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Vol. 3 No. 1 March 2004

What's Worth Outsourcing?

If an outsourcing company can do your work as well as you, but for less money, then you should jump at the chance, right? Well, that depends on what aspect of storage you're outsourcing. Marcelo Barrios, director of business development, global services, at StorageTek, sees three areas where storage staffs struggles to keep up: data protection, capacity planning and interoperability. StorageTek--like other high-end companies such as Electronic Data Systems (EDS), IBM Global Services and MSI--provides a variety of storage outsourcing services and Barrios has found that data protection is most frequently outsourced. Why is that? "Backup and recovery duties are frequently outsourced because they can be a distraction when you are trying to focus on mission-critical applications that help run your business everyday," says Barrios. Another reason for a company to outsource its storage is the recent rush of compliance regulations on data. "A company has to ask itself: Do we have the people and skills to get ourselves compliant," says ...

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  • 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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