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Published: 20 Oct 2012

DAS may seem less complicated than networked storage, but a SAN makes it far easier to protect data from multiple applications. Consolidated networked storage isn't just for Global 2000 corporations anymore. Today, more companies with small IT staffs and relatively small budgets are building SANs for their most demanding applications, including data protection. Until recently, SANs were deployed mostly by large companies that had the storage skills to handle a host of challenges, including hardware incompatibilities and complex SAN settings. However, the SAN landscape has changed significantly within the last few years with the introduction of simpler storage arrays based on the iSCSI protocol, as well as initiatives like Microsoft's Simple SAN that have lowered many of the traditional barriers to deploying and maintaining a SAN. The primary motivation for building a SAN was to meet a pressing need for performance, scalability or both. But today's new SAN buyers are looking for more than performance and scalability; they're interested in using snapshots of ... Access >>>

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    • Storage Bin: Who ate the backup?

      It's astounding that in this age of technological advancements we still talk about things like backup, let alone agonize over it.

    • Best Practices: Sorting out remote-office backup

      Remote-office data has always been something of a corporate orphan when it came to backup. Once upon a time, "out of sight, out of mind" might have worked, but times have changed. Regulatory compliance, legal liability issues and the cost of producing data for ediscovery make it clear remote data can no longer be ignored.

    • Hot Spots: VMware opens door for next-gen backup apps by Lauren Whitehouse

      Virtualizing servers is becoming standard operating procedure in large and small companies. VMware and similar platforms are transforming data center management through server consolidation and business continuity improvements, but they're "breaking" a few things along the way, including data protection strategies.

    • Storage Bin: Shining the green spotlight on storage

      There's been a lot of hubbub lately about the greening of IT, and it's only going to get worse. Unlike most buzz/noise fronts that come and go, this one didn't start in the marketing department.

    • Editorial: Scramble that data!

    • Best Practices: Pull the plug on high energy costs by Dianne McAdam, Data Mobility Group

      Spiraling energy costs are taking an increasingly big chunk of the data center budget. Data centers are grappling with rising electrical bills and, in some locations, limitations on the amount of available power are forcing IT anagers to rethink their basic processes.

    • Hot Spots: Managing storage in a virtual server world

      Server virtualization is the big data center story, and storage managers need to design their storage systems to take advantage of a virtualized server environment. There are steps you can take now to ensure that your storage systems are up to the task.

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