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Published: 18 Oct 2012

With hard disk drive (HDD) prices rising and some models tough to find, there are steps to take to reduce your dependence on hard drives while gaining other benefits along the way. The recent shortage of hard disk drives (HDDs) due to the floods in Thailand has many information technology (IT) people and vendors worried: Should they just pay the higher prices to get the drives they need, or turn to alternatives such as solid-state drives (SSDs)? Necessity being the mother of invention, I believe this is a great opportunity for IT to step back, take a holistic look and perhaps solve several problems at once. Of course, some needs can’t wait, so paying heavy premiums may be your only recourse. But if your needs aren’t that urgent, consider the following: Optimize and archive. Are you currently using primary storage capacity optimization tools that help you move data from primary storage to an archive platform such as tape or secondary disk? Effective archiving can ease the burden on your primary disk and help defer new HDD purchases. As an added bonus, ... Access >>>

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    • Integrated cloud backup by Lauren Whitehouse

      One of the most expedient ways to realize the economic benefits of cloud storage is to integrate your current backup or DR operations with a cloud backup service.

    • Managing storage for virtual servers by Chris Evans

      It can still be a struggle at times, but managing storage in virtual server environments is better understood today, with tighter integration and more effective management tools.

    • Companies still rely on good ol’ NAS by Rich Castagna

      Traditional network-attached storage (NAS) is still the go-to for 81% of respondents in our new survey. And they want more: 51% will add an average of 10 new NAS boxes in 2012.

    • Storage for big data by Eric Slack

      Big data analytics will place new burdens on data storage systems. Here are some of the key features those systems will need to meet the challenges of big data.

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    • A decade of progress; or are we standing still? by Rich Castagna

      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.

    • A drive dies . . . when will another one come? by Jon William Toigo

      The impact of the flooding in Thailand on the disk drive supply chain was certainly real, but it looks like disk makers are spinning tales about shortages to justify price hikes.

    • Lots of choices for cloud backup by Jason Buffington

      The oldest cloud storage services have matured into a variety of data protection offerings that can meet the needs of most enterprises. But there are key points to keep in mind.

    • Turn the HDD shortage into a strategic opportunity by Arun Taneja

      With hard disk drive (HDD) prices rising and some models tough to find, there are steps to take to reduce your dependence on hard drives while gaining other benefits along the way.

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