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Vol. 8 Num. 6 September 2009

Rule #1: Know thy data

Data classification isn't just for document management systems anymore; it's the key to storage efficiency. A few years from now, when you look back on 2009, what will you see? Will it be just a blur of slashed budgets and urgent demands for new capacity, leaving you wondering how your storage shop survived the turmoil? Or will you see it as the turning point that set your shop on the path to greater storage efficiency? How you reflect on these tough times will depend on your ability to turn misfortune into opportunity. It's pretty clear that this year's theme is "efficiency." Months ago, I said 2009 was going to be a year of rethinking how we manage our storage. While you've consistently been hearing that you have to do "more with less," the truth is that you have to do more with the same stuff -- just better than ever before. And there are plenty of tools to help you use your storage gear more efficiently. Data deduplication -- the poster child for the storage industry for the past two years -- is a great way to avoid adding ...

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Features in this issue

  • Solid-state storage update

    Solid-state storage is still mostly for well-heeled shops with power-hungry apps, but new developments could bring solid state down to earth soon.

  • Capacity still biggest backup bugaboo

    Storage managers are making headway with backup pain points, but rising capacities are still a headache. How are storage pros dealing with these challenges? More disk.

  • Software vendors expand data deduplication offerings

    You can add data deduplication to your backup operations with an appliance, VTL or target array -- but backup application vendors offer software-only alternatives.

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