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Published: 22 Oct 2012

Network consolidation is just one of the technologies forcing storage pros to build stronger IT teams. BACK IN THE early days of computing, there were do-it-all IT teams to manage your system, network and storage. Then technologies became more complex, and it was more efficient to create silos for network, storage and systems administration. The storage admin role that we know today was born out of the need to manage storage as an independent entity--online and offline, including backup and recovery. The same could be argued for network administrators who were tasked with managing these new environments, making networks secure while connecting them to the powerful and potentially dangerous Internet. Systems admins were left to manage the rest. Recent advances in the technology landscape, however, may signal that history is repeating itself. Recent acquisitions by Cisco Systems illustrate this point. Remember when Cisco was known as a leading network solutions provider? Now the company is an industry front-runner in Fibre Channel (FC) and IP SAN in large part... Access >>>

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      There are plenty of good reasons to opt for backup storage as a service, but there are also plenty of questions you should ask before green lighting any move to online backup.

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    • Best Practices: Why you can't go it alone by Ashish Nadkarni

      Most IT departments are split into islands of expertise, like storage, servers and networks. But the time is coming when those disparate groups will have to learn to work together. Network consolidation is just one of the technologies forcing storage pros to build stronger interdisciplinary IT teams.

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