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Vol. 5 No. 3 May 2006

Vendors need to create products specifically for SMBs

No respect, I tell ya, no respect at all Vendors need to wake up to the fact that the small- to medium-sized market doesn't want enterprise leftovers. WHEN IT COMES to IT respect, the small- to medium-sized business (SMB) has been the low man on the totem pole. An SMB is like the nerdy kid who gets a wedgie from the big jock enterprise guy. But anyone who's repressed or ignored will eventually revolt. Remember Michael J. Fox's character in Back to the Future? He got the girl and the jock ended up as a cheesy used-car salesman remembering the glory days. The irony--at least in IT--is that vendors who control the technology and dollars today were once the people who got wedgies. They swore things would change someday and they'd put the jocks in their place. And they did. But somewhere on their road to success, they became the jocks. In the world of business IT, SMBs get the enterprise's hand-me-downs. The enterprise is the sexy place to sell because it buys leading-edge stuff for tons of money. Venture capitalists love the ...

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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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