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Vol. 3 No. 5 July 2004

Focus on the basics

This month's cover story looks at the impact of new data retention regulations on data storage (see "Regulations Squeeze Storage"). For all the talk about it, compliance hasn't made its way onto the floor at many shops. You could say the same about information lifecycle management (ILM), another movement that could affect how you store data. For all their differences, compliance and ILM share one thing in common: Even if you drink the whole bowl of Kool-Aid, win the lottery and are ready to spend all your winnings to implement them, you can't. The tools aren't there, despite the growing number of vendors who are attaching ILM labels to everything they do. Even if they were, many decisions first have to be made outside of IT, and then another round within IT. These are things that are outside your control, and maybe even outside your influence. So, what's a storage manager to do? Focus on the core issues. From an infrastructure point of view, ILM and compliance equal tiered storage, plus active archiving. Active is meant to ...

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Features in this issue

  • Technology Report: WORM Tape

    WORM tape is increasingly being used for long-term archival purposes. Why? Because it's cheap, portable and satisfies today's demanding regulations.

  • First Look: Copan Systems Revolution 200T

    by  Lawrence Didsbury

    Can the Revolution 200T, which uses a new technology called MAID, straighten up your messy backup situation?

  • Tune down costs

    by  Marc Farley

    To save money and get the best performance, match the right type of storage with the application it's best suited for. We list several practical ways to optimize your storage.

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