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Vol. 7 No. 6 August 2008

The big pipe: Editorial

The IT industry can be like an accordion, playing v-e-r-y s-l-o-w–l-y. After eight or 10 years of gradual expansion, there's a period of consolidation that seems to take nearly as long. I'm not sure what the IT accordion sounds like, but I think vendors must hear sweet music as we purchase new technologies and squeeze out old ones. A few decades ago, IT was strictly centralized. Big iron was the name of the game, and the centerpieces of corporate data centers were massive mainframes hooked into dedicated disk and tape systems. If you wanted to do anything computer related, you got on the waiting list to claim a slice of mainframe time. That didn't work all that well, especially when PCs popped up and people realized that instead of queuing up for the mainframe they might be able to get some work done. Feeling threatened, IT declared the mainframe dead and set about building distributed computing environments with networks of shared storage. Fast forward to today. Consolidation is in, and silos or islands (whatever you want to ...

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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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