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Vol. 5 No. 10 December 2006

Configuring storage for ERP

Enterprise resource planning apps often hold a company's most important information and have unique storage requirements. In this first installment of a three-part series, we look at ways to protect ERP data while improving performance. Enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications are typically entrusted with a company's crown jewels--key information that can range from accounting to human resources records. But many storage administrators see ERP as a minefield where critical information, multiple upgrades and competing priorities among database administrators, application managers and system administrators can collide. The result is a volatile environment that can produce inconsistent performance and become a management nightmare. Recent advances in storage offer more efficient ways to manage ERP applications. Replication, snapshots, clones and disk-to-disk-to-tape (D2D2T) backup are technologies that can be leveraged to help manage an ERP application. But before these are used, a basic storage infrastructure must be ...

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Features in this issue

  • Hot technologies for 2007

    "Storage" magazine's editors reviewed technology developments, product introductions and storage standards to come up with this short list of must-have technologies for 2007. We believe iSCSI SANs, hardware-based tape encryption, high-capacity disk drives, virtualization and thin provisioning will have the greatest impact on enterprise storage environments.

  • SAN consolidation strategies

    As islands of SANs proliferate in companies, the cost of storage can soar. Sound SAN design strategies allow companies to reduce the number of SAN islands, strengthen a primary SAN, make storage easier to manage and provide more data protection.

  • Quality awards II: EqualLogic named top midrange array

    by  Rich Castagna

    Another Quality Awards dark-horse candidate, EqualLogic PS Series, joins backup winner BakBone in unseating established players for top honors.

Columns in this issue

  • Is it really a disaster?

    Was it really a disaster after all? It's important to distinguish operational recovery from disaster recovery because the tools and techniques used in each situation can differ significantly.

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