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Vol. 5 No. 4 June 2006

The heat is on

The heat is on IT'S SUMMERTIME, and hot and sultry days are on the way. With little beads of perspiration dampening your forehead, the distorted image you see through the shimmering waves of heat isn't the surf lapping onshore. It's your primary storage array simmering in the heat of a data center that's about to cook a lot of expensive silicon. Heat--and power consumption--isn't a new problem. Data centers have been caught up in the bigger, better, faster vs. hotter and hotter conundrum since the first floor was raised in a room meant for computers. But it's taken a turn for the worse as vendors pack more into smaller packages to deal with data center real estate costs. Highly compact blade-server installations catch most of the blame for elevating heat levels, but storage systems are becoming ever more dense, too (see "The rise of the ultra-dense array," for Stephen Foskett's insights on the density issue). Storage systems are also the most mechanical devices in the data center, with disks spinning away at up to 15,000 rpm and...

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Features in this issue

  • Deduplication extends to archives

  • Lock up data with fixed-content storage

    For most companies, fixed-content storage requirements are simple: Store the data securely, do it cheaply and provide fast access. With more data subject to external and internal audits, content-addressed storage products are becoming the preferred storage medium for long-term protection of fixed content.

  • Storage growth drives buying plans

    The results from our exclusive semi-annual Purchasing Intentions Survey are in. Storage growth is a key concern for storage managers, as additional capacity has a ripple effect that touches many other components in the storage environment.

  • Is encryption enough?

    Encrypting data at rest is definitely a reliable security measure, but it should be considered only one component of an effective storage security plan.

Columns in this issue

  • Time to think outside the box when it comes to data protection

    Storage Bin: The concept of "That's the way we've always done it" isn't going to work anymore, and it sure won't help you build an efficient disaster recovery plan. It's time to think outside the box when it comes to data protection.

  • The rise of the ultra-dense array

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Disk drives are getting smaller and smaller even as their capacities rise. Now storage vendors are packing more disks than ever into smaller spaces, which saves costly data center real estate. But the denser arrays also have a downside--higher power consumption and more heat.

  • A look at data classification products for e-discovery

    New technology products that look inside data can help you classify and manage that data more effectively. But these tools can also be leveraged for e-discovery, allowing specific data to be found and acted upon quickly to satisfy legal requirements.

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