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Vol. 5 No. 2 April 2006

Exchange protection goes real-time

MICROSOFT EXCHANGE administrators are finding that the traditional approach to protecting Microsoft Exchange servers-- clustering and nightly backups--simply doesn't cut the mustard. Dan Horton is a systems administrator at Information Manufacturing Corp. (IMC), a government contractor in Rocket Center, WV, that performs electronic document processing. His Exchange server crashed once, and he worked into the night repairing the storage groups before being able to apply incremental backup tapes. "We were down for a good 10 to 12 hours," he recalls. Eager to avoid a repeat scenario, IMC set out to find a way to recover to a more recent point in time than the previous night's incremental backup. The firm chose Storactive's LiveServ for Exchange "because it was the only solution that gave you an up-to-the-minute restore time," says Horton. Storactive was acquired last month by Atempo, whose flagship product is the Time Navigator backup software suite. The acquisition reflects VP of global marketing Steve Terlizzi's opinion that, ...

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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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