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Vol. 9 Num. 7 October 2010

Filling the storage information gap

Making technology choices is hard, but getting solid information about those technologies may be even tougher. And users are losing out. Having a choice is important, but it's also a double-edge sword. That's why on some level having a clear market leader makes life easier and safer for IT professionals. For example, you're probably using Cisco for your networking infrastructure; have a ton of Microsoft servers; and your server virtualization platform is more than likely VMware. However, users evaluating storage systems don't have a single clear leader to choose from. Dell, EMC, Hewlett-Packard (HP), Hitachi, IBM, NetApp and Oracle all have multibillion dollar storage businesses. There are more than a dozen storage system vendors that can be considered "competitive," and more startups are popping up all the time. In my travels I always ask IT professionals where they get their information when they have to make a storage decision. The three answers I consistently hear are from their peers, storage vendors and channel partners. ...

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    Server virtualization and virtual desktops can make configuring and managing storage systems a lot tougher. These 10 tips can help ease some of the stress caused by managing storage in a virtual environment.

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  • Space and time are still backup bugaboos

    Our latest survey has readers saying too much capacity and too much stuff to back up is their biggest pain point when it comes to backup. Many of them are counting on data dedupe to ease their backup blues.

  • Integrate the cloud with your backup app

    Getting the sophistication of a backup app and the simplicity and scalability of cloud storage is possible today. But there are still some kinks to work out.

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