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Vol. 7 No. 5 July 2008

Change that stands the test of time: Best Practices

Charting a new IT course means boldly going forward--with a plan. Change is in the air. Whether it's national politics or IT infrastructure trends, people are yearning for new and creative solutions to their problems. In many ways, this desire for change appears to stem from a feeling that we've lost control and need to remedy the situation. In the storage world, this trouble can be traced to what we call "hypergrowth." This growth has placed a considerable strain on the management of storage infrastructures, and the problem is now exacerbated by the following trends: New categories of data: Rich media and other storage-hungry data types are becoming commonplace. New application categories: As firms strive to establish competitive advantage, new application categories (many of them under the banner of Web 2.0 initiatives) are springing up. These can introduce additional service-level requirements and consumption challenges. Increased service-level demands from traditional business processes. When staking out a future technology ...

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  • Solid State: New frontier for storage

    Solid-state media is starting to show up as an option for traditional storage arrays because it offers higher performance and lower power consumption. However, there are still reliability concerns related to wear out, the slower write performance of flash cells, and issues related to array management and interoperability.

  • DLT-S4 tape drives at bargain prices

  • Here comes 8Gig Fibre Channel

    New 8Gb/sec host bus adapters (HBAs) and switch devices have started arriving. But with storage arrays incorporating the new, higher speed technology still months away, end-to-end 8Gb storage infrastructures are still in the planning stages. Storage managers can get a jump on their 8Gig configurations by upgrading switches and HBAs now, or by considering networking gear that supports Fibre Channel over Ethernet.

  • Server blades and storage

    by  Ellen O'Brien

    Many IT shops are moving from traditional rack-mounted servers to blade configurations in hopes of reducing power and floor space requirements in their data centers. But combining blade architectures with server virtualization can cause problems with I/O and storage systems.

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