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Think data, not equipment (Storage Bin 2.0)
This article is part of the Vol. 8 Num. 1 March 2009 issue of Storage magazine
If IT can put itself back into a position of treating every decision from the perspective of the data itself, our effectiveness could be optimized. By Steve Duplessie Recently, I had a discussion with a senior operations manager at a major European telecommunications company. We were discussing his experience with a backup consolidation effort (hundreds of remote data sites) that leveraged virtual tape library (VTL) systems with data deduplication technologies. What I learned was entirely unexpected. It seems that not only was the company able to realize the assumed and obvious benefits one would expect in this situation, but because the new process was so much more efficient, it altered the way the company fundamentally viewed all of the processes and services IT delivered to the business. There were substantial gains in far-reaching areas -- from an ability to significantly improve their IT delivery capabilities -- and across regulatory bodies and borders to security, privacy and beyond. Because of the success of what began as...
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Features in this issue
Dell's midrange arrays soar from last to first in our user service and reliability survey.
With plenty of economical disk-based backup products and cloud-based services available, remote offices can be brought back into the fold.
Everybody knows that the hottest thing in storage in 2008 was data deduplication. Don't expect it to cool off in 2009.
More firms are testing their disaster recovery (DR) plans regularly, and storage managers are more confident that their DR plans can avert a significant business disruption.
Columns in this issue
If IT can put itself back into a position of treating every decision from the perspective of the data itself, our effectiveness could be optimized.
Should you go with a software-based approach that allows for policy-based deduplication or a hardware-based approach because it can be implemented quickly and easily?
You might think your company's data is secured and safely backed up, but there's probably still a lot of crucial data that's out of the reach of your backup systems.