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Vol. 7 No. 4 June 2008

Storage Bin 2.0: Bridging the gap with just one word

By saying "Yes," IT can actually become nimble, flexible, dynamic and, perhaps more importantly, strategic. What's listed on your CIO's whiteboard? According to CIO magazine, it's something along these lines: people leadership, managing budgets, business alignment, infrastructure refresh, security, compliance, resource management, managing customers and change, and board politics. This list, my friends, shall provide me with column material for weeks to come. Let's start at the top with people leadership. It's the No. 1 priority, but what does this mean? Is it your CIO's top goal to become a better leader to you and your IT pals? While that would certainly qualify as a noble cause, I'm fairly certain that's not what these CIOs had in mind. Instead, I think it means they've finally figured out that they need to learn how to manage the folks on the business side of the table, the people causing them (and you) the most problems. Right or wrong, the CIO is the chief of the IT world. They used to be techies, and then became ...

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Features in this issue

  • Gaps seen in file archiving tools

  • 10 key considerations for email archiving

    If you haven't standardized on an email archiving product, it can be time-consuming to find one that fits your company's needs. We list the 10 questions that will help you narrow down the list of available products and find the one that best suits your requirements.

  • QUALITY AWARDS III: NetApp sweeps NAS awards

    After a clean sweep of both the enterprise and midrange categories, NetApp is the undisputed NAS king. BlueArc Corp., last year's enterprise winner, didn't have a chance to challenge NetApp with too few responses to make the final cut.

  • Ask the Expert: Connecting two data centers

    I'm connecting two data centers, 70km apart, and I want to use EMC Symmetrix for synchronous replication. Will that distance work?

  • Migrate data without mistakes

    by  Deni Connor

    Data migrations are a fact of life. In many cases, the migration ends up being a tedious process. Automated tools can help ease migration woes. Host-based migration software takes the load off the storage array and can easily bridge the gap when migrating data between heterogeneous storage systems. But array-based migration may be preferred for technology refreshes.

  • The big crunch: Capacity grows, budgets shrink

    The brief respite storage managers enjoyed from the ever-escalating need for more disk capacity appears to be over. Respondents to our 2008 Purchasing Intentions survey say they'll add an average of 47TB of new disk capacity this year. But they'll have to do it with smaller storage budgets. And while virtualization could help respondents use their storage more efficiently, it's still receiving a cool reception.

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