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Vol. 2 No. 1 March 2003

Firm Sees the Storage Automation Light

Many IT people are on the fence about automated storage management, but at Allegra Systems in Piscataway, NJ, there's no doubt that automatic file migration software has cut down on the IT staff's workload. Allegra is a reseller and applications service provider (ASP) that offers the legal, financial services and construction industries Internet-based access to industry- specific applications such as project and content management software. "These are expensive applications that companies are sometimes reluctant to buy outright," says George Farrall, Allegra's executive vice president of business development. Then after about a year using the hosted service, most subscribers bring the application in-house. In the meantime, Allegra's customers accumulate a lot of files. Already, Allegra has 1.8TB of data, stored largely on network-attached storage (NAS) devices from Compaq and Maxtor, as well as on high-performance Windows 2000 and soon, Solaris servers. All along, one of Allegra's challenges has been moving infrequently accessed...

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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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