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Vol. 5 No. 6 August 2006

Special Supplement: 10 ways to trim storage costs

Storage August 2006 Special Supplement Finding the most efficient ways to buy and use storage gear can save you big bucks. Do you run out of disk capacity more often than planned? Is your storage budget maxed out months before the end of the year? The following 10 tips will help you stretch your storage budget, save money and get more out of your current technologies. 1) Archive or delete old files. Archiving or deleting unnecessary data has the potential to give you the biggest savings at the lowest cost. Archiving or deleting data not only saves the costs associated with the original copy, it yields ongoing savings in terms of processor, I/O and secondary storage for your backups. There are some files you can safely remove such as logs, message files, dump files or temporary files. If possible, automate these file deletions by scheduling Cleanmgr (Windows) or Skulker (various forms of Unix). You should also check with management to identify legal retention periods for archiving application data. For large databases, work with ...

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Features in this issue

  • Virtualization: Tales from the trenches

    We profile five companies that have deployed, or are currently testing, storage virtualization and analyze their implementation experiences. The storage pros behind these efforts tell us how the products they chose are working in their production environments.

  • New CAS players avoid hash lock-in

  • A step-by-step approach to data classification

    The most common shortcoming of a data classification project is the perception that it can be completed through technical analysis at the storage layer without engaging business users. While discovering and analyzing storage is part of the process, good classification requires engaging business users or their IT representatives.

  • Automate data recovery

    Policy-based storage management can automate the data recovery process. But you need to know what types of policies various products support, where the policy manager resides and what it's capable of doing.

  • NetApp spins out Ontap GX

  • Data migration: Proceed with caution

    This first of a three-part series on data migration products focuses on host-level data migration products. Data migration apps can automate, centralize and simplify data migrations while ensuring data integrity.

Columns in this issue

  • Getting started with database archiving

    E-mail archiving gets a lot of the attention these days, but databases shouldn't be overlooked. Database administrators end up managing old and unchanging data within their production databases, so backups are constantly protecting data that hasn't changed.

  • Standards efforts undermined

    Standards efforts undermined

  • More than 50% of the time electronic discovery requests aren't satisfied.

    Storage Bin: In the last year, 91% of large corporations have been through an electronic discovery request. Thirty-three percent of these companies go through one or more requests per month, while 66% of midmarket companies have the same issue. And more than 50% of the time, the requests aren't satisfied.

  • How to count the cost of storage

    by  Stephen Foskett

    The cost of each gigabyte of storage is declining rapidly in every segment of the market. Enterprise storage today costs what desktop storage did less than a decade ago. So why are overall costs increasing?