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Storage magazine - Vol. 5 No. 12 February 2007

Storage hardware and software keeps getting better. These 15 products of the year are the best of 2006; they uniquely combine innovation with practicality. Also, learn how to lock down laptop data, how to integrate iSCSI storage, and how to cope with clustered apps.  Access >>>

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    • Integrating iSCSI and FC storage

      Mixing iSCSI with Fibre Channel (FC) allows you to make more efficient use of installed storage capacity, but marrying the two protocols isn't without its challenges. Bringing iSCSI into existing FC SANs raises integration issues and leads to a somewhat more complex storage infrastructure that requires IP and FC knowledge, as well as the ability to manage and troubleshoot a multiprotocol storage environment.

    • Clustering ERP apps

      For mission-critical apps, availability is the key. Clustering those applications can ensure they stay up and running, but clustering often conjures up images of complex technologies and an environment that's fragile and complex. Still, for most companies, the benefits of clustering are profound enough to mitigate its risks.

    • Automated tiering awaits standards

    • Doubts about CDP persist

    • Best storage products of 2006 by Editors of Storage and SearchStorage.com

      Our fifth annual Products of the Year awards recognize the 15 new or enhanced storage products that rose to the top in 2006. The editors of Storage and SearchStorage.com, along with a panel of users and industry experts, selected these winning products based on their innovation and performance.

  • Columns
    • Classified data: For your eyes only

      Classified data: For your eyes only

    • Are you taking the iSCSI plunge?

      iSCSI has grown from a theoretical standard into a real technology with real storage products. Although once considered by many to be a Fibre Channel killer, iSCSI has gained a substantial foothold without necessarily displacing Fibre Channel. Companies of all sizes are taking the plunge, and the iSCSI juggernaut appears to be unstoppable.

    • Latest technological innovations coming from Europe

      Storage Bin: If you want to know where the latest technological innovations are coming from, go to Europe.

    • From worm to worst by Stephen Foskett

      Everyone thinks about online data in the same way: You write it, read it, rewrite it and keep it forever. But many organizations have far more data that's written once, read a few times and kept alive forever. You might say this bulk data is "write once, read several times" (WORST), and it can bloat your storage environment.

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