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This article is part of the Vol. 4 No. 6 August 2005 issue of The best high-end storage arrays of 2005
With the help of automated file migration software--the cornerstone of information lifecycle management (ILM)--IT shops are finding they can go much longer before having to add disk capacity to their primary storage systems. "We found that in the first 18 months [of putting in place an ILM strategy], we didn't have to upgrade our primary storage once," reports Chris Johnson, network administrator at Mustang Engineering L.P. in Houston. A Network Appliance shop, the firm is using File Lifecycle Manager from NuView to migrate inactive files from high-end filers to an ATA-based NearStore. So far, Mustang has migrated approximately 6 million files, totaling 4TB, to NearStore. Similarly, Quicken Loans, a Livonia, MI-based online home financing lender, recently celebrated its one-year anniversary of using EMC Legato DiskXtender plus EMC ControlCenter (ECC) to migrate older files. In that year, the firm didn't need to add capacity to its primary storage tier. "Because we move files off the high-performance disk, we recoup that space," says Scott Roemmele, SAN ... Access >>>
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