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Vol. 5 No. 5 July 2006

The storage show season is gearing up with lots of interesting vendor news

Show season opens, vendors make their pitches Interesting vendor news and throngs of users made this spring's storage shows memorable. I LIKE STORAGE shows. This season has been a good one thus far. Business is booming once again, technologies are moving forward and many fledgling vendors have moved up the ranks to become legitimate contenders. I just came back from Storage Decisions in Chicago, which is a show I really like. It always gets hundreds of real IT folks and has smart non-vendor speakers talk to them about interesting things. Categories range from tactical how-tos to more ethereal future-oriented concepts. Real users talk about real problems; semi-real people discuss real solutions. Vendors like it because users mob the tradeshow floor. I also like Storage Networking World (SNW), albeit for different reasons. SNW is more like a storage Mardi Gras, whereas Storage Decisions is more of an executive retreat. All of my clients are at SNW, which is great for me. There are also a lot of users attending the show, although ...

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    With numerous applications and a variety of hardware and software platforms, a single enterprise backup software product may not suffice for many companies. A bevy of backup applications that aren't as well-known as "the big three" may be better architected to handle new requirements.

  • Cut data down to size

    by  Arun Taneja

    With today's extreme data growth rates, adding disk-based protection is no longer an option but a requisite. Data reduction can help ease growth pains by paring down the data that goes to disk. There are many products with data-reduction capabilities available, but the technologies they use vary widely.

  • Survey Says: Users make wish list of VTL features

  • Talk is cheap

  • The best way to expand a SAN

    Building a new SAN or extending an existing SAN requires careful planning to strike the right balance between performance, cost, scalability, high availability and ease of management. Read how to determine what architecture is best for your company's storage access needs.

  • What's holding up ILM?

    While vendors work to fill in the gaps in the information lifecycle management stack and connect the pieces, IT and business units must hammer out a manageable set of policies to drive the ILM process in their organizations.

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