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Vol. 7 No. 1 March 2008

Vendors retool SRM apps

Storage resource management tools come in a variety of flavors and offer features that take steps toward automating your storage environment, while reporting on the efficiency of the installed storage systems. It's no secret storage resource management (SRM) is a large category of disparate products covering most everything from very specialized storage tools to groupings of tools that manage and report on the many different parts of the storage environment. Seven years ago, SRM was focused mainly on provisioning and allocating storage. Many of the products at the time were derived from the numerous storage service providers turned software providers. The tools were somewhat primitive and didn't live up to their hype. But despite the rocky start, SRM companies and their offerings continue to grow. The definition of what constitutes SRM depends on who you ask and what they're selling. The number of SRM providers has fluctuated over time as innovative startups appear, grow into independent companies, and are then acquired or fold ...

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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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