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Vol. 3 No. 4 June 2004

Storage on demand

Benefits of the utility model Implementing a utility storage environment can reap many operational rewards. The following list of benefits comes from a report, "Shining the Light on Utility Computing--A Business Perspective," authored by Michael Fisch and published in The Clipper Group Explorer: Delivers IT as a service, not as a box or fixed asset Provides the enterprise with the right services, in the right amounts, at the right time Optimizes the reliability, performance and total cost of ownership of IT resources Responds quickly to support changing business requirements Raises accountability for responsible consumption and reliable service delivery Source: The Clipper Group Inc. Flip a switch and get more or less storage, and only pay for what you actually use. That's the picture the term "utility storage" conjures--the idea that IT resources can be turned on and off to coincide with fluctuating needs just as we control the flow of electricity, water or gas into our homes and offices. The benefits are as obvious as they are...

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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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