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Vol. 6 No. 9 November 2007

Hot Spots: Web 2.0 storage: Challenges and choices

Storage managers need to anticipate the demands of Web 2.0 applications as they take their place in enterprise environments. If you need evidence that Web 2.0 has gained widespread acceptance, look no further than eBay, Facebook and YouTube. These successful business models frame how we typically think of Web 2.0. They're highly collaborative, interactive and strive to reach a broad audience with mostly user-generated content. These days, Web 2.0 isn't limited to twenty-somethings building an application in the basement; traditional brick-and-mortar organizations should also consider this new way of doing business. At the enterprise level, internal applications like instant messaging, Microsoft SharePoint and wikis all enable improved communication and information sharing. In many cases this extends to trusted partners and suppliers. Now consider the amount of storage this content (RSS feeds, wikis, blogs and more) creates, as nearly all Web 2.0 models require storage on some level. Web 2.0 tools and strategies hold many ...

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Features in this issue

  • Survey Says: Still coping with capacity

  • Solid-state storage finds its niche

    by  Alan Radding

    Storage managers facing critical storage performance problems and needing maximum IOPS have found a feasible option in solid-state disk. Solid-state storage is fast, cool and it barely sips power, but it's still far more expensive than traditional media.

  • Where encryption fits best

    by  Jerome Wendt

    Everybody knows they should encrypt tapes that go offsite, but many are still on the fence about where encryption should occur in their storage environments. There are a number of options, ranging from using your backup app's encryption capabilities to installing a purpose-built encryption appliance. We weigh the pros and cons of the available alternatives so that you can decide which approach best suits your shop.

Columns in this issue

  • Editorial: Web services for storage? It's already happening

    Web services for storage? It's already happening

  • Hot Spots: Web 2.0 storage: Challenges and choices

    by  Bob Laliberte

    Web 2.0 tools and strategies hold many potential benefits for businesses that deploy them, but their requirements for rapidly scalable storage and access, as well as persistent data, pose significant challenges for the IT staffs that need to build and manage the infrastructure.

  • Best Practices: Tackling data migration

    Data center projects often involve migrating data, which is frequently a painful process that can lead to unplanned downtime and outages. It's time to adopt consistent, repeatable migration practices. Selecting the right approach is highly dependent on infrastructure limitations, data and platform types, time constraints and staff capabilities.

  • Storage Bin 2.0: Virtually changing everything

    Server virtualization drives storage growth and dramatically drives the proliferation of storage networking. This is enabling the re-invention of how we manage, protect, store and access information.