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Vol. 3 No. 2 April 2004

Why don't storage managers consider renting storage?

As we expand our use of storage area networks (SANs), we collide with the expense and slow deployment of SAN technology. What if we could simply purchase storage space, as opposed to the storage itself? With ongoing improvements in long-distance SANs, the notion of remote storage facilities for rent becomes more attractive. So, why have IT managers been slow to adopt this approach? One way to understand is through this analogy. Imagine Public Storage Inc., a real estate investment trust that rents storage space to the public for a small fee. When you rent this kind of space, you expect certain things: secure storage, isolation from other renters' belongings and a staff that gives you good service. Data storage renters would want similar things. Until you feel assured that your data is safe, secure and readily available, you're unlikely to consider such a utility service. Yet doing it all on your own isn't exactly a bed of roses, either. Have you ever had a neighbor whose garage was completely full except for a path to his ...

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Features in this issue

  • IP storage delivers

    by  Johanna Ambrosio

    Despite all the FUD surrounding IP SANs, early users say IP-based storage isn't all that difficult to manage and that performance is sufficient. The key is knowing what applications IP SANs should be used for.

  • Disaster recovery relief

    The cost of disaster recovery tools can be even more than the value of the data that these very tools are supposed to be protecting. Fortunately, newer approaches to DR are restoring sanity to this high-pressure task.

  • Wrestling with regulations

    by  Bill O'Brien

    In the health care industry, complicated regulations such as HIPAA, combined with new technologies that require enormous amounts of storage, are driving storage managers to the emergency room.

  • Extreme backup

    by  Arun Taneja

    Newsflash: Conventional data protection has reached its limits and will be dramatically changing in the next couple of years. But all roads don't lead to the same result. Here's how to analyze which route is best for you.

  • Get control of capacity

    Although storage resource management tools can be complicated to implement, they're a better alternative to breaking the bank and rushing out to purchase more storage. Get precise with your vendors on what you need and you'll wind up with better results.

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