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Vol. 9 Num. 5 July/August 2010

The new primary storage

A technology borrowed from backup may end up the biggest thing to happen to storage in a long time. When the Beatles sang "You say want a revolution" back in 1968, you can be sure they weren't singing about data storage. Changes to storage technologies happen so slowly that it's sometimes hard to recognize them even while they're happening. It's more like evolution, and at a Darwinian pace at that. Storage can be a real snoozer sometimes, so a couple of current developments are notable not only for the changes they're likely to bring, but for the pace of that change. Maybe "revolution" is too strong a word, but sleepy old storage is about to get quite a shakeup. Solid-state storage clearly ranks as a game-changer that will undoubtedly alter the face of storage. But that story's going to take a little more time to develop. Data deduplication, on the other hand, is poised to rattle some cages right now. Data deduplication is all the rage for backup. The level of interest in backup dedupe has been pinning the popularity meter for a...

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  • Align data protection with business importance

    There's a big difference between backup and business continuity. Any-point-in-time technologies can extend data protection so that application use is protected as well.

  • The new primary storage

    A technology borrowed from backup may end up the biggest thing to happen to storage in a long time.

  • Cloud storage ecosystems mature

    by  Terri McClure

    Vendors have emerged that provide a bridge to cloud storage services, as well as extended security, availability and portability to cloud storage service provider offerings.

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