• bit rot

    Bit rot is the slow deterioration in the performance and integrity of data stored on storage media. It is also known by the names bit decay, data rot, data decay and silent corruption.

  • legacy storage

    Legacy storage is traditional storage hardware that is older and sometimes no longer sold by its vendor.

  • The yin and yang of storage

    I feel like that little girl in "The Exorcist" whose head spins around; it's hard to keep an eye on where storage is headed these days.

  • Using virtual storage, SRM to up data storage efficiency

    The most efficient use of capacity stems from proactive, granular monitoring and strategies that increase allocation flexibility.

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  • Using two midrange backup apps at once

    Esmond Kane says Harvard Art Museum "didn't want to put all of our eggs in one basket," so they use the top two midrange backup apps--EMC Retrospect and Symantec Backup Exec. Also in this issue, learn how the switch may be the best place to embed vir... 

  • Realizing benefits of storage consolidation sometimes easier said than done

    When done right, storage consolidation will reduces machine count and increases storage utilization. Just be sure to invest in vendor support, since problems stemming from consolidating a storage infrastructure will have a deep impact. 

  • Learn all about self-service storage

    Self-service storage allows the storage administrator to take advantage of all the capabilities of virtualized storage and respond to user needs for storage volumes more rapidly than ever. 

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    Clustered storage vendor DataDirect Networks has gained a foothold in the rich media and Web 2.0 markets that larger storage vendors like EMC and NetApp are trying to move into. 

  • Self-service storage -- do-it-yourself provisioning gains ground

    One of the biggest burdens for storage administrators today is provisioning storage. Self-service storage allows storage administrators to take advantage of virtualized storage and respond to user needs for storage volumes faster than ever. 

  • A new wrinkle: VMware over NFS

    Even as NetApp continues to increase support for VMware, organizations are migrating VMware storage to industry-standard NFS to simplify management. Users who combine VMware with NFS are still in the minority, but that minority is growing steadily. 

  • The politics of VMware deployments

    There are many reasons that storage administrators lean towards deploying VMware. Many are technical, but there are also political and emotional reasons too. 

  • Free Sun utility turns OpenSolaris servers into Fibre Channel storage arrays

    Sun has begun to execute its server/storage convergence strategy with a framework for turning its OpenSolaris servers into storage arrays with a free utility called Comstar. Comstar users can create a Fibre Channel array using a repurposed server and... 

  • Symantec CEO: We know more about file systems than VMware

    Symantec CEO John Thompson sat down for a Q&A to talk about how SSDs will bury tape, coopetition with VMware and streamlining Symantec product lines. 

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