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Vol. 5 No. 9 November 2006

New frameworks give users more choices

The IT management software frameworks of the last decade shared the vision of a single interface to manage all IT operations, but that has yet to come to fruition for the average storage user. The goal of Hewlett-Packard's (HP's) OpenView and IBM's Tivoli product line--to unite resource management, provisioning and performance monitoring for the entire IT environment in one tool--began when storage was still a secondary consideration to the server and the network. These products were also proprietary, requiring users who wanted "end-to-end IT management" to rip other vendors' storage products out of their environment. So when companies like BakBone Software, CA, EMC and HP begin touting their new integrated storage management tools, it may sound suspiciously like previous pitches for frameworks that were more about vendor lock-in than easier centralized management. But so far, according to users and the vendors themselves, these newer products have key differences--namely, flexibility and a new focus on storage management. ...

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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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