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This article is part of the Vol. 5 No. 10 December 2006 issue of The hottest storage technology for 2007
Following sound SAN design strategies allows you to reduce the number of SAN islands, strengthen your primary SAN, make storage easier to manage and provide more data protection. Project-based and departmental SAN islands are multiplying faster than rabbits and are relatively inexpensive, easy to build and require little planning. But SAN islands carry a hidden cost: The benefits of isolated SANs vanish rapidly as more of them are added to the storage infrastructure. A SAN island's single-purpose nature makes it very uneconomical, and the aggregate cost for storage and storage management of small SAN islands can be eye-opening. This wasn't an issue during the dot-com years when funds seemed inexhaustible, but the ensuing economic dip ushered in an era of consolidation and centralization; in other words, doing more with less. SAN consolidation has the following benefits: Simpler storage management A higher degree of storage resource utilization (capacity, bandwidth, storage controller, I/Os, storage management staff) Increased reliability of the storage ... Access >>>
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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.
Configuring storage for ERP
The "crown jewels" of corporate data are typically maintained within enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications. But for many storage managers, ERP is a minefield of critical information and competing priorities. In this first installment of a three-part series, we look at ways to protect ERP data while improving performance.
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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.
Quality awards II: EqualLogic named top midrange array
by Rich Castagna
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Recent storage company IPOs remind us that fast and loose spending isn't behind us
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