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Vol. 6 No. 10 December 2007

Run storage as a utility

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 ...

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Features in this issue

  • Talking up server virtualization, security at SNW

  • 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.

  • Snapshot: Will you adopt LTO-4?

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