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This article is part of the Vol. 11 Num. 7 September 2012 issue of Storage magazine
A lot of people think storage doesn’t figure into corporate strategies, but it’s the key to success for initiatives ranging from big data to desktop virtualization. If everything I've heard lately is true, being an IT storage manager must be a pretty lonely job. I’ve been told 21st century IT initiatives are tied more closely than ever to the profit and loss of the business. That makes sense; they’ve always been tied to P&L and should have been tied even more closely. But what doesn’t make sense is how the focus of attention has shifted so dramatically to the end result (the useful information and software that lets you access it) while nearly ignoring almost everything else -- like storage and all the other necessary underpinnings. That might be the fault of storage pros, at least in part. Maybe you’ve done such a good job of providing reliable, responsive storage that you and your systems are being taken for granted by business units and a good chunk of the rest of the IT gang. “Storage? Yeah, we have some of that.” I know a ...
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A lot of people think storage doesn’t figure into corporate strategies, but it’s the key to success for initiatives ranging from “big data” to desktop virtualization.
It’s almost taken for granted that “new” storage tiering regimens require tier-zero SSDs, but does that add up to a better way to tier storage or a better way to sell more storage?
What is the Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI), and what does it have to do with data storage? ESG senior analyst Terri McClure delves into the technology.
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