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Vol. 6 No. 5 July 2007

EMC aims for "ease of use" at EMC World

For one week in May, EMC's top executives preached to the choir at EMC World in Orlando, FL, telling everyone within earshot that the company is making its products easier to use. "We've listened to you and we're responding," said Dave Donatelli, EMC's executive VP for storage product operations, in his keynote speech. But several EMC users at the show said "ease of use" is a moving target. One senior EMC software developer even conceded that "we still have a long way to go." Donatelli happily detailed how EMC has reduced the number of clicks required to provision storage in its arrays. For example, with Clariion's Navisphere task bar wizards it now takes only one minute to provision 1TB, or 16 clicks, and just 11 clicks to create a clone for a backup, said Donatelli. EMC also plans to offer a "Celerra Start-up Assistant" later this year, which would move a new Celerra into production in approximately 15 minutes and take "two clicks to thin provision a file system," said Donatelli. He added that with Symmetrix Management Console...

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Features in this issue

  • HDS reigns over enterprise arrays ... again

    The third annual Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Award for enterprise arrays saw some changes among the vendors, but a familiar theme prevailed as Hitachi Data Systems copped top honors for the third time.

  • EMC aims for "ease of use" at EMC World

    by  Rich Friedman

  • Tools to fine-tune your backups

    Backup and recovery applications typically include reporting capabilities, but they're often rudimentary and provide only basic information on the success or failure of data protection operations. Data protection and recovery management (DPRM) products, an emerging class of monitoring and planning tools, fill in the gaps where traditional backup apps fall short. DPRM tools provide advanced capacity reporting, predict usage patterns and allow performance tuning, troubleshooting and cost management. Here's how to pick the best product for your shop.

  • Can iSCSI crack the enterprise?

    by  Stephen Foskett

    iSCSI storage systems are showing up in medium-sized businesses, but storage managers at large enterprise shops have been reluctant to embrace them. This is largely because Fibre Channel (FC) is so firmly entrenched in bigger companies. But iSCSI offers some unique benefits that may appeal to shops with FC-only environments.

  • Snapshot: iSCSI storage

    Users speak out about iSCSI

Columns in this issue

  • Editorial: People and power

  • Best Practices: The ultimate archiving challenge

    Given current practices, it's questionable whether electronic information created and stored today will be usable 10 years or 15 years from now. The steps we take now will greatly affect the magnitude of the problem facing us (or our successors) in the future.

  • Storage Bin: Boring is good

    by  Steve Duplessie

    They may not be the sexy new technologies of the moment, but boring "vision" tools that provide insight and report on storage infrastructure are as necessary to your environment as ensuring that the system you run is getting power from the wall.

  • Hot Spots: The inevitability of tape encryption

    by  Jon Oltsik

    In the near future, encryption technologies will closely mirror the old "death and taxes" cliché as one of those things that are inevitable. Approximately 25% of enterprises have gotten the encryption message, but the vast majority are still on the sidelines.