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Vol. 6 No. 5 July 2007

Storage Bin: Boring is good

Some of the least-sexy storage tools just might be the most useful ones for coping with power problems. History is littered with products and technologies that were "nice to have," but not "need to have." Because of all the fires we fight daily in our storage shops, we just don't have the time or energy to deal with "nice to haves"--we have too many "need to haves" on our plate. As Bob Brennan at Iron Mountain once told me, "You don't paint the house when it's on fire." It's because of this phenomenon that technologies languish on the sidelines, even though it seems as if they'll provide obvious and immediate benefits. Storage resource management (SRM) is a classic example. What could possibly be bad about a tool that provides visibility and insight into the deep, dark recesses of your storage? SRM turns the lights on. Who wouldn't want to know that they have 87 copies of the same illicit pornography sitting on their Tier-1 storage? Would you buy new capacity if you knew you had tons of space you weren't even using? Boring "...

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Features in this issue

  • HDS reigns over enterprise arrays ... again

    The third annual Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Award for enterprise arrays saw some changes among the vendors, but a familiar theme prevailed as Hitachi Data Systems copped top honors for the third time.

  • EMC aims for "ease of use" at EMC World

    by  Rich Friedman

  • Tools to fine-tune your backups

    Backup and recovery applications typically include reporting capabilities, but they're often rudimentary and provide only basic information on the success or failure of data protection operations. Data protection and recovery management (DPRM) products, an emerging class of monitoring and planning tools, fill in the gaps where traditional backup apps fall short. DPRM tools provide advanced capacity reporting, predict usage patterns and allow performance tuning, troubleshooting and cost management. Here's how to pick the best product for your shop.

  • Can iSCSI crack the enterprise?

    by  Stephen Foskett

    iSCSI storage systems are showing up in medium-sized businesses, but storage managers at large enterprise shops have been reluctant to embrace them. This is largely because Fibre Channel (FC) is so firmly entrenched in bigger companies. But iSCSI offers some unique benefits that may appeal to shops with FC-only environments.

  • Snapshot: iSCSI storage

    Users speak out about iSCSI

Columns in this issue

  • Editorial: People and power

  • Best Practices: The ultimate archiving challenge

    Given current practices, it's questionable whether electronic information created and stored today will be usable 10 years or 15 years from now. The steps we take now will greatly affect the magnitude of the problem facing us (or our successors) in the future.

  • Storage Bin: Boring is good

    by  Steve Duplessie

    They may not be the sexy new technologies of the moment, but boring "vision" tools that provide insight and report on storage infrastructure are as necessary to your environment as ensuring that the system you run is getting power from the wall.

  • Hot Spots: The inevitability of tape encryption

    by  Jon Oltsik

    In the near future, encryption technologies will closely mirror the old "death and taxes" cliché as one of those things that are inevitable. Approximately 25% of enterprises have gotten the encryption message, but the vast majority are still on the sidelines.

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