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Vol. 4 No. 11 January 2006

New demands, new opportunities

New demands, new opportunities This is my first turn at filling this space. Over the past couple of years, I've managed to pound out enough prose to fill a number of pages in other parts of Storage, but in my new role I have some pretty big shoes to fill delivering a monthly editorial. For me, a new job means new opportunities, along with the challenge of providing commentary here that meets the standards established by my predecessor. But I'm just another face in the crowd when it comes to dealing with change. In one of the fastest developing technology domains IT has ever seen, storage professionals are grappling daily with ever-evolving roles and responsibilities. Maturing storage environments, coupled with data stores that have grown beyond all reasonable expectations, are redefining responsibilities. Tossed into the mix are other forces, such as regulations that dictate data-handling practices; and while the cost of buying storage continues to drop steadily, the cost of owning that storage is soaring. All of that adds up to...

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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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