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Vol. 8 Num. 8 November/December 2009

Can we survive consolidation?

Consolidation tools have helped some storage shops keep a lid on storage growth, but a consolidation solution could very well become the problem. Back in the '90s and throughout most of this decade, a lot of IT shops must have had revolving doors leading into their data centers. Expansion, upgrades and technical refreshes kept the doors spinning as a constant flow of bigger-better-faster gear made its way in and the older, suddenly obsolete equipment was shoved aside. It's a legacy of sprawl that most IT managers are grappling with now, and storage systems are squarely in the sights of consolidation efforts. Unfortunately, most consolidation has the opposite effect. Figuring out just how we got to this point may be instructive for future planning, if not particularly useful information for dealing with the issues now at hand. It's true that a good part of the problem may seem unstoppable -- we live in a data-driven world where protecting intellectual property is approached with a kind of religious zeal, causing every jot and ...

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Features in this issue

  • Hot storage technologies for 2010

    In our annual assessment, we pick five technologies we think will impact your storage operations in 2010. Read how VMware backup, solid-state storage, thin provisioning, 8 Gbps Fibre Channel and data dedupe for primary storage can change how you manage storage.

  • Energy conservation efforts still anemic

    Our Snapshot Survey reveals that "green storage" is still not top of mind for most storage managers. Some might be willing to spend more on systems that promise energy savings, but most are still dubious.

  • Virtual tape libraries in depth

    by  W. Curtis Preston

    Virtual tape libraries (VTLs) have been a relatively easy way to replace traditional tape libraries, but as other disk backup targets emerged, many thought VTLs would disappear. Now, with added features such as dedupe, they can be an attractive alternative to other disk target systems.

  • Salaries rise as storage grows

    In our exclusive annual survey charting the salaries and benefits of storage pros, many of them managed to see pay increases even as closings and layoffs sent some looking for new jobs. As data capacities grow, so does the need for dedicated storage pros.

  • Object storage gains steam as unstructured data grows

    Object storage isn't a new concept in the NAS world, but some new products are bypassing traditional file system interfaces as an industry debate emerges about the best way to cope with unstructured data.

Columns in this issue

  • Desktop virtualization: Better data protection?

    by  Lauren Whitehouse

    Backing up desktop/laptop PCs has been a thorn in the side of storage managers. Virtual desktop infrastructure technology can ease the burden of data protection for PCs, but it may not be a fit for all users.

  • Can we survive consolidation?

    Dedupe, server virtualization and data archivers are great tools to control storage capacity growth, but they treat the symptoms and don't provide true consolidation. Don't throw them out; use them better.