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Vol. 7 No. 3 May 2008

Hot Spots: Just say 'Yes' to a new IT strategy

Cross-functional staffs and software can make all the difference in your data center. Today's business environment is more challenging than ever before. Market conditions are subject to rapid change, while regulatory compliance requirements continue to place more demands on IT. Within the data center, new composite apps are driving service-oriented architectures (SOAs), and Web 2.0 initiatives require unprecedented levels of sharing and accessing data--while exhibiting an unpredictable rate of data growth. What's ultimately required is a more dynamic IT infrastructure that can react to rapidly changing conditions, new requirements and massive growth, and also provide availability. In short, for IT to remain (or even become) a truly relevant strategic resource, it has to stop operating within systems that offer a "No" response when asked to provide services to the business. To accomplish this, IT and the infrastructure it controls must become "fluid" and dynamic so that the response to any question can always be "Yes." IT needs ...

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Features in this issue

  • Hard disk drives become more affordable

  • Legal toolkit for storage systems

    Storage managers may be reluctant to admit it, but they and the storage systems they manage are key players in most companies' compliance and legal readiness procedures. While ediscovery is the current buzzword, there's currently no all-encompassing ediscovery tool on the market. But you can assemble an effective toolkit with some of the point products that are available now.

  • Ask the Expert: NFS vs. CIFS

    What should you consider when choosing between Network File Sharing (NFS) or Common Internet File System (CIFS)?

Columns in this issue

  • Hot Spots: Just say 'Yes' to a new IT strategy

    by  Bob Laliberte

    Software will increasingly transcend the self-imposed technology barriers that have evolved in larger data center environments. The ability to create policy-based programs that not only automate processes, but empower others to help themselves, will dramatically improve efficiency.