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Published: 29 Oct 2012

I recently had dinner with four friends who happen to be directors of IT operations. We talked about many aspects of IT, but when we meandered into a discussion on storage, I was surprised to learn that my friends' companies still treat storage as an appendage of a system environment. Each firm has four computing environments: mainframe (IBM zSeries), AS/400 (now the iSeries), Unix and Windows. Each operates as a storage island with its own equipment, policies, procedures and staff. And consequently, several things are true: In this scenario, the way data is protected depends on the computing platform, equipment in one area is overburdened while another lays dormant, and the four groups have unique ways of doing the same tasks. None of that is good. If you read the typical trade press and vendor rhetoric, you'd think these guys are a bunch of dinosaurs. Aren't companies now sharing storage area networks (SANs) across heterogeneous environments? Haven't many firms built common storage organizations? The answer to these questions is definitely yes, but my ... Access >>>

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