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Published: 18 Oct 2012

There’s been plenty of technical innovation in the storage industry over the last 10 years, but in some cases, we’re still struggling with the same old problems. Happy birthday to us! Last month marked the 10th anniversary of Storage magazine, and after blowing out the candles on a virtual birthday cake, I got to thinking about how much has happened storage-wise over those 10 years. So I dug out some old issues, figuring I’d do some “remember when” reminiscing while getting a chuckle out of how primitive we were back then. I flipped the pages all the way back to May 2002 -- just the third issue of Storage -- and prepared myself for a good laugh. The first story that caught my eye had the headline “Remote Backup Services: The Road Not Taken,” and included the line “Getting remote workers to perform backups is like pulling teeth.” Ha! That’s so . . . so . . . so much like today, actually. Ten years ago storage managers were fretting over protecting data at their companies’ outlying locations. Today, there are far more technology alternatives, but the war is ... Access >>>

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      There’s been plenty of technical innovation in the storage industry over the last 10 years, but in some cases, we’re still struggling with the same old problems.

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