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Vol. 2 No. 10 December 2003

Data Recovery Mantra: Know Thyself

If your desire is to be able to restore lost data at will, the best way to go about it is to set a goal, and measure your performance against it. At least, that's what a recent survey of 235 storage professionals by analyst firm The Taneja Group, based in Hopkinton, MA, suggests. The study, called "Next Generation Backup and Recovery Solutions: A Study of Customer Requirements," found that among sites that employ "restore metrics"--measuring how fast/successfully they restore data--95% were able to restore their data more than half the time, with 82% reporting success more than 75% of the time. Despite that, only 23% of respondents have restore metrics in place to determine whether they meet service levels requirements, compared to 65% that don't. Another 12% were not even aware that restore metrics exist. That led The Taneja Group to conclude in their report: "Going forward, we believe a strong requirement exists for these types of metrics to be automated and integrated into the leading backup software packages to ultimately ...

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Features in this issue

  • The pitfalls of smart switches

    Do you want to centralize storage management, cut costs and make your life a whole lot easier? There are a number of storage vendors promising these very things by creating products that move intelligence into the fabric, but smart fabrics will have their own issue.

  • Hot technologies in 2004

    In 2004, flexible, affordable new technologies are beginning to emerge that will open the door for smaller companies and allow them to sample some advanced storage strategies.

  • Reeling in a bigger salary

    The results from the first official survey of storage jobs are out, and you'll want to check them before either your staff's or your own performance review.

  • Starting the ILM process

    Information life cycle management (ILM) is the buzz right now. But too much emphasis is being put on products and not enough on understanding that ILM is really a process. Before you buy in, here's how to analyze what it means for you.

  • Sunny Day for Storage Consolidation

    Avant-garde storage consolidation

  • Is there a need for more speed?

    by  Jeff Moad

    Fibre Channel switch and HBA vendors will be shipping 10Gb/s gear in early 2004. The Fibre Channel Industry Association has just backed a 4Gb/s standard, yet how necessary is this when some enterprises have only recently migrated from 1Gb/s to 2Gb/s?

Columns in this issue

  • EMC and NetApp still think they're competitors

    Storage Bin: EMC and NetApp still think they're competitors; they spend time and money planning defense strategies. Maybe if they paused to think for a minute, they'd see that they're two successful companies growing in vastly different directions.

  • Tiered storage: Heterogeneous vs. homogeneous

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Tiered storage is a hot idea, but implementing it can be trickier than appears. This article defines the two different approaches--heterogeneous and homogeneous--and helps you choose the strategy you should employ.

  • Booting from the SAN

    by  Darryl Brooks

    Although booting from the SAN isn't a widespread practice, it gives an organization many choices in the way it manages server and storage infrastructures.

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