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Vol. 4 No. 4 June 2005

Storage Bin: Not invented where?

Not invented here (N.I.H) syndrome is the single biggest hurdle to IT professionals getting their hands on the coolest technologies around. You've heard of it. You've probably even been a part of it. We all think our guys are smarter than theirs. Sometimes we're right, but mostly we're blind. In technology, things both cool and stupid are most often architected, designed, developed and built in a vacuum. Sometimes we build things for the wrong reason or simply because we can. Sometimes we build things for the right reason--the world needs it and the business case is compelling. And sometimes we do the wrong thing, but for the right reasons. Let me give IBM some credit. It was arguably the worst-ever N.I.H company in storage, but it seems to have finally seen the light. IBM spent 54 gazillion dollars over the last seven years trying unsuccessfully to build a Network Appliance (NetApp) NAS-killing product line only to wake up and smell the cheese recently. IBM finally recognized that while this might have made sense if it was ever...

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Features in this issue

  • HIPAA spurs interest in replication

    HIPAA driving replication interest

  • iFCP vs. FCIP

    Two protocols—iFCP and FCIP—tap the scalability of the Internet Protocol and Ethernet networks, and can be used to overcome Fibre Channel networking limitations when connecting SAN islands. But iFCP and FCIP operate very differently; find out which one is right for your environment.

  • E-mail retention basics

  • Is the time right for optical storage?

    Optical storage has languished on the periphery of enterprise storage, but new technologies with higher capacities and more competitive per-gigabyte prices are moving optical into the mainstream.

  • EMC expelled over maintenance fees

    by  Alex Barrett

    A school district in Dallas chooses between EMC, IBM and Xiotech midrange arrays and discovers a huge difference in maintenance fees between the vendors.

  • Directors take on more tasks

    by  Phil Goodwin

    The competition among director-class products has never been more intense. If you're considering directors for the first time, or re-examining your fabric strategy, here's what you need to know.

  • Survey Says: Mixed-disk tiers not for everyone

  • New backup strategies

    In the final installment of his series on disk-based data protection, W. Curtis Preston describes how options such as snapshots, replication, continuous data protection and data reduction backup can improve the backup process.

  • Storage spending report

    Storage magazine's exclusive semiannual Purchasing Intentions Survey shows budgets slowly climbing, a move toward tiering and an increased focus on using disk for backup.

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