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Vol. 2 No. 1 March 2003

Make HSM work for open systems

Faced with the challenges of significant storage and application growth, shortened backup windows and limited IT resources, many organizations are embracing hierarchical storage management (HSM) to archive infrequently accessed data on less expensive storage. Storing 80 million images a year GE Medical Systems, Waukesha, WI, is a provider of health care productivity solutions and services and is a leader in medical diagnostic imaging technology. The company has more than 300 offices worldwide and $8 billion in annual revenues. Its application service provider (ASP) group offers remote archiving services for digital diagnostic images, allowing its customers to focus on delivering healthcare, rather than managing large-scale storage systems. GE Medical Systems provides an archiving solution for Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM)-based medical exams and images. "The sheer volume of medical image data is unmanageable for most of our customers," says Sander Kloet, manager of data center operations for GE Medical ...

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  • 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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