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Published: 20 Oct 2012

Not too long ago, storage managers were kept company by the sound of spinning disks and whirring tape drives. Today, the din of storage systems is barely audible as business unit folks, application development dudes, compliance officers, network gurus--heck, even corporate lawyers--crowd onto the raised floor. And they all have something to say about how storage should be run. When life was simple, disk jockeys could enjoy their solitude; now everyone wants to get into the storage act. Not surprising, really, with every company on the planet worrying about exposing their intellectual property, protecting customer info or trying not to be on the receiving end of a lawsuit. So why are all of these nonstorage types horning in on what was previously a barely noticed niche in the data center? It's the data; more accurately, it's the realization that it's not data after all, but information. In today's business world, information is the thing and it's sitting on your storage systems. I've rattled on before about how storage has shifted from being just a bunch of ... Access >>>

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    • Editorial: Who will run the storage shop?

      Who will run the storage shop?

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