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Vol. 5 No. 9 November 2006

How to better connect storage to the business

How to better connect storage to the business Storage managers can learn how to streamline processes by emulating manufacturing process efficiencies. Not too long ago, I toured BMW's impressive manufacturing facility in Spartanburg, SC. For each built-to-order car, subassemblies travel separate lines where assorted components are installed. Country-specific features and various customer-requested options intermingle on these lines and, despite all the diversity, the subassemblies create the finished vehicle in a nearly flawless manner. Manufacturers have made substantial investments to perfect their assembly, quality control and assurance processes. They've also incorporated efficiency methodologies such as just-in-time delivery. The BMW factory stocks remarkably little inventory, and suppliers are required to supply components within days or even hours. At the core of the modern manufacturing process is the concept of the business supply chain. Each link adds value, with an interdependency among the functions that lets the ...

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Features in this issue

  • Rough going for Exchange replication

    by  Trina MacDonald, Trends associate editor

    Replicating databases for disaster recovery isn't easy, and Microsoft Exchange is no exception.

  • New frameworks give users more choices

  • Automate data migration

    Moving seldom-accessed data from primary storage to less-costly storage not only saves money, but can also improve the performance of applications. Hierarchical storage management (HSM) software can help automate the migration of files, but HSM products vary in the way they approach the task. So it's important to identify the requirements of an HSM product before making a choice.

Columns in this issue

  • Tape encryption strategies

    by  Jon Oltsik

    Companies need to take a more strategic approach to tape encryption by building a services-based architecture that can meet today's needs and scale to accommodate future needs.

  • A new startup promises recordless e-mail

    Storage Bin: A new startup promises recordless e-mail. Is this a stroke of genius that will reward the company with billions of Internet bucks, or is it the end of the world as we know it?

  • How to better connect storage to the business

    We can learn from manufacturing processes and use a supply chain to storage to better align it with strategic business goals. To implement this model, a storage services plan needs to be multidimensional and encompass performance, availability, data protection, data movement and migration, and data retention.

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