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This article is part of the Vol. 6 No. 10 December 2007 issue of Hot storage technology for 2008
You can achieve considerable cost savings if different tiers of storage are parceled out to business units on a pay-for-use basis. Running storage as a centralized service has been touted as a good way to reduce costs, simplify storage administration and aid in compliance, but most companies are still far from parceling out storage to different business units in the way an electric company delivers electricity to homes. Going from a distributed to a centralized storage infrastructure, which is needed to dispense different levels of storage services throughout the company, typically entails a multiyear effort that requires overcoming people, process and technological issues. Not all CIOs and IT managers are ready for such a radical change and, in some cases, it takes a revamp of the entire IT organization to make it happen. There's little doubt about the merits of centralized storage services from an enterprise perspective. However, the goals and activities of business units and departments will almost always be viewed as a higher priority than a corporate ... Access >>>
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Run storage as a utility
Converting from a traditional decentralized IT and storage infrastructure to running IT services and storage like a utility isn't a trivial task; it requires a big shift for both business units and IT. But mandates to lower costs and meet compliance requirements will undoubtedly result in an increasing number of organizations opting for centralized storage models with tiered storage offerings.
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VTL data management issues
As disk libraries become the primary backup target for near-term data recoveries, storage managers are exploring new ways to exploit tape's high capacity, low cost and mobility. Disk is the best medium for fast backups and recoveries, and many companies have turned to virtual tape libraries as a way to put disk in their backup process. On the surface, it may seem easy to implement a VTL, but there are many subtle operational issues that must be dealt with to ensure that your data can be recovered quickly when needed.
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Hot technologies for 2008
Each year, Storage magazine's editors pore through product introductions, study technology developments and ask users about their plans for the coming year to create a short list of must-have technologies for 2008. We think LTO-4, N_Port ID Virtualization, deduplication, ediscovery and green storage can't be ignored, and are likely to impact your storage shop next year.
Green, greener and greenest
Green, greener and greenest
Hot Spots: The case for unified data management platforms
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A unified data management and recovery platform can improve performance, decrease complexity and costs, and make all copies of data more useful and accessible for electronic discovery purposes
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Virtualization can be a tricky technology for storage managers who need to apply traditional standards while navigating new obstacles. But it's prudent to embrace it now so the storage team can enjoy the same benefits that the systems and applications teams have realized.
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