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Vol. 5 No. 3 May 2006

Keep end-user storage in check

To cut costs and better manage corporate data, more companies are putting quotas on the amount of storage they allocate to users. Enforcing end-user storage quotas is getting tougher as free Web e-mail accounts, such as Google's Gmail, give each user up to 2GB of free storage. This makes typical corporate disk quotas of 50MB to 100MB look paltry by comparison. However, more companies are starting to use quotas to not only reduce costs, but to get better control over where corporate data is stored. "I'm expecting people to start telling me about Google any day," says John Formet, senior system administrator at The Golf Channel, an Orlando, FL-based cable TV producer and broadcaster. The Golf Channel limits its 350 users to 100MB of personal disk space, and is wrestling with skyrocketing storage demands due to rapid company growth. "We have quadrupled our storage in the last six months," notes Formet, leading the company to migrate to a new SAN. Knology Inc., a managed service provider in West Point, GA, limits its customers to ...

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