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Vol. 7 No. 1 March 2008

Storage Bin 2.0: A perfect time to return

Infrastructure 3.0 is a good reason not to retire. Did you truly think I could stay away from this column for long? Don't be silly. It was all a negotiating ploy, and boy did it ever work. I figured I would try to scare these guys into paying me the really big money, but I got a free Storage magazine subscription instead. I showed them! That's not really true. What is true is that my intentions were good, but my timing was bad. Handing off Storage Bin was a little like sending the kids to camp--it seemed like a good idea at the time, but as soon as I turned my back, I started missing the buggers. So while I enjoyed saving the eight minutes I would have otherwise spent writing this column, as well as the huge sense of relief from not having to perform literary magic each month, fate has brought me back to you. I'm glad, really. I missed you, as silly as that sounds. It was a mistake to give up this coveted space because for the first time in a very, very long time, the storage world is about to become red hot--and by that I mean ...

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Features in this issue

  • 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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