's question: How do I secure a network attached storage (NAS) box from physical attacks as well as network based attacks? I have found that disk encryption is...

  • Degaussing backup media

    Backup/recovery expert W. Curtis Preston discusses how to degauss backup media.

  • Connecting a hard drive to NAS

    Our NAS expert Randy Kerns answers this question, posed by one of our readers: "How would I take an ordinary hard drive and create a network attached storage (NAS) hard drive instead of buying an e...

  • Top 5 NAS tips 2006

    Here are the top five NAS tips of 2006, based on our readers' interest, covering such topics as NAS consolidation, NAS for SMBs, top products and more.

  • Top 10 backup tips 2006

    Backup is, well, it's backup. It's pretty self-explanatory. You have to protect your data, and it's pretty obvious how to do it -- you make a copy. Although that concept is simple, unfortunately in...

  • Storage Decisions Session Downloads: Smart Shopper Track (LV 2006)

    Very few storage managers have carte blanche when it comes to storage spending. Because of this and the harsh demands of data growth rates, managers need to spend budget wisely. Sessions in our "Sm...

  • Users: Onaro SAN management tool could do more

    Users of Onaro's SANScreen say the monitoring tool has been worth the cost so far, but they would like to see better support for VMware, SAN routers and additional SRM features.

  • Storage Decisions Session Downloads: Architecture Track (LV 2006)

    More than 70% of the attendees of Storage Decisions say they are setting up or evaluating a tiered storage architecture. Featured in this track will be the popular Tiered Storage School sessions al...

  • Storage Decisions Session Downloads: Engineering Track (LV 2006)

    To keep up with the demands of data and business requirements, managers need to engineer the most flexible and complete storage network. This track looks at SAN and NAS issues, distance demands, re...