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Vol. 5 No. 7 September 2006

Quality Awards II: The elite of enterprise arrays

Hitachi Data Systems repeats as winner of the second edition of the Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Awards for enterprise arrays. Nothing symbolizes the prestige of storage in a data center more than enterprise-class disk arrays. Discussions about enterprise arrays are always more emotional and intense than other storage product categories, and justifiably so. That emotion is driven by the reality that "Tier-1" enterprise storage holds the data that fuels the organization's most demanding applications. Mission-critical application failure can cost businesses millions of dollars in seconds. Although vendors talk in terms of "nines of service," in practice, IT organizations are upset if their enterprise arrays ever fail. Products in our survey The following vendors and products were included in the 2006 Diogenes Labs-Storage magazine Quality Award survey for enterprise arrays: EMC Corp. Symmetrix 3000 Series, 8000 Series,DMX Series or DMX-3 Series Hewlett-Packard (HP) Co. StorageWorks XP Series Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) ...

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Features in this issue

  • Tricky backup for SharePoint

  • CDP: Look before you leap

    Some pundits have postulated that continuous data protection (CDP) will replace backup. But is that just new technology hyperbole or is CDP a must-have technology?

  • Backup-to-disk performance tuning

    Disk-based backup can lower costs, reduce complexity and add scalability. But to achieve top performance, you'll need to do lots of benchmarking and watch for poorly configured production storage.

Columns in this issue

  • Backup best practices are always evolving

    Some new advances in backup, such as virtual tape libraries, represent evolutionary enhancements to the traditional backup process, while others like continuous data protection and single-instance storage are potentially far more transformational.

  • 10 points to consider before deploying an e-mail archive

    Selecting an e-mail archiving application based solely on features and functions may result in unexpected administration costs. Consider these 10 points before deploying an e-mail archiver.

  • Some small tech upstarts might play big roles

    Storage Bin: The big storage vendors are always trying to steal a piece of each other's pie. But some small tech upstarts might play big parts in determining who comes out on top.