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Vol. 5 No. 2 April 2006

What data classification can do for you

A NEW CATEGORY of data-classification and management tools is emerging, exemplified by companies like Abrevity, Index Engines, Kazeon Systems and Njini. Often marketed as tools to assist with information control and security, they may also have implications for your storage and backup operations. Likened to information lifecycle management's (ILM's) "missing brain" by Brad O'Neill, senior analyst and consultant at the Taneja Group, Hopkinton, MA, information classification management (ICM) tools help storage administrators determine the content of their data so they can effectively decide whether it can be moved to a lower tier of storage. So far, most of the customer traction around ICM has been for tiering and ILM purposes, says O'Neill. After doing a data classification with Network Appliance's (NetApp's) Information Server 1200, which the company OEMs from Kazeon, most customers find that between 25% to 50% of the data doesn't need to be on their high-end tiers, says Manish Goel, NetApp's VP and general manager, data ...

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Features in this issue

  • Fine-tune storage networks

    How key SAN components, principally host bus adapters and switches, are configured will determine overall SAN performance. If you know what to look for and how to make adjustments, performance issues can be greatly reduced.

  • Voice apps can strain storage

    Digital voice recordings are creeping up on storage like e-mail did a decade or so ago, but they're roughly 1,000 times larger per element. Here's how to prevent them from overwhelming your data center.

  • iSCSI moves up the ranks

  • New life for InfiniBand

    InfiniBand storage is finally emerging, but despite its cost, speed and scalability advantages over Fibre Channel, acceptance has been slow in enterprise data centers. But clustered, high-performance computing and demanding applications have helped renew interest in InfiniBand-based storage networks.

  • New DLT drive tops a terabyte

  • Finding Data

    Archiving applications are increasingly being used to minimize online data stores and to meet compliance requirements. Most of those archivers include search features, but the capabilities vary widely. Understanding how these search tools work will help you find the best fit for your company.

Columns in this issue

  • The winners of Storage magazine's Products of the Year were surprising

    Storage Bin: The winners of Storage magazine's Products of the Year were surprising, as so few of them were big-name storage vendors. Here's Steve Duplessie's take on the subject.

  • Deploying Intelligent Information Management applications

    By deploying Intelligent Information Management applications, organizations can improve resource management by eliminating the storage of duplicate data, reduce risk by quickly responding to discovery requests, comply with record-retention and privacy regulations, and restore the right data faster.

  • Misplaced priorities

    by  Stephen Foskett

    In this age of compliance and despite well-publicized cases of data theft, a recent security survey from GlassHouse Technologies indicates that few companies are paying much attention to storage security.