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Vol. 1 No. 6 August 2002

Centralized Storage No Fad

From beaver skins to coon skin caps, Canadian retailing giant Hudson's Bay Company has seen many fashions come and go over its long and colorful history, which started 332 years ago under a charter from England's then king - Charles II - to trap and sell furs. But when it comes to storage, HBC's IT staff never fell for the decentralized management fad of the '80s and '90s. A devout mainframe shop, HBC's IT staff has practiced centralized storage management all along. "We don't believe in letting individual sysadmins take care of their little nugget of storage," says Laurence Whittaker, supervisor of the enterprise storage management group's support services - a group, incidentally, which was formed 14 years ago. HBC did succumb to a new trend three years ago - open systems - in order to be able to implement new applications such as Retek and Oracle Financials faster. But to Whittaker's chagrin, with open systems came uncontrolled storage growth. Using IBM AIX and NT servers connected to IBM Shark storage, what started out as 3TB...

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