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Vol. 7 No. 6 August 2008

Breaking news: Excel not top storage management tool

The use of Excel spreadsheets for storage management has become an urban legend in storage circles, but for most of the respondents to our recent survey, it's more myth than fact. Of the 82% who employ some kind of software to manage their storage, a mere 27% stand by their spreadsheets. Nearly half rely on the software bundled with their storage arrays and networking equipment, while 32% use programs that provide specific management tools (respondents could choose more than one type of software). When asked what functionality they require of their management tools, the top choice was operational monitoring (39%). Although management tools are a necessity for most respondents, they don't get glowing reviews. A paltry 12% say their storage management software completely meets their needs. Nearly half state the tools help but they still have many manual processes; only 38% say the tools are "effective enough." --Christine Cignoli

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Features in this issue

  • Lights, camera, storage!

    by  Deni Connor

    The digital media business and corporate multimedia departments are looking at increasing terabytes and even petabytes of information generated in the creation, editing, archiving and distribution of digital content. In addition, the move to high-definition television and higher resolution camera work will tax storage boundaries.

  • Quality Awards IV: It's a tie--EMC and NetApp share enterprise array honors

    In the four years we've conducted our Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Award for enterprise arrays, we've never had co-winners ... until now. EMC Corp. rode to the top on very strong scores in the product features and reliability sections, while co-winner NetApp was a model of consistency.

  • Reliability questions plague solid state

Columns in this issue

  • Storage Bin 2.0: The life and death of information

    We sometimes complicate our processes to create a perception of increased value. Forget information lifecycle management and tiered storage; concentrate on the four simple stages of life for any kind of information.

  • Get your iSCSI game on: Best Practices

    by  Ashish Nadkarni

    iSCSI is a mature protocol for accessing storage and a solid alternative to Fibre Channel. Technologies such as blade servers and server virtualization benefit from iSCSI as it lets you minimize the number of connections required. And because everything is IP-based, there's no more need to waste slots for host bus adapters, which simplifies your configuration.

  • The big pipe: Editorial

  • Backup gets a boost: Hot Spots

    by  Lauren Whitehouse

    Snapshots, continuous data protection and deduplication are making their way into traditional backup products. By capturing, transferring and storing less data in the backup process, organizations can back up more data to disk--retaining data on disk for longer periods of time or enabling disk-to-disk backup for more sets of data than before.

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