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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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