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This article is part of the Vol. 7 No. 1 March 2008 issue of Multiprotocol arrays provide NAS and SAN in a single box
Question of the Month: What's the best storage budget money you've ever spent? "Hiring a great storage professional cheap!" Bill Bald, Wake Forest, NC "The best money we have spent was on our IBM modular tape libraries." Jon Holmes, systems administrator, RedCats USA "We [members of the Encompass HP user group] worked out a SAN design over a drink at a conference. Most of that 'napkin' design was installed at multiple sites, giving us a central tape backup for all servers." Steve Davidek, systems administrator, City of Sparks, NV "Data Domain for backup to disk." David Dulek, storage administration lead, Fastenal Company "The best budget money spent would have to be our first Hitachi SAN. Next would have to be our second Hitachi SAN." Ken Gehring, CGI, Edmonton, Alberta Access >>>
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Vendors retool SRM apps
by Bob Laliberte
The definition of what constitutes storage resource management (SRM) depends on who you ask and what they're selling. A recent study by the Enterprise Strategy Group queried respondents on the SRM features they use most often, their most desired features and if they would purchase an SRM product without a particular feature.
- Survey: Season of the switch
- Clustered storage nears critical mass
- New life for CDP
- Our view: A task force for pack rats
Quality Awards III: IBM and Sun shine among tape libraries
Despite their mechanical components, the reliability of tape libraries ranks high among respondents to our Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Awards. This year, IBM takes top honors in the enterprise category, while Sun reigns supreme among midrange products.
Arrays score with both file and block storage
Multiprotocol arrays that support block- and file-based storage through a single controller give users the best of both worlds: NAS for file-based information, and Fibre Channel or ISCSI block-based storage for databases and other transactional apps.
Ask the Expert:RAID rebuilds
I run four 400GB SATA drives configured with RAID 5. I want to replace them with four 750GB drives. Can I rebuild and then swap individual drives?
- Vendors retool SRM apps by Bob Laliberte
- Lessons learned from a laptop crash
- 1TB SATA drives get cheaper
- More Storage 3.0 predictions
- Trend toward centralizing remote backups slows
- Virtualized servers boost iSCSI adoption
- What's the best storage budget money you ever spent?
Case study: NY Mets add deduplication to roster
With an extensive lineup of corporate data, photos and video, the Mets needed to recruit some backup help. The call went out for low-cost disk backup configuration, including deduplication and compression to reduce the amount of data to be backed up, as well as WAN optimization/acceleration to speed up the replication process. After much consideration, Data Domain was drafted for the job.
- Blue in the face about green: Editorial
Storage Bin 2.0: A perfect time to return
Infrastructure 3.0 has lured Steve Duplessie out of "retirement." Read his thoughts about the third era of data and how all of this "brand-spanking-new stuff" will affect the market.
Hot Spots: Tap virtual servers, storage for all they're worth
by Bob Laliberte
To keep pace with changes in the server and storage domains, organizations need to ensure that the I/O path doesn't become a bottleneck. Automated patch panels, N_Port ID Virtualization, Fibre Channel over Ethernet and InfiniBand are just some of the technologies that might resolve this issue.
Best Practices: Foolproof DR is still a moving target
by James Damoulakis
Do you want to establish more predictable disaster recovery? We've outlined eight necessary elements that will help you coordinate and synchronize the various parts of your environment so they function together.
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