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Vol. 7 No. 1 March 2008

Case study: NY Mets add deduplication to roster

New York's "other" baseball team installed deduplication appliances in the first stage of retooling its backup processes. The New York Mets, a legendary baseball team, were seemingly on top of the world in 2007 and cruising toward a playoff spot with a seven game lead. At the same time, the organization's IT group was planning to extend its wireless network to accommodate the hundreds of extra reporters who would cover the post-season games. But with just 17 games left to play, the Mets went into a tailspin, losing 12 of their remaining games--an epic collapse. While that dashed the team's hope of going to the World Series and the need to extend its network, it hardly slowed the rush of data the IT group was scrambling to back up. "Our data just keeps growing no matter what happens on the field," says Joseph Milone, senior director of information systems and technology at Sterling American Property Inc., an affiliate of Sterling Equities, which is the parent company of the Mets. Sterling American Property, primarily a real ...

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  • Arrays score with both file and block storage

    Multiprotocol arrays that support block- and file-based storage through a single controller give users the best of both worlds: NAS for file-based information, and Fibre Channel or ISCSI block-based storage for databases and other transactional apps.

  • Case study: NY Mets add deduplication to roster

    With an extensive lineup of corporate data, photos and video, the Mets needed to recruit some backup help. The call went out for low-cost disk backup configuration, including deduplication and compression to reduce the amount of data to be backed up, as well as WAN optimization/acceleration to speed up the replication process. After much consideration, Data Domain was drafted for the job.

  • Ask the Expert:RAID rebuilds

    I run four 400GB SATA drives configured with RAID 5. I want to replace them with four 750GB drives. Can I rebuild and then swap individual drives?

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