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Published: 20 Oct 2012

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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    • 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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