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Vol. 4 No. 3 May 2005

Realigning the stars

Recently, I slammed Veritas' management for a variety of failures that resulted in it merging with Symantec (see "Thumbs down on Veritas merger"). In April, I sat down with John Thompson, Symantec's CEO, and talked storage (see I have all the same questions about whether the merger will ultimately yield anything worthwhile for storage managers, but Thompson persuaded me he has an idea worth considering and time will tell if you agree. It's clear that he isn't naÏve about Veritas' history of tough business practices and the challenge of getting people to do things in a new way. And that's the subject of this editorial: the danger of business as usual, for you and vendors. I talked with a storage manager who's been laboring to get his boss to consider a new backup architecture. He wants to bring in one of the up-and-coming new players in backup software as a potential alternative to Veritas. This alternative vendor is in no danger of going out of business, has widely used products and has received ...

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Features in this issue

  • Real-World DR

    by  Marc Staimer

    Storage administrators often ask what their peers are doing to solve DR problems. However, information of this type is usually difficult to make public. These case studies have a central theme: Increasing data levels and stricter compliance regulations are forcing companies to look to newer technologies to solve their growing DR and backup pains.

  • Build a winning storage budget

    by  Dick Benton

    This tip offers advice on taking a business-plan approach to the process of building a storage budget.

  • Virtualization at your service

    New twist on virtualization

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