Issue OverviewStorage magazine - June 2013 Vol. 12 No. 4
Data archiving technology moves inactive data from primary storage to more suitable media. It may be used for compliance, governance or storage efficiency. By moving data to less-expensive media, an archiving strategy can help avoid new capacity purchases and reduce the amount of management required. Archiving is a mature technology with specialized products for various apps.
Converged systems -- preconfigured bundles of storage, server and networking resources -- are popular as they can be deployed quickly and easily. Some vendors can tap their own product lines to assemble converged systems, while storage vendors partner with server and networking vendors.
Finally, our Quality Awards program collects user responses related to the service and reliability of storage products. We review the results of the eighth Quality Awards survey for enterprise and midrange backup and recovery software. Access >>>
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Archiving technology boosts storage efficiency
by Phil Goodwin
A core best practice for effective storage management is archiving technology that frees up storage resources, improves performance and protects data that must be retained.
Backup applications get record-breaking Quality Awards results
by Rich Castagna
CommVault returns to the top spot among enterprise backup applications, while Dell AppAssure prevails over seven midrange finalists.
- Archiving technology boosts storage efficiency by Phil Goodwin
Converged systems offer turnkey storage and server bundles
by Jacob Gsoedl
Storage vendors are packaging their products with servers and networking gear to create ready-to-run converged systems. Could this be the end of best-of-breed deployments?
Backup data deduplication users report big capacity reductions
by Rich Castagna
Fifty-seven percent of our survey respondents say they're implementing backup data deduplication using a variety of means. And they're seeing an average data reduction of 27:1.
- Converged systems offer turnkey storage and server bundles by Jacob Gsoedl
Wanted: Storage professionals
by Rich Castagna
All this talk about storage being a commodity might make storage professionals feel inferior. But if you look at storage pay, those gloom-and-doom prophecies just don't add up.
Can data storage equipment pass the Yoga Pants Test?
by Jon William Toigo
What criteria are you basing your data storage equipment purchases on: a prestigious label or real-world requirements?
Mobile device backup might be impossible
by Jason Buffington
Doing a selective mobile device backup that separates work data and personal data can't be done, but perhaps not for the reasons you think.
Flash deployment: Look before you leap
by Jeff Boles
The solid-state storage market is still a work in progress. A prudent approach will ensure that a flash deployment fits well with an overall storage strategy.
- Wanted: Storage professionals by Rich Castagna
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