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Vol. 2 No. 10 December 2003

How to manage your data storage growth

I was driving up South St. in Hopkinton, MA, the other day. South St. is a typical New England thoroughfare with its share of Cape Cod-style houses, commercial buildings and a local watering hole called The Pond House. It's also the home of EMC Corp. As I made this familiar drive, I realized that I started my career here 17 years ago, working for a then-young upstart EMC that occupied a single, unassuming building. Hopkinton has really boomed since then. Forests and dirt roads have given way to developments of four-bedroom colonial homes and the population has grown by thousands of people. All of this growth has led to new town infrastructure. EMC went from one building to a good half-dozen large facilities, all with their own requirements for public infrastructure. Hopkinton's growth provides a good analogue to the challenges faced by IT professionals tasked with managing storage. Like the sleepy little town west of Boston, storage capacity has grown every year and will continue to expand. This growth has led to problems with ...

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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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