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Vol. 5 No. 12 February 2007

Classified data: For your eyes only

Classified data: For your eyes only There's a subtle change taking effect in storage circles: Storage managers are realizing that the systems they oversee hold a position of strategic importance in their companies. The days of bits and bytes are gone, and there's a far more integral role to play than that of company data keeper. Storage professionals are moving from being guardians to being in the avant-garde of information management for a simple reason--they have to. In recent years, companies' expectations of what their storage systems should be, do and cost have changed so drastically that the only way to cope is to think about storage in an entirely different way. Call it "smart storage" or "intelligent storage," or whatever buzzwords work for you. The point is that it's no longer about shuffling data around bigger and bigger boxes; it's understanding that all those zeros and ones add up to the corporate crown jewels. This isn't big news for many of you who saw the writing on the wall when "SOX" and "HIPAA" wormed their way...

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Features in this issue

  • Integrating iSCSI and FC storage

    Mixing iSCSI with Fibre Channel (FC) allows you to make more efficient use of installed storage capacity, but marrying the two protocols isn't without its challenges. Bringing iSCSI into existing FC SANs raises integration issues and leads to a somewhat more complex storage infrastructure that requires IP and FC knowledge, as well as the ability to manage and troubleshoot a multiprotocol storage environment.

  • Removable disk vies with tape

  • Clustering ERP apps

    For mission-critical apps, availability is the key. Clustering those applications can ensure they stay up and running, but clustering often conjures up images of complex technologies and an environment that's fragile and complex. Still, for most companies, the benefits of clustering are profound enough to mitigate its risks.

  • Protect laptop data

    When your company's data is mobile, it's far more vulnerable, so protecting laptop data is critical. Protecting data on laptops is a two-pronged process: ensuring the data is always available using backup, and securing data from prying eyes through encryption.

Columns in this issue

  • Classified data: For your eyes only

    Classified data: For your eyes only

  • Are you taking the iSCSI plunge?

    iSCSI has grown from a theoretical standard into a real technology with real storage products. Although once considered by many to be a Fibre Channel killer, iSCSI has gained a substantial foothold without necessarily displacing Fibre Channel. Companies of all sizes are taking the plunge, and the iSCSI juggernaut appears to be unstoppable.

  • Latest technological innovations coming from Europe

    Storage Bin: If you want to know where the latest technological innovations are coming from, go to Europe.

  • From worm to worst

    by  Stephen Foskett

    Everyone thinks about online data in the same way: You write it, read it, rewrite it and keep it forever. But many organizations have far more data that's written once, read a few times and kept alive forever. You might say this bulk data is "write once, read several times" (WORST), and it can bloat your storage environment.