Richard Scannell looks at availability

Richard Scannell looks at availability

Richard Scannell
VP, GlassHouse Technologies Inc., GlassHouse Technologies Inc.
Richard Scannell, co-founder of GlassHouse, serves as Vice President of Corporate Development and Strategy. In his role, Richard is responsible for the development and execution of corporate strategy, client relationship development and marketing communications. Richard is a frequently requested speaker at key industry events, as well as a featured columnist and thought leader in such publications as STORAGE Magazine, Intelligent Enterprise and Byte and Switch. Richard has also written various articles in STORAGE magazine, including "How healthy is your corporate e-mail?" and "The well-oiled backup machine."

QUESTION: Historically, we've Unix mirrored to multiple storage subsystems to provide continuous availability in the event of a storage subsystem failure. Is it reasonable to think this is not needed, on which platforms? In particular, what about Clariion?

ANSWER: There is not enough information here to comment properly but simple questions like what is your tolerance for downtime, how critical is your data and others of that vein come to mind. It is undoubtedly true that disk technology has matured significantly and MTBF is down from what it used to be. As to what that means to your specific business in terms of cost and risk, I can't advise on a strategy without more data.

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