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Vol. 7 No. 3 May 2008

Best Practices: Storage provisioning steps to keep your infrastructure healthy

You can conquer IT infrastructure challenges by rethinking ownership and functional processes. A while back I wrote about the change beginning to take place within the IT infrastructure: the transition from independent silos to an interdependent supply-chain model. The supply-chain concept is a component of a number of infrastructure restructuring approaches, among them the service provider model, the service-oriented infrastructure and the real-time infrastructure. While each approach may emphasize different needs, the goal is the same: an IT infrastructure that's responsive to business needs and has improved agility, flexibility, quality and efficiency. Yet these lofty objectives need to be tempered with a dose of practicality. However, a current of change is propelling us away from business-as-usual systems. Server virtualization and related technologies are causing organizations to reconsider not only IT infrastructure design and architecture, but the lines of demarcation between functional responsibilities and new/updated ...

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Features in this issue

  • Hard disk drives become more affordable

  • Legal toolkit for storage systems

    Storage managers may be reluctant to admit it, but they and the storage systems they manage are key players in most companies' compliance and legal readiness procedures. While ediscovery is the current buzzword, there's currently no all-encompassing ediscovery tool on the market. But you can assemble an effective toolkit with some of the point products that are available now.

  • Ask the Expert: NFS vs. CIFS

    What should you consider when choosing between Network File Sharing (NFS) or Common Internet File System (CIFS)?

Columns in this issue

  • Hot Spots: Just say 'Yes' to a new IT strategy

    by  Bob Laliberte

    Software will increasingly transcend the self-imposed technology barriers that have evolved in larger data center environments. The ability to create policy-based programs that not only automate processes, but empower others to help themselves, will dramatically improve efficiency.

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