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Vol. 5 No. 3 May 2006

Storage tears

AT LAST MONTH'S Storage Networking World conference in San Diego, a storage vendor told me an interesting story. It seems that one of this vendor's customers--a large and very recognizable outfit--was apparently a tad overzealous in its pursuit of a tiered storage environment and ended up with eight tiers of storage. Now, I'm sure some storage guru in that company burned the midnight oil developing a sound justification for creating so many tiers--just the level of detail required to even think about such a complex storage environment is mind-boggling. Defining that many levels of storage and the associated data classifications is no mean trick. To then match them to storage costs and acceptable levels of risk starts to push the storage planning envelope. Whoever put that plan together deserves a tip of the hat. And condolences, too, it seems. Because along with all those tiers of storage came the nightmarish task of actually making it work. And it didn't. Each new tier of storage means there's a potentially new set of tools to ...

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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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