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Vol. 3 No. 4 June 2004

Archive Storage is More than Cheap Disk

When it comes to archive storage, the question isn't necessarily "How low can you go?, but "How big can you grow?" In other words, price, while important, isn't the only factor to consider--the scalability of the archive storage platform is important too. At least, that's what Andres Rodriguez learned during his tenure as CTO for The New York Times. In 1999, Rodriguez headed up a project to digitize and archive its 150 years of content. In the end, "we put up about 10TB, but there was ten times more than that that we wanted to archive." The New York Times' inability to put all their content online inspired Rodriguez to found Archivas, which this April announced its Archivas Cluster (ArC), a "fixed content repository" that runs on standard Linux hardware, and that can scale to hundreds of terabytes, he says. Copan Systems, another startup to come out of the closet recently, also emphasizes massive capacities: A fully configured Revolution 200T can house 224TB in a single cabinet. Targeted at backup and scientific applications, ...

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Features in this issue

  • NAS on a grand scale

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Do you want to rid yourself of a backup window or two? Continuous backup--also know as continuous data protection--is changing the rules by backing up in real time, or close to it.

  • Down-to-earth HBAs

    Finally, there's an HBA for everyone. Vendors are creating HBAs that are functional and affordable, even for smaller shops.

  • Exchange and NAS On Again

    Microsoft has revised its "No Exchange on NAS" policy to "No Exchange on non-Microsoft NAS."

  • Storage on demand

    Tired of overbuying, overconfiguring or overallocating storage? Utility storage--used in a similiar fashion as electricity or water in your home--may be the answer to your prayers.

  • Continuous protection

    by  James Damoulakis

    Do you want to rid yourself of a backup window or two? Continuous backup--also know as continuous data protection--is changing the rules by backing up in real time, or close to it.

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