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Vol. 3 No. 12 February 2005

Snapshot: Managing storage for legacy systems

How do you manage storage for legacy systems? Do you have any legacy operating systems in-house (e.g., MVS, VMS, OS/2)? Which legacy systems do you have? How do you plan to maintain storage for the legacy systems? Poor Storage readers--a majority (61.2%) of you have in-house legacy systems, many of which haven't been supported by storage vendors in years. What's the solution? Most of you (65%) plan to remain with the status quo and keep your legacy systems on direct-attached storage (DAS). For those of you who can, migrating to a storage area network (SAN) is also an option (23.3%). Some plan to retire the legacy system altogether (20%) and an honest minority (8.3%) has no idea what to do. "Pray?" suggests one not-so-helpful reader.

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Features in this issue

  • No-sweat SAN design

    Whether you're planning a new storage area network (SAN) or dealing with the growing pains of an existing one, SAN design tools can ease the process.

  • E-mail archivers keep companies legit

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  • D2D Backup: Disk's dual role

    In part one of a three-part series on disk-based backup, we describe how SAN disk-as-disk and NAS disk-as-disk work, as well as the pros and cons of each configuration.

  • Backup exec: Time to grow up

    New version of Backup Exec catches up with Windows growth.

  • Scaling SANs

    Horizontal and vertical scaling are two methods of improving a SAN's capacity and performance. We discuss how to choose the appropriate approach for your environment.

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