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This article is part of the Vol. 5 No. 3 May 2006 issue of How to distance your data from disaster
DR planning isn't for the faint of heart TAKE THE STRESS induced by managing daily backup operations and crank it up a few turns. If that kind of angst is uneasily familiar, you're probably working on your company's disaster recovery (DR) plan. And if you're responsible for the DR plan, you're undoubtedly discovering new frontiers of anxiety. Like it or not, DR planning is a fact of life for storage managers. Too much has happened in the past few years for any company to have an "it couldn't happen to us" attitude. Playing the odds is just too big a gamble—few companies could withstand being out of touch with their data for a very long time. While there are significant differences between backup and DR, having a firm grasp on the former can give you a leg up on crafting a strategy to deal with the massive outages that could occur during a disaster. Many of the techniques used to safeguard data on a daily basis come into play, but there's still far more to be done. DR requires the participation of all IT factions, as well as business units, senior management,... Access >>>
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Creating storage tiers for backup services
Tiered storage is a familiar concept, but the idea of data backup service tiers is relatively new. By matching backup services to the value of data, storage shops can improve overall backup performance and create a more cost-effective data protection environment.
Keep end-user storage in check
With free e-mail services offering up to 2GB of storage, it's tough to convince corporate e-mail users that mailbox limits are needed. But companies are realizing that user storage quotas are a necessary evil.
Single-pane storage management
Managing a heterogeneous storage environment means juggling a hodgepodge of vendor-specific tools. Some vendors are working toward a consolidated management console, but standards are needed for single-pane storage management to become a reality.
New tape formats are bigger, faster & safer
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Data classification is end users' job
by Alex Barrett, Trends Editor, Storage
Without a proper data classification scheme, ILM is putting the cart before the horse, and some shops are pushing the job of classifying files down to users.
- Cisco's monster director pushes port envelope
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Quality Awards: Top NAS products
In the latest Diogenes Labs-Storage Quality Awards survey, users chose enterprise and midrange NAS winners from more than 20 product lines. A NAS mainstay and a relative newcomer to the category took the top honors.
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Vendor support falls short
A recent survey from TheInfoPro shows that storage vendors' support of their products is still a sore point among users. The good news is that some vendors are finally paying attention.
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Vendors need to create products specifically for SMBs
Storage Bin: All too often, storage vendors treat small- to medium-sized businesses as second-class citizens. SMBs have the same needs as enterprises, so rather than giving them hand-me-downs, vendors need to create products specifically for this group. Vendors just might find that those products have the features that enterprises want, too.
Data storage security trends
by Jon Oltsik
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