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Vol. 6 No. 10 December 2007

Green, greener and greenest

Green, greener and greenest I'll try to maintain some dignity here by not quoting Kermit the Frog on the subject of green, but it's not beneath me to paraphrase him: It's not easy being a storage manager. Not too long ago, the only green storage vendors seemed interested in was the kind with pictures of Benjamin Franklin on it that they carried around in their wallets. But now even casual observers of the storage industry know that power consumption and air conditioning are cool issues, and green is definitely the "in" color. So what should you do when everyone agrees that a problem exists but few, if any, good solutions have been offered? Form a committee, of course. And that's exactly how the storage industry has responded. What better way to come up with valid, practical solutions than to get a bunch of rowdies together in a room (real or virtual), choose a catchy dot-org name and maybe have a secret handshake? It doesn't even matter that every group member not-so-secretly hopes that others will fail miserably at this green ...

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Features in this issue

  • Talking up server virtualization, security at SNW

  • VTL data management issues

    As disk libraries become the primary backup target for near-term data recoveries, storage managers are exploring new ways to exploit tape's high capacity, low cost and mobility. Disk is the best medium for fast backups and recoveries, and many companies have turned to virtual tape libraries as a way to put disk in their backup process. On the surface, it may seem easy to implement a VTL, but there are many subtle operational issues that must be dealt with to ensure that your data can be recovered quickly when needed.

  • Snapshot: Will you adopt LTO-4?

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