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Vol. 3 No. 1 March 2004

Storage Pros of the World Unite!

Want to hobnob with fellow storage folk? There are now not one--but two--organizations putting on regular regional user groups for storage professionals. Both groups have upcoming meetings, and are welcoming new members. In the past year, has helped foster the creation of nine storage networking user groups (SNUGs) in the U.S., and one in Canada. It will also help you form a SNUG if there isn't one in your area. is loosely affiliated with the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA). Then, there's the Association of Storage Networking Professionals (ASNP), which ran its first user groups this past January. So far, the ASNP has started 14 chapters in the U.S., and is scheduling a second round of meetings for April. Membership is free to the first 1,000 members, and will cost $200 for members joining thereafter. The ASNP is a for-profit group with close ties to Storage World Conference organizers. In the case of SNUGs, meeting formats vary by regional group, and may or may not ...

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Features in this issue

  • Storage Pros of the World Unite!

    Commune with fellow storage folk

  • Consolidating NAS pays off

    by  Alan Radding

    The role of network-attached storage may be changing as more and more storage managers discover the the benefits of using NAS to consolidate file servers.

  • Tape type matters

    High-performance tape formats may all seem similar in capacity and throughput, but most formats lend themselves better to some applications then others. Find out how to decide which one is best for you.

  • Slash SAN costs

    by  Marc Farley

    SANs are expensive if you operate them according to conventional wisdom. Find out how to break the vicious circle of high costs that limit the places you can use SANs.

  • How to get the best deal

    Take this crash course in bargaining for storage. Get the lowdown on effective tactics such as resisting vendor lock-in, working with multiple vendors and leveraging the second tier.

  • No SAS for Networked Storage

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