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Vol. 4 No. 8 October 2005

Storage Bin: Behind the scenes

Behind every great man is a greater woman. Behind every great actor is a director. Behind every great quarterback is a coach. Behind many big storage deals with big storage vendors is the little-known startup that actually made the big vendor's products usable in the customer's shop. Pixar used tons of Network Appliance (NetApp) gear making Toy Story, Finding Nemo and all those other fantastic mega-data-generating movies. EMC never had any success breaking into that account nor did Dell for that matter. Enter little-known Ibrix. Its clustered distributed file system let EMC satisfy Pixar's need for collaboration without the "single pipe" bandwidth issues it was limited to with NAS. Instead, Pixar built an 1,800 node mega-cluster (yes, 1,800 nodes--one cluster) that used Ibrix software to give every node shared access to tons of SAN bandwidth on the EMC back end. NetApp did the same thing to EMC. It won a big deal at an all-EMC shop because it offered some simple global namespace functionality from a goofy little company called ...

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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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