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This article is part of the Vol. 7 No. 9 November 2008 issue of Salaries rise, but storage jobs get tougher
Almost every vendor briefing I've had lately seems to start with some variation of this statement: "Worldwide data growth is unprecedented, and it's not stopping anytime soon." So I'm proposing a shift: Vendors, cut down on the time spent telling us about the data growth explosion. It's obvious to everyone that data is exploding, especially to the storage managers and admins who are watching it fill up disks and slow down backups. Instead, let's get down to the business of storing it intelligently. It's not enough to create a bunch of fanfare around releasing a bigger disk. Why does only one vendor (NetApp) include dedupe in its storage OS? It's a smart technology that saves a ton of time and space for businesses. The time we'll save is better spent deleting, deduplicating, compressing, virtualizing and otherwise getting this pile of information down to a manageable size. It's certainly not getting any smaller, and vendors are the ones with the resources to develop the technology that's needed. --Christine Cignoli Access >>>
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Data backups are still job No. 1--and problem No. 1--for most storage managers. In this article, backup guru W. Curtis Preston describes the five most prevalent backup system problems and explains what you can do to prevent or remedy them.
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- Hard drive prices down across the board
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Show-me state shows how to consolidate storage
Whether it's the result of a merger or just good housekeeping, at some point in time storage managers will have a storage consolidation project. The Missouri state government embarked on a major storage consolidation project that included numerous political and technical hurdles.
- Forging a long-term retention plan
Data migration tips
by Robert L. Scheier
Data moves. Or, it has to be moved when you're refreshing array technology, merging storage resources with an acquired company or shifting data around to more economical tiers. Data migration is a common task, but it's often a difficult one. We describe some technologies and tools to ease the pain of data migrations.
- What software tools do you use to manage your storage systems?
Economy down, salaries up
by Ellen O'Brien
Our sixth annual Storage Salary Survey shows storage salaries are rising overall, and climbing even higher as the number of terabytes managed increases. Experienced storage pros remain in demand but many respondents say that heavier workloads, smaller staffs, longer hours and tighter budgets are all contributing to stress and making the job of managing storage even tougher.
A turning point for storage networking: Hot Spots
by Bob Laliberte
By 2010 to 2011, most data centers should be onboard with converged networks. Will you be ready? If not, here's why you need to be.
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Outsourcing clouds the green issue: Storage Bin 2.0
If you think shipping everything offsite is the best way to go green, you should think again.
It's time to pay attention to storage power use: Best Practices
by James Damoulakis
Power and cooling isn't just a problem for the data center. According to Gartner Inc., storage managers place power consumption in a three-way tie for last place in terms of their concerns, a clear example of organizational misalignment.
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