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This article is part of the Vol. 7 No. 3 May 2008 issue of How to plan for a disaster before a software upgrade
Cross-functional staffs and software can make all the difference in your data center. Today's business environment is more challenging than ever before. Market conditions are subject to rapid change, while regulatory compliance requirements continue to place more demands on IT. Within the data center, new composite apps are driving service-oriented architectures (SOAs), and Web 2.0 initiatives require unprecedented levels of sharing and accessing data--while exhibiting an unpredictable rate of data growth. What's ultimately required is a more dynamic IT infrastructure that can react to rapidly changing conditions, new requirements and massive growth, and also provide availability. In short, for IT to remain (or even become) a truly relevant strategic resource, it has to stop operating within systems that offer a "No" response when asked to provide services to the business. To accomplish this, IT and the infrastructure it controls must become "fluid" and dynamic so that the response to any question can always be "Yes." IT needs to be able to handle whatever ... Access >>>
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Tools to test your DR plan
by Robert L. Scheier
Periodically testing a disaster recovery (DR) plan is essential, but it can be a time-consuming and expensive task. New tools that check DR configurations and constantly monitor your site's readiness to recover from a disaster can cut costs and testing time, and provide a level of confidence that your DR plan will actually work when it's needed.
Big files create big backup issues
Big files and millions of files clogging storage systems can create big backup headaches. While there's no quick fix to the problem of big backups, there are many effective approaches, including adjustments to your backup process and newer technologies from backup vendors.
- Hard disk drives become more affordable
Ask the Expert: NFS vs. CIFS
What should you consider when choosing between Network File Sharing (NFS) or Common Internet File System (CIFS)?
- Our View: NetApp plays name game
- Solid-state storage nears prime time
Automate storage management
by Rich Bourdeau
IT process automation tools provide workflows that can help automate manual storage management processes. The real value is when these workflow engines are integrated with storage management apps to not only guide administrators through the process, but provide them with information to make intelligent decisions and automate some of the more basic tasks.
- Do you plan to eliminate tape from your backup process? If so, when?
- InfiniBand still a longshot for storage
- Symantec users find improved licensing
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.
- Power still not top of mind for storage pros
- DR testing not routine for all businesses
- eDiscovery By The Numbers
- A blade new world for storage
Storage Bin 2.0: Virtualization: It's not just for breakfast anymore
Storage has never received the glory for all of its virtualization efforts because the server side of the shop always seemed sexier, even though forms of storage virtualization have been around for years. But server virtualization and consolidation efforts might push storage virtualization into the limelight.
Best Practices: Storage provisioning steps to keep your infrastructure healthy
To avoid inefficiency, the storage provisioning function must be brought into balance. Users must consider changes to process, responsibility and ownership, and identify areas where newer technologies can help.
- Pivotal time for storage (Editorial)
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.
- Storage Bin 2.0: Virtualization: It's not just for breakfast anymore
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