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Vol. 4 No. 2 April 2005

Signs of progress

The storage industry has frequently made me cranky with its unfortunate tendency to cling to outmoded ways of doing business. But I've recently seen some hopeful developments. Take this month's cover subject--clustering. On the heels of a sudden infatuation with modular storage, clustering is yet another development signaling that storage vendors have finally learned what the rest of the computer industry knew about 15 years ago. Big, monolithic devices have their place, but, basically, the future of computing is about getting lots of small, cheap things to work together. A more subtle change is taking place in the way you'll buy storage. More and more storage, even sophisticated stuff, will be sold through indirect channels--resellers, integrators and so on. The little guys that have prospered through the SAN/NAS boom have to do it, and the big guys are now finding that they do, too. Fundamentally, this is a good thing. The big guys will have to ease off the account control pedal a bit and put more effort into making their ...

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  • Pros and cons of VTLs

    by  W. Curtis Preston

    VTLs aren't perfect, and this tip outlines some caveats about the technology that you need to know before implementing a VTL.

  • First Look: Crossroads Systems' DataMover 240f

    Crossroads Systems' DataMover 240f is a SAN edge device that takes on one of the most vexing backup bottlenecks by keeping data flowing through the network pipes.

  • Are SATA drives ready for the enterprise?

    SATA drives are great low-cost alternatives to pricey Fibre Channel and SCSI drives, but they lack the reliability and performance that mission-critical applications demand. But new technologies are bringing SATA up to enterprise-class standards.

  • Keep track of backups

    Backup reporting tools help track backup failures and determine their cause. Some tools can identify weak links in your backup processes where there's a potential for failure.

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