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Vol. 4 No. 8 October 2005

Keep remote offices in sync

WAFS appliances Click here for a comparison table about WAFS appliances (PDF). The days of ignoring the importance of remote office data and not fully supporting remote workers are over. New compliance and data protection requirements, along with the need to collaborate on projects across geographical boundaries, are driving companies to distribute their files globally and manage them centrally. Wide-area file systems (WAFS) products can help bring remote sites back into the corporate fold by: Locking open files globally to prevent multiple people from simultaneously editing a file Controlling which files get sent to specific remote offices and under what circumstances Transmitting only file changes when files are saved or closed Working in conjunction with existing remote file servers or by replacing them Minimizing WAN traffic WAFS products--whether software or appliances--address different file-server configurations and enterprise needs. For example, Burlington, MA-based Signiant Inc.'s Mobilize product is deployed as an ...

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Features in this issue

  • Hidden threats to data

    Inadequacies in storage governance and weaknesses in data management may pose far less-visible risks to a company's data. To mitigate these threats, you must be aware of the impact and probability of these risks to reduce or eliminate them.

  • Safer SATA for nearline apps

    New SATA drivers tailored for nearline apps

  • Keep remote offices in sync

    With regulatory compliance, data protection requirements and the need to share data, remote office data can no longer be ignored. Wide-area file system products can rein in and protect remote data.

  • Will your disaster recovery plan work?

    No matter how many checklists a company creates, the number of disaster scenarios it considers or even how assiduously it backs up data, managers can't be confident in their firm's ability to recover data unless the systems have been tested thoroughly.

  • Better capacity forecasting

    There are two methods for devising storage capacity forecasts: quantitative and qualitative. By combining the two, you can develop practical metrics that will make more accurate forecasts.

  • Data grids for storage

    Data grids are used by the scientific community to access data resources around the world. Companies can use the principles underlying these global grids to link geographically dispersed sites.

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