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Vol. 4 No. 11 January 2006

2005 was a remarkable and productive year in storage

Let's give thanks for a great year in storage SRM, security, and players new and old all added up to a pretty remarkable 2005. I can't recall a much better year than 2005 as far as interesting events, useful products and a generally positive business environment. We saw fewer new startups than I can ever remember, which will be an issue for us in a few years, but the companies that started the year in business, finished the year in business--no small feat. The biggest Christmas present came from Hewlett-Packard (HP) when it acquired AppIQ for a sleigh-load of cash. This was the year when storage resource management (SRM) became a mainstream must-have. While I could go on and on about "how long it took you" to get into the mix, at least you did. SRM is one of those boring things we do that causes a little pain up front, but saves a ton of pain later on. Security finally became part of the mainstream, at least from a conversational perspective. Decru got an early holiday bonus from Network Appliance, which gobbled up the upstart ...

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Features in this issue

  • Pump up array performance

    As data wends it ways from hosts, through the fabric and to the array, it encounters many potential bottlenecks. But that also means there are a number of ways to improve storage subsystem performance. The key to the tuning process is a thorough understanding of your application requirements.

  • Encryption appliances reviewed

    Lost tapes have been headline news lately, making encryption products hotter than ever. We review encryption products from Kasten Chase, NeoScale Systems and Vormetric to help you choose the best product for your shop.

  • Top tape libraries revealed

    by  Rich Castagna

    Users cite a high level of satisfaction for these backup mainstays, citing StorageTek and Spectra Logic as the top libraries, in the Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Awards.

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