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Vol. 5 No. 2 April 2006

Deploying Intelligent Information Management applications

Turn data into intelligent information To manage stored data effectively, you need to understand its content so you know how to handle it and where to put it. MOST COMPANIES BLINDLY manage their databases, files and e-mails. Applications create the data and it's saved on storage devices. The data is later copied or moved for business-continuity or data protection purposes. While this worked in the past, new business requirements such as record-retention regulations and increasingly frequent e-discovery activities have forced organizations to rethink data management. IT departments are also struggling with growing capacity requirements and trying to cope with the constant flow of new requirements that stress their capital and operating budgets. Organizations must improve their understanding of data and then use that understanding for more efficient and effective data management. New technology solutions that leverage the context of data--the attributes and index that describe the data--can help organizations turn data into ...

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Features in this issue

  • Fine-tune storage networks

    How key SAN components, principally host bus adapters and switches, are configured will determine overall SAN performance. If you know what to look for and how to make adjustments, performance issues can be greatly reduced.

  • Voice apps can strain storage

    Digital voice recordings are creeping up on storage like e-mail did a decade or so ago, but they're roughly 1,000 times larger per element. Here's how to prevent them from overwhelming your data center.

  • iSCSI moves up the ranks

  • New life for InfiniBand

    InfiniBand storage is finally emerging, but despite its cost, speed and scalability advantages over Fibre Channel, acceptance has been slow in enterprise data centers. But clustered, high-performance computing and demanding applications have helped renew interest in InfiniBand-based storage networks.

  • New DLT drive tops a terabyte

  • Finding Data

    Archiving applications are increasingly being used to minimize online data stores and to meet compliance requirements. Most of those archivers include search features, but the capabilities vary widely. Understanding how these search tools work will help you find the best fit for your company.

Columns in this issue

  • The winners of Storage magazine's Products of the Year were surprising

    Storage Bin: The winners of Storage magazine's Products of the Year were surprising, as so few of them were big-name storage vendors. Here's Steve Duplessie's take on the subject.

  • Deploying Intelligent Information Management applications

    By deploying Intelligent Information Management applications, organizations can improve resource management by eliminating the storage of duplicate data, reduce risk by quickly responding to discovery requests, comply with record-retention and privacy regulations, and restore the right data faster.

  • Misplaced priorities

    by  Stephen Foskett

    In this age of compliance and despite well-publicized cases of data theft, a recent security survey from GlassHouse Technologies indicates that few companies are paying much attention to storage security.

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