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Vol. 7 No. 3 May 2008

Pivotal time for storage (Editorial)

Pivotal time for storage Marketing types call it an inflection point. Sports-minded pundits say it's a game changer. Scholarly types--at the risk of being pummeled with the Oxford English Dictionary--classify it as a paradigm shift. The less expressive among us, including me, are more likely to say, "Wow, there's really something going on here." And there's a helluva lot going on in the storage world these days. Part of it can be attributed to the natural evolution of the tech market. Big storage vendors lumber along for years. Little startups pop into the picture with their new ideas, catching the notice of these giants. Before you can say "Why didn't I think of that?" they gobble up the startups. It's the Darwinian world of technology, and it's not unlike most other businesses. It sounds harsh, but some of the big ideas generated by small startups would probably never see the light of day without a boost from their big brothers, even if it means being bullied. Take data deduplication. It's an idea largely developed and ...

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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.