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Vol. 6 No. 3 May 2007

Editorial: Top 10 reasons to find another vendor

I'm up to my ears in numbers these days, culling stats from the surveys we run and the many other reports that pop up in my email. Reports can be fun even when they stretch the bounds of credulity--like IDC's recent prediction that the world will have to find some place to store 988 billion gigabytes of data by 2010. (I wonder if they'll 'fess up if the number falls short by a hundred billion gigabytes or so.) At least they're not predicting the Cubs will win the World Series ... Those kinds of numbers are pretty hard to fathom or confirm. At Storage, the numbers we typically deal with are a lot easier to put into context because they represent what you tell us you plan to do or buy, or how you think your vendors are treating you. But what truly makes some of the numbers come alive is talking to you about them when we do our follow-up interviews. So much of what I hear is about how you deal with vendors. And whether they're horror stories or experiences that are just a bit unnerving, they all demonstrate just how much time and ...

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Features in this issue

  • Negotiating for support

    Over a period of just a few years, the amount you spend on support contracts could equal or even exceed the price of the product itself. But storage support contracts are usually optional, and both the extent of coverage and its cost are definitely negotiable. A little hard bargaining and creativity, along with the leverage of seeking maintenance from a third-party support company, can go a long way toward knocking down your support costs.

  • More laptop backup options

  • Storage managers in control

    For the first time in five years, the amount of capacity storage managers plan to add this year dropped, according to the results of Storage magazine's latest Purchasing Intentions Survey. To be sure, the decrease was more of a sign that relief may be on the way for storage managers who have spent the last few years trying to keep up with runaway storage growth.

Columns in this issue

  • Best Practices: Protecting SharePoint data

    SharePoint's collaboration framework is gaining in popularity, but it has a number of data protection challenges that can result in significant levels of complexity rather quickly. Storage and data protection groups must work with application teams to plan an effective data protection strategy.