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Vol. 6 No. 10 December 2007

Hot technologies for 2008

We pick the five must-have storage technologies you'll want in your data centers next year. Storage managers get pitched a ton of products in the course of a year. A few of them become widely accepted, some survive as niche products important to a select core of users and others disappear soon after their introduction. To be fair, winning products and technologies (those that change the way a storage manager works to store and protect storage, and retrieve data) aren't easy to spot once they move from labs and beta versions into production environments. To identify the hot technologies for 2008, the editors of Storage pored through scores of new storage products and technologies before arriving at five that promise to make storing data more efficient or eloquently solve a nagging data center problem. This year's picks include LTO-4, which adds increased capacity, speed and AES-256 to tape systems; N_Port ID Virtualization (NPIV), which allows multiple virtual devices to share a single physical Fibre Channel (FC) port; and ...

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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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