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Vol. 11 Num. 7 September 2012

Oh yeah? Try doing that without storage

A lot of people think storage doesn’t figure into corporate strategies, but it’s the key to success for initiatives ranging from big data to desktop virtualization. If everything I've heard lately is true, being an IT storage manager must be a pretty lonely job. I’ve been told 21st century IT initiatives are tied more closely than ever to the profit and loss of the business. That makes sense; they’ve always been tied to P&L and should have been tied even more closely. But what doesn’t make sense is how the focus of attention has shifted so dramatically to the end result (the useful information and software that lets you access it) while nearly ignoring almost everything else -- like storage and all the other necessary underpinnings. That might be the fault of storage pros, at least in part. Maybe you’ve done such a good job of providing reliable, responsive storage that you and your systems are being taken for granted by business units and a good chunk of the rest of the IT gang. “Storage? Yeah, we have some of that.” I know a ...

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Features in this issue

  • Update: Virtual server backup

    by  George Crump

    Virtual machine (VM) backup is more sophisticated now, but finding the perfect VM app for your environment means weighing the importance of many new capabilities.

  • IBM emerges at top of strong midrange array field

    by  Rich Castagna

    With nip-and-tuck battles in nearly every rating category, IBM prevails on the Storage magazine/ Quality Awards users’ service and reliability ratings.

  • Cloud storage for mobile devices

    by  Phil Goodwin, Contributor

    Workers are more mobile than ever and taking data along on a variety of devices that require new methods of delivering, protecting and backing up corporate data.

Columns in this issue

  • Oh yeah? Try doing that without storage

    by  Rich Castagna

    A lot of people think storage doesn’t figure into corporate strategies, but it’s the key to success for initiatives ranging from “big data” to desktop virtualization.

  • Tears of storage

    by  Jon Toigo

    It’s almost taken for granted that “new” storage tiering regimens require tier-zero SSDs, but does that add up to a better way to tier storage or a better way to sell more storage?

  • Is CDMI ready for prime time?

    by  Terri McClure

    What is the Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI), and what does it have to do with data storage? ESG senior analyst Terri McClure delves into the technology.

  • Surveying emerging SSD offerings

    by  Jeff Boles

    The fast developing solid-state storage market offers a variety of implementation choices. By carefully assessing your needs, you’ll be able to make the right product selection.