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Vol. 6 No. 3 May 2007

Survey Says: WAFS adoption picks up

Wide-area file services (WAFS) is steadily picking up steam, according to TheInfoPro's Wave 8 Storage Study. Largely spurred by a need to consolidate backups, 11% of survey respondents say they're now using WAFS, nearly double the number in the previous study. Further, it's likely that approximately 50% of users currently piloting WAFS will eventually deploy it, says Robert L. Stevenson, managing director, storage at TheInfoPro. WAFS tends to have shorter adoption/piloting cycles than projects such as block virtualization and tape encryption, he adds.

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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.