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Vol. 5 No. 3 May 2006

Single-pane storage management

A single console to manage heterogeneous storage is the Holy Grail of storage management for many users, but not all vendors share this vision. It's not news that SANs have quickly grown in size, complexity and heterogeneity, and that they've become increasingly difficult to manage. A SAN serving a company with more than 10,000 employees has an average of 317 storage devices, according to IDC. Managing a large SAN from a single pane of glass--one consolidated console--would be a godsend. Although the prospect of consolidated management isn't likely to become a reality soon, the challenges of supporting heterogeneous storage include the following: A rapidly expanding, immature industry with many competing technologies The rise of iSCSI and the emergence of new storage protocols and disk technologies Various approaches for storage file systems and storage virtualization But there's reason to hope. From emerging storage management standards to the consolidation of storage management tools, the storage industry is slowly--albeit ...

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Features in this issue

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Windows NAS gets gussied up

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • New tape formats are bigger, faster & safer

    Tape capacities and data transfer rates are growing, but before you get hooked on the speeds and feeds, there are several key points worth considering.

Columns in this issue

  • Disaster Recovery Extra: Editorial

  • ILM isn't just tiered storage

    by  James Damoulakis

    Storage tiers are the first step toward true information lifecycle management. But they're only a small step—the key to ILM success is aligning your data with its business value.

  • 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.

  • Storage tears

    Storage tears

  • Data storage security trends

    by  Jon Oltsik

    2005 was a big year for storage security, with major vendors doing more than just paying lip service. Vendors are beginning to integrate security into new products or add encryption capabilities. But there's a lot more to do in 2006 to build a secure storage infrastructure.

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