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Vol. 5 No. 12 February 2007

Classified data: For your eyes only

Classified data: For your eyes only There's a subtle change taking effect in storage circles: Storage managers are realizing that the systems they oversee hold a position of strategic importance in their companies. The days of bits and bytes are gone, and there's a far more integral role to play than that of company data keeper. Storage professionals are moving from being guardians to being in the avant-garde of information management for a simple reason--they have to. In recent years, companies' expectations of what their storage systems should be, do and cost have changed so drastically that the only way to cope is to think about storage in an entirely different way. Call it "smart storage" or "intelligent storage," or whatever buzzwords work for you. The point is that it's no longer about shuffling data around bigger and bigger boxes; it's understanding that all those zeros and ones add up to the corporate crown jewels. This isn't big news for many of you who saw the writing on the wall when "SOX" and "HIPAA" wormed their way...

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