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Vol. 2 No. 6 August 2003

Getting started with data storage efficiency

I recently had dinner with four friends who happen to be directors of IT operations. We talked about many aspects of IT, but when we meandered into a discussion on storage, I was surprised to learn that my friends' companies still treat storage as an appendage of a system environment. Each firm has four computing environments: mainframe (IBM zSeries), AS/400 (now the iSeries), Unix and Windows. Each operates as a storage island with its own equipment, policies, procedures and staff. And consequently, several things are true: In this scenario, the way data is protected depends on the computing platform, equipment in one area is overburdened while another lays dormant, and the four groups have unique ways of doing the same tasks. None of that is good. If you read the typical trade press and vendor rhetoric, you'd think these guys are a bunch of dinosaurs. Aren't companies now sharing storage area networks (SANs) across heterogeneous environments? Haven't many firms built common storage organizations? The answer to these questions ...

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Features in this issue

  • Early Adopters Unequivocally Up About iSCSI Arrays

    After years of listening to iSCSI hype, some IT professionals are embracing a new generation of IP-based storage subsystems, a group that includes the PeerStorage Array 100E, an iSCSI array from Nashua, NH-based EqualLogic.

  • EMC Expands Reach of Symmetrix DMX

    The incredible expanding Symmetrix DMX

  • SRM Vendors Set Sights on Secondary Storage

    Storage resource management (SRM) has become a standard offering for primary storage from all of the major SAN management vendors. Now, a number of startups and established backup software makers have taken the features of SRM and aimed them at secondary storage.

  • File Virtualization Tackles NAS Management Woes

    Now that NAS farms have grown to multiterabyte proportions, management migraines usually associated with SANs have arisen, and virtualization--round two--has begun.

  • Can tools streamline provisioning?

    Virtualization was last year's buzz word, and it looks like provisioning may be this year's. We dissect what these tools actually do and how to choose which ones that are likely to actually be useful in your environment.

  • The best way to scale SANs

    by  Stephen Foskett

    SAN configurations greatly influence their scalability. There's no perfect model, but here are the trade-offs involved with each major option.

  • Why consolidate?

    Organizations trying to consolidate storage often find themselves creating SAN islands that perpetuate traditional stovepipes. Does this solve the problem?

  • E-mail: It's worse than you think

    by  Eric Knorr

    According to a 2003 study by Meta Group, 80% of businesspeople say e-mail is more essential than the telephone. However, storage managers are struggling to keep pace with the growth in message volume and retention requirements. however.

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