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Vol. 9 Num. 3 May 2010

Content chaos

The world of file content and NAS storage is disjointed and threatening; we need to unravel the problem of massive files stores before the issue gets too big to handle. Let's face it: The big problem with file content is users. People create, copy, convert, forward, edit, scan and download files all day long. It's the Wild West of storage without many controls or restrictions. I remember one customer who discovered they had 125 copies of a scanned Chinese menu on their tier 1 storage system. Wild . . . Look inside any company and consider the hundreds, thousands or tens of thousands of individuals creating -- and recreating -- content, and it's not hard to see how easily file sprawl becomes a pervasive and very big problem. More and more companies have hundreds of terabytes or even petabytes of file storage. In many cases, storage managers have no idea how much file content they have, the value of that content, how much it's costing them, where it's being stored or how it's being protected. We're not only creating tons of files,...

Features in this issue

  • Storage managers can reach for their wallets again

    The outlook for data storage managers in 2010 is a little brighter according to our Storage Purchasing Intentions survey. Find out what technologies respondents are looking at.

  • Hard disk drive technology trends

    Solid state is emerging as a viable enterprise storage alternative, but there's lots of life left in hard disk drives, with higher capacity, greener and more capable drives coming.

  • Alternatives to RAID

    RAID has been around for a long time and done a good job of protecting data. But high-capacity drives and new performance demands have spurred development of RAID alternatives.

  • Storage tiering getting more automated

    In our survey, 50% of respondents use a tiered system in their storage shops, about the same as last year. But more automated methods are being used to move data from tier to tier.

Columns in this issue

  • Taking control of storage operational costs in 2010

    by  Terri McClure

    The deep freeze in IT spending is starting to thaw and IT organizations are shifting from cost-reduction mode to cost containment.

  • Content chaos

    by  Tony Asaro

    The world of file content and NAS storage is disjointed and fraught with error; we need to unravel the problem of massive file stores before the issue gets too big to handle.

  • The business of storage

    A storage vendor may have a great technology, but the bottom line is how fit it is for survival in the marketplace. So put down that spec sheet and pick up the business section.

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