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Vol. 4 No. 8 October 2005

Survey Says: SATA has staying power

What do storage professionals want? SATA, SATA and more SATA. At least, that's what TheInfoPro has found in its last three surveys of storage professionals, which are conducted every six months. In all three surveys, SATA has ranked No. 1 in its "Heat Index"--a function of near-term spending and immediacy of implementation. Other trends TheInfoPro identified when reviewing its Wave 3 (Spring 2004), Wave 4 (Fall 2004) and Wave 5 (Spring 2005) surveys, were that users strongly preferred virtual tape as an alternative to tape-based backup; IP SANs have "cooled off " somewhat as storage pros wait for product maturity; and storage security appliances have been slow to catch on. Source:

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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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