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This article is part of the Vol. 6 No. 3 May 2007 issue of Tips for lowering the cost of storage support contracts
I'm up to my ears in numbers these days, culling stats from the surveys we run and the many other reports that pop up in my email. Reports can be fun even when they stretch the bounds of credulity--like IDC's recent prediction that the world will have to find some place to store 988 billion gigabytes of data by 2010. (I wonder if they'll 'fess up if the number falls short by a hundred billion gigabytes or so.) At least they're not predicting the Cubs will win the World Series ... Those kinds of numbers are pretty hard to fathom or confirm. At Storage, the numbers we typically deal with are a lot easier to put into context because they represent what you tell us you plan to do or buy, or how you think your vendors are treating you. But what truly makes some of the numbers come alive is talking to you about them when we do our follow-up interviews. So much of what I hear is about how you deal with vendors. And whether they're horror stories or experiences that are just a bit unnerving, they all demonstrate just how much time and effort is required for vendor ... Access >>>
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Editorial: Top 10 reasons to find another vendor
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