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Vol. 2 No. 7 September 2003

Now that the lights are back on...

August's Northeast blackout shone a spotlight on disaster preparedness, and in doing so gave us a way to gauge how far we've come in the post-Sept. 11 era. The early reviews: Progress, but not enough. In July, I suggested that compliance might be the killer app that would bring storage networking solidly into the infrastructure, and storage managers firmly into upper management corps of IT. I think I was on to something, but reflecting on the events of the last month, the broader question seems to be how to build data protection and retention into enterprise computing, not bolt it on. Sadly, that's not a new question, even if it has a fancy new name--information lifecycle management. But it definitely has a new urgency. We now live in a world that's interconnected in more ways than any one of us can know. An angry peasant, an incompetent bureaucrat, an indifferent employee, an aging piece of equipment--any one of these and more can initiate a wave of disruption that will produce disastrous consequences in less time than it takes...

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Features in this issue

  • Where tape belongs

    by  David Braue

    Ignore the industry babble about whether tape is dead or not: Tape is here to stay. But with the advantages of new low-cost disk systems--especially for fast restoration--tape's role in backup will likely change. The upshot: You'll likely be using your libraries differently.

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