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This article is part of the Vol. 5 No. 6 August 2006 issue of Five companies on their storage virtualization projects
While there's plenty of interest in storage virtualization, companies have delayed implementation for a variety of reasons. Here's how five companies took the virtualization plunge--with winning results. Virtualization is the big buzz these days. Virtual servers are commonplace, and the "V" litany continues with virtual LANs, virtual SANs, virtual tape libraries and so on. Storage managers are clearly interested in virtualizing their storage systems, but while the technologies to do so have been around for a few years, companies are only now beginning to reshape their storage environments using virtualization. We talked with storage professionals from five companies that have deployed, or are currently testing, storage virtualization to learn about their implementation experiences and how well the products are working in their production environments. The companies are using four different virtualization products: IBM Corp.'s SAN Volume Controller (SVC), StoreAge Ltd.'s Storage Virtualization Manager (SVM), Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) Corp.'s TagmaStore ... Access >>>
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Virtualization: Tales from the trenches
We profile five companies that have deployed, or are currently testing, storage virtualization and analyze their implementation experiences. The storage pros behind these efforts tell us how the products they chose are working in their production environments.
A step-by-step approach to data classification
The most common shortcoming of a data classification project is the perception that it can be completed through technical analysis at the storage layer without engaging business users. While discovering and analyzing storage is part of the process, good classification requires engaging business users or their IT representatives.
Choosing the right VTL
Disk is increasingly a key part of the backup process, and many companies are taking the virtual tape library (VTL) route to disk-based backup. But all VTLs aren't the same. Find out the key differences among VTL products, and how they might work in your shop.
Automate data recovery
Policy-based storage management can automate the data recovery process. But you need to know what types of policies various products support, where the policy manager resides and what it's capable of doing.
Data migration: Proceed with caution
This first of a three-part series on data migration products focuses on host-level data migration products. Data migration apps can automate, centralize and simplify data migrations while ensuring data integrity.
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Special Supplement: 10 ways to trim storage costs
Despite tight budgets, the demand for storage continues to grow. Here are some tips to cut some of the fat out of your storage systems and save a few dollars in the process.
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- Large shops tackling chargeback
- Survey Says: Archiving concerns on the rise
- NetApp spins out Ontap GX
- Rising power prices inspire energy-efficient storage
Getting started with database archiving
E-mail archiving gets a lot of the attention these days, but databases shouldn't be overlooked. Database administrators end up managing old and unchanging data within their production databases, so backups are constantly protecting data that hasn't changed.
Standards efforts undermined
Standards efforts undermined
More than 50% of the time electronic discovery requests aren't satisfied.
Storage Bin: In the last year, 91% of large corporations have been through an electronic discovery request. Thirty-three percent of these companies go through one or more requests per month, while 66% of midmarket companies have the same issue. And more than 50% of the time, the requests aren't satisfied.
How to count the cost of storage
by Stephen Foskett
The cost of each gigabyte of storage is declining rapidly in every segment of the market. Enterprise storage today costs what desktop storage did less than a decade ago. So why are overall costs increasing?
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