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Just don't call it disaster recovery
This article is part of the Storage magazine issue of Vol. 9 Num. 10 February 2011
Things might be looking up in data storage shops these days, but a lot of companies are still falling short when it comes to disaster recovery readiness. Mark Twain once said, "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics." I don't know about lies and damned lies, but I can get lost in a pile of statistics as easily as I can lose myself in the aisles of Home Depot. Lucky for me, there's been plenty of stuff in the research bin to rummage through lately and piles of stats to sift through. I won't drag you through all the market share numbers and other minutiae gleaned from IDC and Gartner reports, but the bottom line is that the bottom line is looking a whole lot better these days. Storage shipments are up pretty much across the board, with disk systems, software and all the other accoutrements climbing steadily -- and even steeply, in some cases. That means you're all out there spending again, and that's a good thing all around, not just because the picture looks a little rosier for storage vendors but because...
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Features in this issue
Find out which products were chosen as finalists in the 2010 storage Products of the Year competition by Storage magazine and SearchStorage.com.
Once an expensive option, data replication is now available in many forms and is a more affordable and effective disaster recovery option than ever.
Based on our annual Storage Priorities Survey, it looks like a busy year -- storage budgets are up a bit and there are long to-do lists.
Common wisdom says you need block storage for virtual servers; but with most hypervisors supporting the NFS protocol, NAS may work just as well.
Columns in this issue
Global data deduplication can yield significant capacity savings, but its most attractive feature may be the architecture it's built upon.
A recent survey shows the sharp contrast between the benefits associated with server virtualization projects and the age and size of the deployment environment.
Things might be looking up in data storage shops these days, but a lot of firms are still falling short when it comes to DR readiness.
You've read all the predictions about how file storage will bury our data centers in a few years. How to cope? Probably not with NAS.