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Vol. 4 No. 6 August 2005

Why Windows is storage-friendly

My April best practices column apparently touched a nerve (see Windows and storage--debunking the myths). That month, I presented an overview of some of the most important storage capabilities available with Windows servers, especially the often-overlooked built-in volume manager. Reader response was tremendous--it turns out that most sites have Windows servers and many are plagued by the myth that Windows is unfriendly to storage administrators. That discussion was only the tip of the iceberg, however. Microsoft claims to be focused on making Windows "the best storage platform" by integrating enterprise-class features. In addition to the built-in volume manager, server versions of the Windows operating system include a Multipath I/O (MPIO) driver and the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS). The former provides high availability for storage, while the latter allows integrated file system and storage array snapshots. These two features can be used with many of the storage arrays commonly found in today's data centers to improve the ...

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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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