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Vol. 7 No. 5 July 2008

Lack of meta data complicates file archiving

Capturing a firm's unstructured data is no easy task. That's what file archiving is designed to tackle, and it likely involves finding and cataloging years' worth of documents, spreadsheets, PowerPoint slides, and media files such as videos and MP3s. File archiving products are becoming widely available, but the burden of finding and choosing the files to archive may largely fall to storage admins. A key problem, says Stephen Foskett, director of data practice at Mountain View, CA-based Contoural, is the lack of meta data around files vs. emails. "We don't know which things we should archive and which things we shouldn't because we don't have good describing words," he says. "If you're going to archive files effectively, you really need to have some human intelligence. File systems don't lend themselves to archiving." File archiving has followed in email archiving's footsteps with similar features like single-instancing, version control, and full-content index and search, but file archiving tools aren't necessarily a must-have ...

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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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