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Vol. 7 No. 1 March 2008

What's the best storage budget money you ever spent?

Question of the Month: What's the best storage budget money you've ever spent? "Hiring a great storage professional cheap!" Bill Bald, Wake Forest, NC "The best money we have spent was on our IBM modular tape libraries." Jon Holmes, systems administrator, RedCats USA "We [members of the Encompass HP user group] worked out a SAN design over a drink at a conference. Most of that 'napkin' design was installed at multiple sites, giving us a central tape backup for all servers." Steve Davidek, systems administrator, City of Sparks, NV "Data Domain for backup to disk." David Dulek, storage administration lead, Fastenal Company "The best budget money spent would have to be our first Hitachi SAN. Next would have to be our second Hitachi SAN." Ken Gehring, CGI, Edmonton, Alberta

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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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