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Vol. 2 No. 1 March 2003

Bring DBAs into the SAN era

The role of storage within IT organizations has changed dramatically over the years, as well as the job descriptions of those who manage storage. Like it or not, database administrators (DBAs) haven't escaped the turmoil as their roles in storage architecture, management and administration continue to broaden. Today's DBA is one of the key protectors of the most valuable company asset--its data. With a growing amount of data moving from flat file systems to organized relational databases, the DBA's participation in database storage has never been more important. Understanding the storage environment and the options available on storage platforms will continue to become an increasingly important part of the DBA's job. In the future, the DBA will be asked to take on even more storage responsibilities. Not only will the DBA be responsible for database storage, but will be held accountable for the database's performance, which is directly related to the optimal structure of the database and placement of data. This change in a DBA's ...

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Features in this issue

  • Tap the SAN for File Storage

    Used to be, if you wanted to give users a central place to store files, you had two options: put them on a generic file server, or on a NAS device.

  • Sony Joins Super Drive Game

    The market for super drives is alive and kicking, according to a recent report from Freeman Reports, with unit shipments more than doubling from 2001 to 2002.

  • Symmetrix DMX: Is it Hot or Not?

    The year is still young, but EMC's Symmetrix DMX announcement is arguably 2003's biggest storage story.

  • Surveillance Gradually Going Digital

    Security-conscious companies who started out using analog videotapes, are gradually making the switch to digital, offloading to digital tape and occasionally, cheap ATA disk.

  • Ease backup pain

    OK, maybe there's no cure, but a variety of bandages and pills can help. We look at the major backup packages and analyze what each does best.

  • Bring DBAs into the SAN era

    by  Jim Booth

    You may not want DBAs poking around inside your fabric, but the more they understand about SANs, the better they'll be.

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