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Vol. 5 No. 7 September 2006

Some small tech upstarts might play big roles

The new storage battleground shapes up There's a delicate balance of power among storage vendors, but small tech upstarts might tip the scales. In the storage systems space, there have been only a handful of players--EMC, Hitachi Data Systems (HDS) and IBM--that have truly controlled the high-end enterprise array market. These vendors fight over billions of your dollars every year; much more than that if you count all of the ancillary stuff surrounding the hardware. If a vendor can get the "core," it can usually find other spots within the enterprise to sell the rest of its wares. For years, EMC, HDS and IBM have been battling each other inside the core. They steal shares from each other when possible and, over time, we've seen big, slow shifts. In 1988, I think IBM had approximately 98% of the market until EMC took advantage of Big Blue's lack of focus and became the market leader by changing the battle. EMC made storage a separate decision from the server, which tripped up IBM because once a customer evaluated storage ...

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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.