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Vol. 6 No. 10 December 2007

What does your CEO want from storage?

Ask storage managers and their managers what users--from the CEO to the sales associates and summer interns--expect from their company's storage expenditures, and you'll get some obvious replies. "For us, it is a simple answer: Our business wants to keep everything forever and they want us to retrieve it in two seconds, but they can't understand why we have to keep buying more storage," explains Barry Brunetto, VP of IS at Blount International, an industrial and power equipment company in Portland, OR. Brunetto is exaggerating, but in a way that every storage pro can relate to. Dan Grosz, VP of IS at VIP Parts, Tires & Service in Lewiston, ME, sums up his firm's common business requests: "All the technical aspects are abstracted away and it simply comes down to cost and reliability [speed and downtime]." Earlier this year, Grosz headed his company's efforts to find an iSCSI-based unit as its enterprise storage solution. When vendor shopping, Grosz compiled a list of criteria his business colleagues weren't really concerned with ...

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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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