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Vol. 4 No. 6 August 2005

Smaller storage companies have proven that they can innovate

When you boil it down, there are really only a handful of big, wealthy, powerful players in this business. The EMCs and IBMs have almost all of the power. If they put their competitive sights on you, look out. Yet, somehow, the entrepreneurial spirit makes some spit in the face of the Goliaths and does its best to run around, underneath or through them. Most get squashed along the way, but some underdogs have outwitted the giants and are reaping their rewards. So are many of you who are taking advantage of their innovations. Decru was just bought by Network Appliance (NetApp) for 272 million beans. The storage encryption pioneer couldn't get anyone to pay attention to it until the news was full of stories about big banks losing customer information. The fact is, everything worth keeping private will eventually be encrypted. NetApp recognized this and paid handsomely to be the first giant on the block with a story. Now Decru competitors, such as Kasten Chase, NeoScale and Vormetric, are all on the radar screen. AppIQ couldn't be ...

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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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