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Vol. 1 No. 11 January 2003

Keep your eyes open

The coming year is shaping up as a tight year, to say the least. Even if you may have to keep your wallet in your pocket, you'll want to keep your eyes open this year. After speaking with various vendors and analysts, I'm expecting more opportunities on the technology front that can bring some quick relief and set you up for the future as well. Here are some slightly clever things I'm expecting to become real this year: Easier ways to leverage your storage area network (SAN) for file storage. As unglamorous as end-user storage is, you're probably spending loads of time and money servicing it. If your SANs are production-ready, you may be able to save both time and money (in backup, for example) by leveraging them for end-user home directories and the like. This year, you'll have a number of reasonable ways to bridge the file and block worlds. NAS gateways, Windows fileserver consolidation and working iSCSI technology offer different approaches for different needs. More unified SAN management. How many IT guys does it take to ...

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