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Vol. 4 No. 6 August 2005

Getting serious about storage resource management tools

Remember a storage startup called HighGround Systems? This company coined the phrase storage resource management (SRM) in approximately 1998. HighGround created a fair amount of industry buzz by offering the first SRM software suite and eventually selling the company to Sun Microsystems in December 2000 for $400 million. This one deal set the venture capital community on fire, and they subsequently threw money at nearly every product and services business plan with the letters S, R and M in it. Industry pundits quickly dubbed both 2001 and 2002 as "the year of SRM," and predicted hockey stick-like revenue growth and a multibillion-dollar market. But this never materialized. You can attribute the failure to Internet-boom hyperbole, but early SRM missed the mark in a big way. Enterprise storage managers reacted coolly to early efforts because: Early SRM was too expensive. Early market entrants focused on selling software to large companies based on storage capacity across the enterprise. After seeing the price tags on SRM apps, ...

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Features in this issue

  • Bridging the gap

    Many disaster recovery and remote backup programs rely on an efficient, cost-effective WAN. Fiber-optic network technology is often required for long-distance data transmission, but you need to know what transport is best and the related implementation issues.

  • Monolithic going modular

    Monolithic systems go modular

  • DR testing infrequent at best

    Have you tested your DR plan?

  • Storage for manufacturing

    Manufacturing environments typically have different storage requirements than corporate apps, and have to deal with globally dispersed design teams as well as growing regulatory concerns. Here's how several prominent manufacturers have met the challenge.

  • New tools to classify data

    by  Brad O'Neill

    Putting data on storage systems appropriate to its value requires the ability to classify data. An emerging category of applications, Information Classification and Management apps, can index enterprise information and execute precise actions based on its content.

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