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Vol. 6 No. 12 February 2008

Best Practices: The year ahead: Green power, weak dollars and more apps

In 2008, are you willing to spend money to save money? By the time this article is published, most of you will have returned to work after a holiday break and settled down for the year ahead. Considering this is my first 2008 column, I decided to write about some areas that will take center stage this year. For the most part, things will continue to chug along at the same pace they did in 2007, but the sluggish economy means that many storage organizations may see their budgets tightening. At the same time, new initiatives such as green data centers should have an impact on how money is spent. Technology refresh Several vendors have launched new products to refresh their product portfolio. EMC updated its DMX line, while Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) announced the "V," "VM" and "SMS" platforms. With a few exceptions, most of these are incremental updates. Because of acquisitions, other vendors dropped several redundant products from their portfolios. For example, Brocade announced it would drop certain McData products in favor of ...

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Features in this issue

  • Users still wary about LTO-4 encryption

  • Snapshot: Data protection SLAs on the upswing

  • More Than Just Backup

    Data protection is changing rapidly, with point-in-time recoveries, fast legal discovery response and near real-time disaster recoveries becoming new requirements. To address these needs, enterprise backup applications are adding support for continuous data protection, deduplication, ediscovery, single-instance storage and the VMware Consolidated Backup framework. These backup suites promise not only integrated data protection, but overall enterprise data management.

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