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Vol. 5 No. 10 December 2006

Snapshot: Continuous data protection

Interest in continuous data protection (CDP) is growing among Storage readers. Although two-thirds of respondents aren't using a CDP product, 63% of those nonusers are testing or planning to deploy CDP within the next two years. CDP technology has been around for a while, but has only taken hold fairly recently--48% of respondents indicate they implemented their product in the last six months. Those respondents who don't have any plans to deploy CDP cite meeting their recovery point objectives without it as their top reason. Still, comments suggest some users are cautiously watching the market. "We're taking a wait-and-see approach and considering CDP primarily for desktops at the onset," writes one reader, while another indicates that they'd prefer to see "what really works [and] what doesn't" as CDP apps are put to work in the real world. --Trina MacDonald

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Features in this issue

  • Hot technologies for 2007

    "Storage" magazine's editors reviewed technology developments, product introductions and storage standards to come up with this short list of must-have technologies for 2007. We believe iSCSI SANs, hardware-based tape encryption, high-capacity disk drives, virtualization and thin provisioning will have the greatest impact on enterprise storage environments.

  • SAN consolidation strategies

    As islands of SANs proliferate in companies, the cost of storage can soar. Sound SAN design strategies allow companies to reduce the number of SAN islands, strengthen a primary SAN, make storage easier to manage and provide more data protection.

  • Quality awards II: EqualLogic named top midrange array

    by  Rich Castagna

    Another Quality Awards dark-horse candidate, EqualLogic PS Series, joins backup winner BakBone in unseating established players for top honors.

Columns in this issue

  • Is it really a disaster?

    Was it really a disaster after all? It's important to distinguish operational recovery from disaster recovery because the tools and techniques used in each situation can differ significantly.