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Vol. 7 No. 2 April 2008

CDP still not a must-have for users

Continuous data protection (CDP) technology still has an uphill climb to win over Storage magazine readers. Just 23% of respondents to our recent survey use a CDP product vs. the 33% who said they used CDP when we asked this question in late 2006. This time around, there are also fewer respondents who have plans to implement the technology. Sixty-three percent say they don't plan to use CDP in their backup environment vs. 37% of respondents in the previous survey. However, file-based CDP has gained ground over block-based CDP, which had been the most popular implementation of the technology. Fifty-five percent of respondents are proponents of file-based CDP vs. 44% in 2006, and application-based CDP usage has risen to 14% in the most recent survey. The primary reason respondents say they aren't using CDP is because they lack the resources for another data protection application. --Christine Cignoli

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Features in this issue

  • Is iSCSI good enough?

    by  Deni Connor

    Organizations of all sizes have adopted iSCSI because it's easy to install, inexpensive, behaves just like Ethernet and doesn't require specialized skill sets like Fibre Channel does. But do analyst claims that iSCSI performance falls short of that for Fiber Channel hold up?

  • Survey: Fibre Channel rules planned purchases

  • Automate application recovery

    by  Eric Burgener

    Today's application continuity computing (ACC) products are best suited for small- and medium-sized businesses, and are focused exclusively on Exchange, which most companies now consider a business-critical application. But the concentration on Exchange will likely change over the next few years, as several ACC vendors plan support for SQL Server and SharePoint in the future.

Columns in this issue

  • Best Practices: High hopes for thin provisioning

    Thin provisioning is a promising way to address allocation and performance. One of the biggest challenges when using the technology is knowing where your data lives, and whether it can be tracked or recovered if there's a catastrophic component failure.

  • Storage Bin 2.0: Winds of change push storage into a new era

    The transactional computing era is over. The Internet computing era is dragging data into the "cloud," and this new era will rain more files--and bigger files--down on you than you can ever imagine.

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