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Vol. 6 No. 3 May 2007

Hot Spots: Time to learn from Microsoft's mistakes

Storage vendors could learn a thing or two from the Redmond gang about plugging holes in leaky systems. When I joined ESG in 2003, the acronym stood for Enterprise Storage Group. As the company diversified into areas like security, we decided we needed a new middle name. Goodbye "Storage," hello "Strategy" and the Enterprise Strategy Group. Why am I sharing this story? ESG was a leading storage analyst firm, but fairly unknown outside the spinning disk and magnetic tape crowds. When I joined ESG to start the information security practice, I decided that one of my initial focus areas would be security issues as they relate to storage. ESG had great relationships with storage professionals and vendors, and I found little actual research or writing about storage security. It seemed like a green field, so off I went. After diving into storage security, I quickly realized why so little had been written on the subject. Storage professionals assumed security was something the networking and server folks had to deal with--a true case ...

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Features in this issue

  • Negotiating for support

    Over a period of just a few years, the amount you spend on support contracts could equal or even exceed the price of the product itself. But storage support contracts are usually optional, and both the extent of coverage and its cost are definitely negotiable. A little hard bargaining and creativity, along with the leverage of seeking maintenance from a third-party support company, can go a long way toward knocking down your support costs.

  • More laptop backup options

  • Storage managers in control

    For the first time in five years, the amount of capacity storage managers plan to add this year dropped, according to the results of Storage magazine's latest Purchasing Intentions Survey. To be sure, the decrease was more of a sign that relief may be on the way for storage managers who have spent the last few years trying to keep up with runaway storage growth.

Columns in this issue

  • Best Practices: Protecting SharePoint data

    SharePoint's collaboration framework is gaining in popularity, but it has a number of data protection challenges that can result in significant levels of complexity rather quickly. Storage and data protection groups must work with application teams to plan an effective data protection strategy.

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