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Key projects for 2009
"We're revamping our whole DR plan," says Wagner. "Our goal is to make it as easy as possible. What I want to do is have a two-page document in a lock box somewhere--kind of 'In case of emergency, break glass.'"
What's perhaps most interesting about our respondents' priorities is that, once again, their top three areas of concentration are directly related to protecting growing data stores (see "Top storage priorities for 2009," below). This isn't new to them: data growth has moved from a one- or two-year phenomenon to business as usual; and in an age where a company's data is often its key asset, data protection is paramount. And company size doesn't appear to shift that emphasis. Backup was the top priority for 2009 for all companies, and dealing with burgeoning capacities and disaster recovery ranked second or third across all company sizes.
Beefing up disk systems
"The only capacity we'll be adding is to our VM cluster, and we'll probably be adding anywhere from 6TB to 9TB of SAS drives," says the City of Fort Collins' Wood. Over the past couple of years the city has built up its LeftHand Networks storage systems (LeftHand was recently acquired by Hewlett-Packard Co.), so only incremental additions are likely for 2009. "We've sunk a significant amount of money [into storage systems] this year and last year, so it's just going to be adding capacity for virtualization," adds Wood.
This was first published in December 2008