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Vol. 4 No. 9 November 2005

Low risk or low gain?

Low risk or low gain? At Storage Decisions this September in New York City, a storage manager from a large pharmaceutical company spoke of the trouble he has getting his firm to evaluate products from a vendor they're not currently doing business with. Buy a product from a startup? It's more likely that the CFO will hand out $100 bills to all employees every Friday. This storage manager's quandary was evident: How can he pick the right technology for the job when he's locked into a small pool of vendors? At any given moment, those in the pool may not be at the front of the train, leaving him and his company in the caboose. That's ironic for a company whose whole business is built around discovering new drugs. Storage managers face a lot of challenges these days in buying infrastructure. Vendors like 3PAR, AppIQ, Copan Systems, Decru, Maxxan Systems and Nexsan Technologies have seriously changed what we might consider doable in storage. Storage managers may wish for these startups to all find a home with a household-name vendor, ...

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Features in this issue

  • Quality Awards: What are the best midrange arrays?

    Midrange array users are a generally satisfied group, according to the latest Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Awards survey. While all midrange array vendors fared quite well in this third installment of our awards program, the vendor that snared top honors might surprise some people.

  • Easing away from ESCON

    by  Alex Barrett

    ESCON, the protocol that pre-dated FICON as a systems-to-storage connection, is incompatible with the newer FICON-based systems. This tip looks at various ways you can tackle this dilemma.

  • Secure your backups

    The headlines tell the story: Lost tapes can jeopardize the confidentiality of personal information and cause public-relations woes for those companies charged with safeguarding that data. Encryption can solve the problem, but implementing tape encryption isn't so easy, as performance issues could impact backup windows.

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